April 11, 2002
#8 FLORIDA STATE (31-11)
Florida State, ranked No. 8 in this week’s Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll, defeated Jacksonville Wednesday night by a score of 7-1 behind a solid pitching performance from sophomore Trent Peterson. FSU leaves for Coral Gables Thursday 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 (.411) ranks third nationally with 61 RBI and has hit safely in 55 of his last 58 games. He has a team-best 10 home runs and 18 doubles. Sophomore Tony McQuade (.423) jumped back in front of Barthelemy in the batting average race with a 3-for-3 game against Jacksonville Wednesday. FSU will be without 1B Chris Hart for 4-6 weeks after he fractured the fifth metacarpal in his left hand Tuesday.
The Hurricanes have lost two of three in each of their last two weekend series (Elon and Florida State). They are led offensively by OF Jim Burt (.355, 5 HR, 29 RBI) and 2B-SS Javy Rodriguez (.354, 20 SB). UM will go with the same rotation as last weekend: RHP T.J. Prunty (4-2, 5.76 ERA) on Friday, RHP Dan Touchet (3-1, 3.92 ERA) on Saturday and RHP Kiki Bengochea (2-4, 6.18 ERA).
Florida State leads the all-time series with Miami 117-105-3, which dates back to 1951. UM holds a 57-47-2 edge in Coral Gables while FSU is 66-46-1 at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles are 4-2 in neutral site games.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
All three games at Miami will be carried live on the radio in Tallahassee by Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby (WFLA News Radio 1270 – FSU’s flagship station). Bowen and Crosby will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. The Saturday and Sunday games will be shown on a tape delay basis at 10:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Florida. Live stats can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.