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No. 2 Florida State Baseball Visits No. 1 Clemson

May 16, 2002


#2 FLORIDA STATE (48-12, 15-6 ACC)


The Seminoles, who have swept their last five series (Miami, Georgia Tech, NC State, Duke & Maryland), moved up to No. 2 in this week’s Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll. After four straight home series, Florida State hits the road for an ACC showdown at No. 1 Clemson. FSU extended its winning streak to 14 games with three wins over the Terps last weekend. Six of the nine regular starters are hitting .338 or higher while eight Seminoles have five or more home runs. The Seminoles are led by senior third baseman Ryan Barthelemy (.378, 16 HR, 80 RBI) and junior left-hander Matt Lynch (11-1, 3.31 ERA), who will get the start on Friday night. ACC Freshman of the Year candidate Stephen Drew (.390, 11 HR, 41 RBI) had his 13-game hitting streak snapped last Friday vs. Maryland, but responded with the game-winning, two-out homer in Saturday’s 10-8 victory over the Terps.


#1 CLEMSON (43-9, 16-5 ACC)


The Tigers swept Virginia last weekend to maintain their No. 1 ranking. Before taking on Florida State, Clemson travels to Western Carolina on Wednesday. Shortstop Khalil Greene leads the ACC with a .483 batting average. Three Tigers have 17 or more homers (3B Jeff Baker – 19, 1B Michael Johnson – 17 and Greene – 17). Clemson will go with RHP Steve Reba (11-1, 3.48 ERA) on Friday, RHP Matt Henrie (10-2, 2.73 ERA) on Saturday and LHP Tyler Lumsden (2-0, 4.50 ERA) on Sunday.


THE SERIES


FSU leads the all-time series 46-40-1, which dates back to 1958. The Seminoles swept the three-game series last year in Tallahassee while Clemson won all three at home in 2000. Florida State defeated Clemson in the ACC Tournament last season by a score of 5-4.


TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB


All three games at Clemson will be carried live by WFLA News Radio 1270 (FSU’s flagship station) in Tallahassee. Lee Bowen will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Live stats can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.


FSU PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP


1B Jerrod Brown (.348, 4 HR, 39 RBI)


2B Bryan Zech (.340, 2 HR, 35 RBI)


SS Stephen Drew (.390, 11 HR, 41 RBI)


3B Ryan Barthelemy (.378, 16 HR, 80 RBI)


C Tony Richie (.312, 7 HR, 54 RBI)


LF Tony McQuade (.377, 5 HR, 36 RBI)


CF Nick Rogers (.338, 8 HR, 61 RBI)


RF Richie Smith (.279, 6 HR, 25 RBI)


or Mike Futrell (.259, 6 HR, 20 RBI)


DH Blair McCaleb (.287, 5 HR, 39 RBI)


Starting Pitchers


Fri. LHP Matt Lynch (11-1, 3.31 ERA, 75 K)


Sun. RHP Blair Varnes (6-3, 4.34 ERA, 58 K)


Sat. RHP Marc LaMacchia (8-1, 3.44 ERA, 60 K)

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