June 6, 2002
#1 FLORIDA STATE (59-12)
The ACC Champion Seminoles extended their school-record winning streak to 25 games after going 3-0 in last weekend’s NCAA Regional in Tallahassee. Florida State is ranked No. 1 in all three major polls and is the top national seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles are led by All-American third baseman Ryan Barthelemy (.367, 17 HR, 91 RBI) and All-American left-hander Matt Lynch (13-1, 3.34 ERA). Lynch will start on the mound Friday and will be followed by Blair Varnes (9-3, 3.88 ERA) and Marc LaMacchia (11-1, 3.41 ERA). ACC Rookie of the Year Stephen Drew leads the team with a .395 batting average and is second on the club with 16 home runs. All-American catcher Tony Richie (.350, 12 HR, 73 RBI) was named the Regional MVP after going 8-for-13 with five RBI.
#11 NOTRE DAME (47-15)
The Fighting Irish moved up to No. 11 in both the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls after advancing from the South Bend Regional as a No. 2 seed. Outfielders Steve Stanley (.445, 31 SB) and Brian Stavisky (.404, 7 HR, 49 RBI) lead Notre Dame offensively. The Irish have rebounded from a 9-10 start to finish 47-15, winning 29 of their last 32 games during the second half of the season. Notre Dame will start RHP Grant Johnson (8-4, 3.11 ERA) on Friday and RHP Pete Ogilvie (7-3, 3.68 ERA) on Saturday.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Notre Dame 4-2, which dates back to 1956. The teams last met in 1998, when the Fighting Irish defeated the Seminoles in the season opener by a score of 10-1 in Orlando. In 1993, FSU beat Notre Dame 7-3 in the second round of NCAA Regional play in Tallahassee before being eliminated by the Irish 4-3 later in the regional. Florida State won a 12-5 meeting in 1956 and two games in 1958 (5-2 and 3-2).
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
Friday night’s game will be televised live by Sunshine Network. If game three is needed on Sunday, it will be televised by Sunshine as well. Each game in the NCAA Super Regional will be carried live by WFLA News Radio 1270 (FSU’s flagship station) in Tallahassee. Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Live stats can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com or www.ncaachampionships.com.
FSU PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
1B Jerrod Brown (.330, 4 HR, 53 RBI)
2B Bryan Zech (.301, 2 HR, 37 RBI)
SS Stephen Drew (.395, 16 HR, 52 RBI)
3B Ryan Barthelemy (.367, 17 HR, 91 RBI)
C Tony Richie (.350, 12 HR, 73 RBI)
LF Tony McQuade (.375, 6 HR, 44 RBI)
CF Nick Rogers (.340, 8 HR, 69 RBI)
RF Richie Smith (.265, 6 HR, 30 RBI)
or Mike Futrell (.276, 6 HR, 48 RBI)
Fri. LHP Matt Lynch (13-1, 3.34 ERA, 94 K)
Sat. RHP Blair Varnes (9-3, 3.88 ERA, 74 K)
Sun. RHP Marc LaMacchia (11-1, 3.41 ERA, 73 K)