April 17, 2003
#2 FLORIDA STATE (34-6, 11-4 ACC)
The second-ranked Seminoles travel to No. 11 Miami this weekend after winning their third straight game Wednesday against Jacksonville. FSU and UM will play the usual six-game series as the Hurricanes travel to Tallahassee next weekend. Head coach Mike Martin won his 1,272nd game Sunday against Clemson, passing former Miami coach Ron Fraser for eighth on the all-time victory list. Freshman third baseman Eddy Martinez-Esteve leads the team with a .355 season average and is tied for the team lead in home runs (7) with junior catcher Tony Richie, who has recorded a team-high 48 RBI. Sunday starter Daniel Davidson was named ACC Pitcher of the Week for his performance against Clemson last Sunday as he pitched seven scoreless innings and tied a career-high with seven strikeouts.
#11 MIAMI (28-7)
Miami, ranked No. 11 in this week’s Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll, defeated FIU Wednesday to improve to 28-7 on the season. The Hurricanes are paced offensively by SS Ryan Braun, who leads the team in batting average (.372), home runs (nine) and RBI (42). UM will go with LHP J.D. Cockroft (6-0, 2.35 ERA) on Friday, RHP Vince Bongiovanni (5-2, 3.04 ERA) on Saturday and LHP Brandon Camardese (5-0, 4.61 ERA) on Sunday.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Miami 121-103-3, which dates back to 1951. FSU won five of six last year against the Hurricanes, including a first-ever three-game sweep at Miami.
FOLLOWING THE ‘NOLES ON TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
Fox Sports Net will carry the three-game series (Friday tape delay at 10:00 p.m., Sat. & Sun. live). All three games will be carried live by WFLA News Radio 1270 (FSU’s flagship station) in Tallahassee. Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Live audio broadcasts as well as live stats (Gametracker) can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.