March 28, 2003
#3 FLORIDA STATE (26-4, 4-2 ACC)
No. 3 Florida State returns to ACC action this weekend with a three-game series against North Carolina. After totaling just 13 hits and just one extra base hit in losing two of three against NC State last weekend, the Tribe came through with 18 hits (nine for extra bases) in a 10-2 win over The Citadel Wednesday. FSU’s pitching staff has been impressive through the first half of the season, leading the ACC with an ERA of 2.32. LHP Trent Peterson (4-0, 1.55 ERA) will make his first start at the No. 1 spot in the rotation in Friday’s televised (Sunshine) game. Junior All-American catcher Tony Richie is FSU’s top hitter (.349) and RBI producer (34) while freshman third baseman Eddy Martinez-Esteve leads the team with six home runs.
#23 NORTH CAROLINA (18-7, 2-1 ACC)
The Tar Heels travel to Tallahassee after taking two of three from then-No. 13 Wake Forest last weekend. UNC defeated Towson in a pair of mid-week games on Tuesday and Wednesday to improve to 18-7. OF Jeremy Cleveland leads the team with a .448 batting average and has hit five home runs with 28 RBI. UNC pitching rotation: Friday – RHP Garry Bakker (2-1, 3.71 ERA), Saturday – LHP Daniel Moore (3-0, 4.40 ERA) & Sunday – LHP Adam Kalkhof (4-0, 3.95 ERA).
Florida State leads the all-time series with North Carolina 44-14, which dates back to 1956. The Seminoles were swept last year in Chapel Hill by scores of 11-7, 7-1 and 9-1. Two years ago at Dick Howser Stadium, FSU took all three from the Tar Heels. Since joining the ACC in 1992, Florida State holds a 26-9 series advantage.
FOLLOWING THE ‘NOLES ON THE RADIO & THE WEB
Friday’s contest will be televised live at 7:00 p.m. on Sunshine. All three games against UNC 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.