March 15, 2001
#18 FLORIDA STATE (16-5, 3-0 ACC)
Florida State, ranked No. 18 in Collegiate Baseball, has won 13 consecutive games. The Seminoles finished a 12-game home stand with a Tuesday win over Northern Iowa and a Wednesday win over Liberty. Matt Lynch threw a seven-inning, rain-shortened complete game shutout against Liberty with a career-high nine strikeouts. Tony Richie’s solo homer was the difference in the 1-0 win. FSU returns to conference action at NC State after opening ACC play last weekend with a three-game sweep of Virginia. Blair Varnes was named ACC Pitcher of the Week after throwing a complete game against Virginia and recording a career-high 12 stikeouts. FSU’s staff ERA of just 0.87 over the last six games has helped to lower the season ERA to 2.99. All-American John-Ford Griffin leads the team offensively (.444, 6 HR, 30 RBI).
NC STATE (10-9, 2-1 ACC)
After taking two of three from then-No. 1 Georgia Tech last weekend, NC State lost to Winthrop on Tuesday and defeated Campbell on Wednesday. All-ACC OF Brian Wright is NCSU’s top hitter with a.427 batting average, four homers and 24 RBI. The Wolfpack will start RHP Ryan Combs (1-1, 4.01 ERA) on Friday, LHP Dan D’Amato (2-2, 4.76 ERA) on Saturday and RHP Daniel Caldwell on Sunday (2-2, 4.64 ERA).
Florida State leads the all-time series 27-12, which dates back to 1962. FSU has won nine of the last 10 meetings with NCSU.
Saturday’s 1:00 p.m. game will be televised live by Sunshine (Gene Deckerhoff and Link Jarrett). All FSU games are carried live on SportsRadio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen begins coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Internet broadcasts are available at www.wnls.com and www.seminoles.com.