March 22, 2001
#15 FLORIDA STATE (20-6, 5-1 ACC)
Florida State, ranked No. 15 in Baseball America this week, has won 17 of its last 18 games. The Seminoles topped Akron 8-2 on Tuesday and 14-2 on Wednesday after taking two of three at NC State last weekend. FSU and Wake Forest are tied for second in the ACC standings at 5-1 behind Clemson (3-0). All-American John-Ford Griffin is hitting .484 on the season and has hit safely in 23 of 25 games. Griffin leads the ACC in batting average, RBI (36), doubles (12), total bases (84), slugging percentage (.903) and on-base percentage (.561). He is tied for the lead in home runs (nine) and is second in total hits (45). The Seminole pitching staff leads the ACC with an ERA of 2.87 and a strikeout total of 204. Starters Blair Varnes (3-1, 2.45) and Marc LaMacchia (4-0, 2.48) are third and fourth, respectively, in ACC individual ERA. LaMacchia has been moved up to No. 2 in the rotation this weekend.
NORTH CAROLINA (16-8, 0-3 ACC)
UNC is 16-8 after splitting a doubleheader with Towson on Wednseday. The Tar Heels dropped three games to Wake Forest in Chapel Hill to open ACC play. UNC rotation: Friday – RHP Dennis Robinson (1-0, 5.17 ERA), Saturday – LHP Daniel Moore (2-1, 4.08 ERA), Sunday – RHP Scott Autrey (1-2, 6.51 ERA).
Florida State has won nine of the last 10 against UNC and leads the all-time series 41-11. The Seminoles took two of three last year at Chapel Hill and defeated UNC 4-1 in the 2000 ACC Tournament.
The Friday and Saturday games will be televised by Sunshine with Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play) and Tom Block (color) providing the commentary. All three games will be carried live on SportsRadio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Internet broadcasts are available at www.wnls.com and www.seminoles.com.