March 19, 2002 - by
Top-Ranked Florida State Baseball Team Hosts The Citadel

March 19, 2002


#1 FLORIDA STATE (24-5, 2-1 ACC)


Florida State, ranked No. 1 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches and Collegiate Baseball polls, returns to Dick Howser Stadium for a pair of games against The Citadel on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Seminoles won two of three at Virginia over the weekend in their first ACC contest of the year. All-American third baseman Ryan Barthelemy (.437) has homered in six of the last eight games and has at least two RBI in each of the last eight. He has a hitting streak of 11 games and leads the team with seven home runs and 44 RBI. Sophomore Tony McQuade has raised his season average to a team-high .481 since returning from a groin injury, which sidelined him for almost a month. Starting SS Stephen Drew (.346) has been out since Feb. 1 with a fractured left foot and is not expected to play this week.


THE CITADEL (11-7, 6-0 SOCON)


The Citadel improved to 11-7 on the season after sweeping Appalachian State by scores of 9-1, 10-2 & 8-4 over the weekend. Shortstop David Griffin is the team’s top hitter with a batting average of .319, one homer and 15 RBI. LHP Paul Williams (0-2, 8.53 ERA) and RHP Shannon Sprouse (0-1, 4.91 ERA) will start on the mound for the Bulldogs on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.


THE SERIES


Florida State leads the all-time series 6-1, which dates back to 1998. The two teams won one game apiece last season with FSU taking the first 3-0 and the Bulldogs winning the second contest 5-2.


TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB


Both games against the Citadel will be carried live in Tallahassee by WFLA 1270, FSU’s flagship station. Lee Bowen & Jim Crosby will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Live stats can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.


FSU PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

 Pos.	Player
1B Jerrod Brown (.312, 2 2B, 14 RBI)
2B Bryan Zech (.333, 2 HR, 17 RBI)
SS Scott Toole (.250, 2 2B, 9 RBI)
3B Ryan Barthelemy (.437, 7 HR, 44 RBI)
LF Mike Futrell (.308, 4 HR, 10 RBI)
CF Nick Rogers (.373, 4 HR, 31 RBI)
RF Richie Smith (.271, 2 HR, 13 RBI)
C Tony Richie (.312, 3 HR, 26 RBI)
DH Tony McQuade (.481, 1 HR, 13 RBI)


Starting Pitchers
Tues. RHP Marc LaMacchia (3-0, 2.29 ERA)
Wed. LHP Daniel Davidson (1-0, 4.40 ERA)

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