Feb. 14, 2002
#2 FLORIDA STATE (7-3)
Florida State, ranked No. 2 by Collegiate Baseball, continues a seven-game homestand with another series against one of the nation’s top teams this weekend. After losing last Friday and Saturday to top-ranked Stanford, Florida State rallied to avoid the sweep with a 7-6 Sunday victory. Mike Futrell was the difference Sunday, hitting a career-best three home runs in the game. Senior first baseman Ryan Barthelemy, who may also see time at third base, leads the team with a .486 batting average and 14 RBI. The All-American is riding a career-long 28-game hitting streak and is approaching J.D. Drew’s school record streak of 34 games. Junior left-hander Matt Lynch (2-0, 2.81 ERA) will get the Friday start, senior right-hander Blair Varnes (1-1, 5.73 ERA) will go Saturday and junior right-hander Robby Read (2-0, 3.00 ERA) is scheduled to start Sunday. Lynch gets the Friday start after Varnes pitched Sunday against Stanford and earned a win in relief.
#5 ARIZONA STATE (7-0)
Arizona State moved up to No. 5 in the Coaches Poll after sweeping a three-game series from then-No. 25 Tennessee last weekend in Tempe. Right fielder Andre Ethier (.462, 10 RBI) and left fielder Jeremy West (.421, 13 RBI) lead the Sun Devils offensivley. ASU will go with RHP Ryan Schroyer (1-0, 2.19 ERA) on Friday, RHP Mike Esposito (2-0, 3.21 ERA) on Saturday, and LHP Bryce Kartler (1-0, 2.31 ERA) on Sunday.
Florida State leads the all-time series 21-7, including a three-game sweep of the Sun Devils in their last visit to Tallahassee in 1999. In the last meeting, FSU won two of three at Arizona State in 2000. The Seminoles are 13-1 vs. ASU in Tallahassee.
TELEVISION & RADIO
Saturday’s game will be televised by Sunshine Network and also carried by Fox Sports in Arizona. Gene Deckerhoff and Tom Block will call the action from Dick Howser Saturday at 2:00 p.m. All three games against ASU will be carried live on the Seminole Baseball Radio Network, which consists of 12 affiliates across the state of Florida. Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby (WFLA News Radio 1270 of Tallahassee – FSU’s flagship station) will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. The series can also be listened to via the internet at www.seminoles.com.
Less than 200 tickets remain for each of three games vs. Arizona State. Tickets can be purchased at the Moore Athletic Center Ticket Office from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday). Tickets go on sale at the Howser Ticket Booth two hours prior to each game.