Feb. 13, 2003
#2 FLORIDA STATE (5-1)
The Seminoles remained No. 2 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll and moved up one spot in both of the other polls (up to No. 2 in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 3 in Baseball America) after taking two of three from then-No. 3 Stanford. The Seminoles dropped a 2-1 decision in 12 innings Friday night at Stanford, but bounced back to win Saturday’s game 4-3 and Sunday’s game 10-8 in another 12-inning affair. On Sunday, Tony McQuade tied the game with a three-run homer in the ninth and Tony Richie had the game-winning RBI with a homer in the 12th. Senior All-American Matt Lynch (2-0) had a strong outing in Saturday’s win, allowing just one run in seven innings. FSU’s pitching staff has been impressive through six games, compiling a team ERA of 2.41 while opponents are batting just .223.
This weekend’s three-game set with Florida State marks the 2003 opening series for the Purple Aces. Evansville finished the 2002 season 22-33 and eighth in the Missouri Valley Conference. The pitching rotation will be RHP Shaun Williams, RHP Adam Rogers and RHP Andrew Arreola.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Evansville 1-0. The only meeting between the two schools came in the 2000 NCAA Tallahassee Regional and the Seminoles won by a score of 11-2. FSU piled up 16 hits with Chris Smith, John-Ford Griffin, Marshall McDougall, Scott Boyd and Karl Jernigan each recording multi-hit games. Boyd knocked in five runs and Griffin scored four. Matt Lynch earned his seventh victory as a freshman, allowing two runs over eight innings.
FOLLOWING THE ‘NOLES ON THE RADIO & THE WEB
All three games against Evansville will be carried live by WFLA News Radio 1270 (FSU’s flagship station) in Tallahassee. Lee Bowen will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Live audio broadcasts as well as live stats can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.