May 1, 2003
#2 FLORIDA STATE (38-7-1, 11-4 ACC)
Florida State is ranked No. 2 in all three major polls after taking two of three from then-No. 14 Miami last weekend. FSU travels to Georgia Tech for an important ACC series this weekend. The two teams are tied for first in the conference standings at 11-4. NC State (13-5) is percentage points behind in third place. The Seminoles may face the Yellow Jackets without their top hitter (Eddy Martinez-Esteve, hamstring) and starting right fielder (Blake Balkcom, ankle). Both are questionable for the weekend. Florida State is on the road for three straight weeks (10 total games) before heading to Salem, Virginia for the ACC Tournament.
#10 GEORGIA TECH (32-11, 11-4 ACC)
The Yellow Jackets dropped to No. 10 in the ESPN/Sports Weekly Coaches Poll after getting swept last weekend at Clemson. Georgia Tech will go with LHP Kyle Bakker (7-0, 3.25 ERA) on Friday and RHP Micah Owings (6-2, 4.45 ERA) on Saturday. Sunday’s starter has yet to be determined. Mike Nickeas leads the team with a .364 batting average while Owings is the team’s top home run producer (14). Matt Murton (12 HR, 42 RBI) leads the team in runs batted in.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech, 52-23, which dates back to 1959. FSU swept Tech last year in Tallahassee (4-3, 14-9 & 13-1) and also picked up a win in the ACC Tournament (7-4). The Yellow Jackets won two of three at home in 2001.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
Friday’s game will be televised by Fox Sports Net South as well as Sunshine Network (live in Tallahassee and South Florida only). Saturday’s game has been moved to a 7:00 p.m. start adn will not be televised. All three games will also 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.