May 29, 2003
#1 FLORIDA STATE (50-10-1, 19-5 ACC)
Florida State earned the top national seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year on Monday and will host South Alabama, Rutgers and Jacksonville this weekend in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America and Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches polls, and No. 2 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. FSU won the ACC regular season title for the third consecutive season and went 3-2 in the ACC Tournament. Mike Martin notched his 21st 50-win season with last Saturday’s victory over NC State and he has recorded all of Florida State’s 50-win seasons since taking over as head coach in 1980 (24 years). Senior left-hander Matt Lynch will get the start on the mound in Friday’s 7:00 p.m. game against Jacksonville and will be followed in the rotation by junior lefty Trent Peterson. The Seminole pitching staff once again led the ACC with an ERA of 2.72. Freshman Eddy Martinez-Esteve, who leads the team with a .367 batting average, has not started since April 25th due to a hamstring injury and is questionable for the weekend.
FLORIDA STATE VS. THE TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL FIELD
The Seminoles have played No. 4 seed Jacksonville twice this year, going 2-0 against the Dolphins. Florida State downed JU 5-4 on April 16th in Tallahassee and won 11-3 in Jacksonville on May 6th. The Seminoles lead the series with JU 93-30 and have won 24 of the last 25. FSU’s last meeting against second-seeded South Alabama came last season with the Jaguars picking up a 6-5 victory in 10 innings at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles lead the all-time series with South Alabama 32-24-1. Florida State and Rutgers have met just once with the Tribe winning an 18-10 game in 1966.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
Friday’s 7:00 p.m. game between Florida State and Jacksonville will be televised live by Sunshine Network. Sunday’s championship game(s) will also be carried by Sunshine. All FSU games in the 2003 NCAA Regional in Tallahassee 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 audio broadcasts as well as live stats (Gametracker) can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.