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No. 2 Florida State Hits the Road to Face No. 25 NC State

March 20, 2003

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#2 FLORIDA STATE (24-2, 3-0 ACC)


Florida State, ranked No. 2 in this week’s Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches and Collegiate Baseball polls, continues ACC play with a three-game series against No. 25 NC State in Kinston, NC. The games are scheduled to be played at Grainger Stadium due to construction at Doak Field on the campus of NC State. The Seminoles swept Virginia last weekend in the ACC opening series. The starting pitching trio of Matt Lynch, Trent Peterson and Daniel Davidson combined to allow just one run in 21.2 innings pitched against UVA. Davidson was named ACC co-pitcher of the week as went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances (10.1 innings). Davidson struck out 12 without a walk, faced two batters over the minimum and did not allow a runner past second base. FSU leads the ACC with a team ERA of 2.23 and ranks third with a .308 team batting average.

#25 NC STATE (19-4, 0-0 ACC)


NC State has won 14 consecutive games and checked in at No. 25 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll. Right fielder Joe Gaetti (.273, 8 HR, 29 RBI) and catcher Colt Morton (.261, 6 HR, 19 RBI) rank 1-2 in the ACC in home runs. The Wolfpack will go with three right-handers this weekend: Michael Rogers (5-1, 1.69 ERA) on Friday, Vern Sterry (5-0, 2.38 ERA) on Saturday and Phillip Davidson (2-1, 4.40 ERA) on Sunday.

THE SERIES


Florida State leads the all-time series with NC State 34-13, which dates back to 1962. FSU swept the Wolfpack last year in Tallahassee by scores of 9-3, 10-4 and 12-11. The Seminoles won two of three two years ago in Raleigh and lost the fourth game in the 2001 ACC Tournament.

FOLLOWING THE ‘NOLES ON THE RADIO & THE WEB


All three games against the Wolfpack 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 audio broadcasts as well as live stats (Gametracker) can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP


Pos. Player (2003 Stats)


SS Stephen Drew (.330, 3 HR, 27 RBI)


LF Tony McQuade (.278, 2 HR, 21 RBI)


C Tony Richie (.344, 4 HR, 28 RBI)


1B Jerrod Brown (.326, 7 2B, 18 RBI)


2B Chris Hart (.357, 3 HR, 14 RBI)


3B Eddy Martinez-Esteve (.343, 5 HR, 29 RBI)


RF Blake Balkcom (.340, 1 2B, 8 RBI)


DH Derrick Smith (.290, 8 2B, 10 RBI)


or Daniel Wardell (.429, 2 HR, 11 RBI)


CF Matt Sauls (.301, 2 HR, 18 RBI)

Starting Pitchers


Fri. LHP Matt Lynch (6-0, 2.91 ERA, 36 K)


Sat. LHP Trent Peterson (4-0, 1.62 ERA, 42 K)


Sun. LHP Daniel Davidson (2-0, 0.47 ERA, 26 K)

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