Feb. 21, 2002
#1 FLORIDA STATE (10-3)
Florida State took over the top spot in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll after sweeping then-No. 5 Arizona State last weekend in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are No. 2 in the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Polls. FSU will host Siena on Friday and Jacksonville on Saturday before heading down the interstate to play the Dolphins on Sunday. The Tribe will get Monday off before playing six straight games next week, concluding with a three-game series against Florida. Senior Ryan Barthelemy is hitting .458 with a team-high 17 RBI. The All-American is riding a career-long 31-game hitting streak (third-longest in FSU history) and is approaching J.D. Drew’s school record streak of 34 games. Sophomore righty Marc LaMacchia (1-0, 4.76 ERA) will start Friday against Siena with junior left-hander Matt Lynch (3-0, 3.27 ERA) getting the Saturday start against JU. Senior right-hander Blair Varnes (2-1, 4.32 ERA) will go Sunday at Jacksonville. In addition to starting shortstop Stephen Drew being out with a fractured foot, the Seminoles will also likely be without their top hitter (LF Tony McQuade – .459) after he injured his groin last Saturday against Arizona State.
SIENA (0-3) & JACKSONVILLE (4-4)
FSU will face Siena twice this season, once Friday and again next Thursday. The Seminoles won the only previous meeting with the Saints, a 9-2 game in Daytona Beach in 2000. Siena is 0-3 on the season after losing a series at UNC-Wilmington. FSU has won 19 in a row over Jacksonville, dating back to 1994, and hold an 88-29 edge in the series with JU. The Seminoles won both games against the Dolphins in 2001 (9-4, 8-1). JU is 4-4 this season after beating USF 7-6 Tuesday.
TELEVISION & RADIO
All three games against ASU will be carried live in Tallahassee by WFLA 1270, FSU’s flagship station. Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time.