April 12, 2001
# 2 FLORIDA STATE (32-7, 14-1 ACC)
Florida State, ranked No. 2 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll this week,has won eight straight after sweeping then-No. 8 Clemson last weekend and defeating Jacksonville on Wednesday. FSU completed the home portion of the ACC schedule undefeated (12-0) for the first time in school history. Florida State leads the ACC with a 14-1 mark, well ahead of Georgia Tech (8-4) and Wake Forest (9-6) in the standings. The Seminoles have won 29 of their last 31 games and are led by All-American John-Ford Griffin. The junior outfielder leads the ACC and is fifth nationally with a batting average of .479. FSU is eighth in the country with a team ERA of 3.01 and Justin Lord is tied for the national lead with nine saves. Head coach Mike Martin moved into 13th place all-time with his 1,163rd NCAA Division IA victory against Clemson on Sunday.
#8 MIAMI (28-9)
The Hurricanes, ranked as high as No. 8 in this week’s Baseball America poll, swept three games from Savannah State last weekend after losing three to Cal State Fullerton the weekend before. Javy Rodriguez leads the team with a .397 batting average and 40 RBI. UM rotation: RHP Kiki Bengochea (6-2, 2.76 ERA) on Friday, LHP Brian Walker (7-1, 3.32 ERA) on Saturday and RHP Tom Farmer (7-2, 4.12 ERA).
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 114-99-3, which dates back to 1951. The two teams met nine times last season with FSU winning six of those games, including two of three in the Super Regional in Tallahassee to advance to the College World Series. UM won the first two games (7-3 & 7-3) in Coral Gables in 2000, but FSU bounced back to win Sunday’s contest (14-3). The Seminoles and Hurricanes played one of the most memorable games in the series last year in Tallahassee on Friday night. Trailing 9-0 at one point and 11-7 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, FSU rallied to win a 17-inning marathon by a final of 14-13.
All three games at Miami will be televised by Fox Sports Net. Friday’s game will appear on tape delay at 11:30 p.m., while the Saturday and Sunday games will be shown live. Frank Forte and Wicho Hernandez will provide the commentary for Fox. WNLS Sports Radio 1270 will carry all three games. Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time.