March 14, 2002
#1 FLORIDA STATE (22-4)
Florida State, ranked No. 1 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches and Collegiate Baseball polls, opens ACC play at Virginia. Head coach Mike Martin earned his 1,200th victory in the first game of a doubleheader vs. Appalachian State on Wednesday. Martin became just the 12th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the 1,200-win plateau. He is only the seventh active coach with 1,200 wins. FSU won game one over ASU 4-2 and then won game two 11-7 in seven innings. The Seminoles have won 10 straight games and 16 of their last 17. Senior All-American Ryan Barthelemy leads the Tribe offensively with a .411 batting average, 36 RBI and five home runs (four of which have come in the last five games). Tony McQuade (.419, 1 HR, 10 RBI) returned to the starting lineup in LF on Wednesday after being out almost a month with a groin injury. Starting SS Stephen Drew (.346) has been out since Feb. 1 with a fractured left foot and could see action as early as next week. Drew is scheduled to make the trip to Virginia this weekend.
Virginia is 11-6 on the year after defeating North Carolina A&T 25-1 on Monday. The Cavaliers will plat at Old Dominion on Thursday prior to series with FSU. Virginia will go with the following rotation (all right-handers) this weekend: Chris Gale (2-1, 4.50 ERA), Jeff Kamrath (3-0, 2.76 ERA) and Dan Street (1-0, 0.64 ERA). Street is also a DH and ranks second in the ACC with eight home runs (.348, 24 RBI).
Florida State leads the all-time series 29-7, including a three-game sweep of Virginia in Tallahassee last year (9-2, 16-1 & 2-1). FSU won two of three in 2000 at Virginia (Friday: 9-6, Saturday doubleader: 1-2 & 10-4).
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
Both games of the doubleheader on Saturday will be televised live by Sunshine Network. All three games against Virginia will be carried live in Tallahassee by WFLA 1270, FSU’s flagship station. Lee Bowen will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time.