May 9, 2002
#3 FLORIDA STATE (45-12, 12-6 ACC)
The Seminoles, who have swept their last four series (Miami, Georgia Tech, NC State & Duke), stayed No. 3 in this week’s Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll. FSU extended its winning streak to 11 games with three wins over Duke on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The Seminoles scored a total of 49 runs against the Blue Devils (second-most ever in an ACC series) and are averaging 12.8 runs per game during the 11-game winning streak. Seven of the nine starters are hitting .320 or higher while seven of the nine regulars have five or more home runs. The Seminoles are led by senior third baseman Ryan Barthelemy (.374, 16 HR, 74 RBI) and junior left-hander Matt Lynch (10-1, 3.63 ERA). Daniel Hodges has emerged as the go-to guy out of the FSU bullpen, earning five of his seven saves against Miami (2), Georgia Tech (2) and NC State (1) over the last four weeks. Hodges leads the squad with an ERA of 2.44 and 25 appearances. His ERA in ACC games is an impressive 1.40. ACC Freshman of the Year candidate Stephen Drew (.397, 10 HR, 39 RBI) is riding a career-long 13-game hitting streak in which he is hitting .509 (29-for-57) with five homers, six doubles and 22 RBI. Sunday is FSU’s last regular season home game and will be senior day at Dick Howser Stadium.
MARYLAND (33-19, 6-15 ACC)
Maryland has won six straight, including a three-game sweep of NC State last weekend, to improve to 33-19 on the year. The 30-win season is the first in school history. Shortstop John McCurdy leads the Terps with a .460 batting average, 18 home runs and 75 RBI. RHP Jared Stuart (5-2, 5.66 ERA), RHP Chris Clem (3-4, 6.65 ERA) and RHP Sean Kane (1-0, 3.12 ERA) make up the Maryland rotation.
FSU leads the all-time series 33-3, which dates back to 1965. The Seminoles have won 12 straight with Maryland’s last victory coming in the first game of the series in Tallahassee in 1998. FSU won the three games at Maryland last year by scores of 8-1, 11-1 & 13-5.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
Saturday’s 7:00 p.m. game will be televised live by Sunshine Network. All three games 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 stats can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.
FSU PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
1B Jerrod Brown (.358, 4 HR, 39 RBI)
2B Bryan Zech (.350, 2 HR, 35 RBI)
SS Stephen Drew (.397, 10 HR, 39 RBI)
3B Ryan Barthelemy (.374, 16 HR, 74 RBI)
C Tony Richie (.322, 7 HR, 52 RBI)
LF Tony McQuade (.394, 5 HR, 36 RBI)
CF Nick Rogers (.335, 8 HR, 56 RBI)
RF Richie Smith (.277, 6 HR, 23 RBI)
or Mike Futrell (.260, 5 HR, 19 RBI)
DH Blair McCaleb (.300, 5 HR, 39 RBI)
Fri. LHP Matt Lynch (10-1, 3.63 ERA, 67 K)
Sat. RHP Marc LaMacchia (8-1, 3.08 ERA, 55 K)
Sun. RHP Blair Varnes (6-3, 4.33 ERA, 52 K)