April 26, 2001
#8 FLORIDA STATE (34-12, 14-1 ACC)
Florida State, ranked No. 8 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll this week, looks to bounce back after being swept by Miami last weekend. The Seminoles will play nine straight road games prior to the ACC Tournament with trips to Maryland and Duke on the schedule after the Georgia Tech series. Florida State leads the ACC with a record of 14-1, well ahead of Clemson (10-5), Wake Forest (14-7) and Georgia Tech (10-8) in the standings. The Tribe set a conference record with an ACC record of 22-2 in 1999. FSU All-American John-Ford Griffin leads the ACC and is fifth nationally with a batting average of .456. Griffin also leads the conference in hits (77), doubles (19), RBI (51), total bases (132), on base % (.544) and slugging % (.781), while ranking fourth in home runs (12). The FSU pitching staff is 12th in the country with a team ERA of 3.30 and Justin Lord is tied for third nationally with 10 saves.
#10 GEORGIA TECH (31-13, 10-8 ACC)
The Yellow Jackets, ranked No. 10 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll, lost two of three at Clemson last weekend and fell 5-4 to Georgia in the bottom of the ninth on Wednesday night. Third baseman Mark Teixeira, who is expected to be one of the top picks in this year’s MLB Draft, could return for the series after missing more than two months with a broken right ankle. GT rotation: Friday – RHP Steve Kelly (6-2, 3.38 ERA), Saturday – RHP Rhett Parrott (7-3, 5.03 ERA) and Sunday – LHP Kyle Bakker (3-0, 2.55 ERA).
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 47-20, which dates back to 1959. The two teams met four times last year with FSU taking two of three during the regular season in Tallahassee. The Yellow Jackets eliminated FSU in the ACC Tournament on their way to the 2000 ACC title. FSU won two of three in Atlanta two years ago.
The Friday and Saturday games will be televised by Fox Sports Net South with Wes Durham and Randy Carroll calling the action. Saturday is the ACC game of the week and will also be carried by HTS and Sunshine. WNLS Sports Radio 1270 will carry all three games live. Lee Bowen begins coverage 15 minutes prior to game time.
FSU PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
Pos. Player (B/T) Ht. Wt. Yr. 2001 Stats 1B Ryan Barthelemy (L/R) 6-3 225 Jr. .321, 10 HR, 49 RBI 2B Bryan Zech (R/R) 5-10 170 Fr. .270, 2 HR, 40 Runs or Scott Toole (R/R) 6-1 180 Jr. .231, 2 HR, 13 RBI SS Jeff Probst (S/R) 5-10 170 Fr. .275, 2 HR, 15 RBI 3B Scott Toole (R/R) 6-1 180 Jr. .231, 2 HR, 13 RBI or Chris Hart (S/R) 6-1 190 So. .238, 4 Runs, 8 RBI or Scott Boyd (R/R) 6-2 210 Sr. .071, 4 Runs, 2 RBI LF John-FordGriffin(L/L) 6-2 205 Jr. .456, 12 HR, 51 RBI CF Karl Jernigan (R/R) 6-2 195 Sr. .299, 4 HR, 21 SB RF Nick Rogers (R/R) 6-1 195 Jr. .300, 11 2B, 21 RBI C Tony Richie (R/R) 6-1 205 Fr. .248, 2 HR, 18 RBI DH Mike Futrell (R/R) 6-0 180 Jr. .317, 6 HR, 32 RBI