April 20, 2001 - by
No. 3 Florida State Baseball Team Set For Showdown With No. 6 Miami

April 20, 2001


#3 FLORIDA STATE (34-9, 14-1 ACC)


Florida State, ranked No. 3 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll this week, had won nine straight before falling to Miami last Saturday and Sunday. FSU got back on track with an 8-1 win at Jacksonville on Wednesday night as Robby Read held the Dolphins to one hit in eight innings of work. Florida State leads the ACC with a record of 14-1, well ahead of Clemson (8-4), Wake Forest (11-7) and Georgia Tech (9-6) in the standings. Clemson hosts Georgia Tech this weekend while NC State travels to Wake Forest. FSU All-American John-Ford Griffin leads the ACC and is second nationally with a batting average of .465. Griffin also leads the conference in hits (73), doubles (17), RBI (51), total bases (126), on base % (.561) and slugging % (.824), while ranking second in home runs (12). The FSU pitching staff is 10th in the country with a team ERA of 3.11 and Justin Lord is tied for the national lead with 10 saves. Sunday’s game time has been changed to 12:30 p.m.


#6 MIAMI (30-10)


The Hurricanes, ranked No. 6 in this week’s Baseball America poll, did not play during the week after taking two of three from FSU in Coral Gables last weekend. Shortstop Javy Rodriguez leads UM with a .389 average and 41 RBI. UM rotation: Friday – RHP Kiki Bengochea (6-2), Saturday – LHP Brian Walker (8-1) and Sunday – RHP Tom Farmer (8-2).


SERIES INFORMATION


The Seminoles lead the all-time series 115-101-3, which dates back to 1951. The two teams met nine times last year with FSU winning six, including two of three in the Super Regional in Tallahassee to advance to the CWS. FSU swept Miami in all three games during the 2000 regular season at Dick Howser Stadium.


RADIO/TELEVISION


The Friday and Saturday games will be televised by Sunshine with Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play) and Tom Block (color) calling the action. Due to Miami Heat NBA playoff coverage, Saturday’s game will not be shown live in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale or Ft. Myers. However, the game will be shown on a tape delay basis at 11:00 p.m. Saturday throughout the state. WNLS Sports Radio 1270 will carry all three games live. Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time.


FSU PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

 Pos.	Player (B/T)
1B Ryan Barthelemy (L/R)
2B Bryan Zech (R/R)
SS Jeff Probst (S/R)
3B Scott Toole (R/R)
or Chris Hart (S/R)
LF John-Ford Griffin (L/L)
CF Karl Jernigan (R/R)
RF Nick Rogers (R/R)
C Tony Richie (R/R)
DH Mike Futrell (R/R)
Starting Pitchers
Fri. RHP Blair Varnes
Sat. LHP Matt Lynch
Sun. LHP Trent Peterson
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