April 17, 2002
#8 FLORIDA STATE (34-12)
The Seminoles dropped to 34-12 on the season after losing to South Alabama by a score of 6-5 in 10 innings Tuesday night in Tallahassee. Robby Read struck out a career-high 11 in 7.2 innings, leaving with a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning. Florida State stayed at No. 8 in Monday’s Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll after taking all three games at Miami last weekend for the first time in school history. FSU won five of six against UM for the first time since 1991. The Seminoles, who have more victories than any team in the country, are led by senior All-America third baseman Ryan Barthelemy (.397, 12 HR, 64 RBI). Sophomore LHP Trent Peterson (2-2, 2.76 ERA) will start Wednesday at Jacksonville. FSU returns to ACC play this weekend with a three-game home series against Georgia Tech. Game times are set for 7:00 p.m. Friday, 1:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m. Sunday. Saturday’s game will be televised as the ACC Game of the Week.
Jacksonville improved to 19-18 on the season after winning two of three games over the weekend at Georgia State. OF Chad Oliva (.320, 3 HR, 25 RBI) and DH Phil Nover (.315, 4 HR, 24 RBI) lead the Dolphins offensively. RHP Jason Ryals (1-0, 2.35 ERA) will start on the hill for JU. Head coach Terry Alexander, a former Seminole, will be honored before the game for his 400th victory.
Florida State has won two of three aginst JU this season, including a 7-1 victory in Tallahassee on April 10th. FSU leads the all-time series 90-30, which dates back to 1964. With a 13-4 victory in Jacksonville on February 24th this year, JU snapped a 20-game losing streak to Florida State.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
Wednesday’s game against Jacksonville will be carried live on the radio in Tallahassee by WFLA News Radio 1270 – FSU’s flagship station. Lee Bowen and Todd Van Dyke will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Live stats can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.