April 9, 2002
#8 FLORIDA STATE (30-11)
Florida State, ranked No. 8 in this week’s Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll, hosts Jacksonville Wednesday night before travling to Coral Gables to complete the six-game series with Miami this weekend. The Seminoles, who have more victories than any team in the country, won two of three from the Hurricanes last weekend as Stephen Drew hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning Sunday to give FSU a 9-7 win. All-American third baseman Ryan Barthelemy ranks third nationally with 61 RBI and has hit safely in 54 of his last 57 games. He leads the team with a .409 batting average, 10 home runs and 17 doubles. Barthelemy’s hitting streak of 33 games ended at Jacksonville on February 24th, one short of J.D. Drew’s school record. Left-hander Trent Peterson (1-2, 3.22 ERA) will start on the mound for the Seminoles.
The Dolphins have won three of their last four games, defeating Florida last Wednesday and taking two of three from Mercer over the weekend. DH Phil Nover leads the team with a .345 batting average and four home runs. Left-hander Kris Regas (2-5, 5.53 ERA) will start on the mound Wednesday for the Dolphins.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Jacksonville 89-30, which dates back to 1964. FSU had won 20 straight over JU before losing 13-4 on February 24th at Jacksonville in the last meeting. The Seminoles have won 14 in a row at home over the Dolphins with the last JU win in Tallahassee coming on May 1, 1991 by a score of 7-4. That loss also snapped FSU’s school record 37-game home winning streak that dated back to the 1990 season.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
The Jacksonville game will be carried live on the radio as Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby (WFLA News Radio 1270 of Tallahassee – FSU’s flagship station) 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
Pos. Player (B/T) Ht. Wt. Yr. 2002 Stats
1B Chris Hart (S/R) 6-1 190 Jr. .275, 3 2B, 6 RBI
or Jerrod Brown (L/R) 5-10 200 Jr. .326, 2 HR, 23 RBI
2B Bryan Zech (R/R) 5-10 170 So. .333, 2 HR, 21 RBI
or Scott Toole (R/R) 6-1 185 Sr. .256, 2 2B, 12 RBI
SS Stephen Drew (L/R) 6-0 175 Fr. .316, 4 HR, 14 RBI
3B Ryan Barthelemy (L/R) 6-3 225 Sr. .409, 10 HR, 61 RBI
C Tony Richie (R/R) 6-1 205 So. .282, 4 HR, 30 RBI
LF Tony McQuade (S/R) 6-2 205 So. .404, 12 2B, 22 RBI
CF Nick Rogers (R/R) 6-1 195 Sr. .333, 4 HR, 34 RBI
RF/DH Mike Futrell (R/R) 6-0 180 Sr. .278, 4 HR, 13 RBI
RF Richie Smith (L/R) 5-11 200 Sr. .279, 6 HR, 18 RBI
or DH Blair McCaleb (R/R) 6-0 205 Sr. .296, 2 HR, 17 RBI
LHP Trent Peterson 6-1 180 So. 1-2, 3.22 ERA, 28 K