March 28, 2002
#5 FLORIDA STATE (27-8, 2-4 ACC)
Florida State, ranked No. 5 in this week’s Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll, continues a nine-game ACC road swing this weekend at No. 9 Wake Forest. The Seminoles are 6-2 this season against teams ranked among the nation’s Top 10. Four ACC teams are ranked among the Top 10 in the coaches poll this week (No. 1 Clemson, No. 5 Florida State, No. 7 Georgia Tech and No. 9 Wake Forest). All-American third baseman Ryan Barthelemy (.408) has hit safely in 49 of his last 51 games. He leads the team with eight home runs, 50 RBI and 15 doubles. Tony McQuade leads the team with a .419 batting average. Starting SS Stephen Drew (.333), who has been out since Feb. 1 with a fractured left foot, returned to the lineup Tuesday as a DH against Mercer and had a three-run double. He could return to the field as the starting shortstop this weekend.
#9 WAKE FOREST (20-4, 4-1 ACC)
Wake Forest, ranked No. 9 in the coaches poll, improved to 20-4 on the season with a 14-8 victory over Liberty on Wednesday. The Demon Deacons will start RHP Kyle Sleeth (4-0, 3.72) on Friday and LHP Tim Morley (2-1, 3.07 ERA) on Saturday. Sunday’s starter has not yet been decided. CF Adam Bourassa leads the team with a .419 batting average while 3B Jamie D’Antona has a team-best five home runs and 37 RBI.
Florida State leads the all-time series 48-13, which dates back to 1962. FSU won all four meetings last year (three in Tallahassee by scores of 12-3, 6-5, 6-5 & one in the ACC Tournament 15-2). Wake Forest won two of three in Winston-Salem in 2000.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
All three games at Wake Forest will be carried live in Tallahassee by WFLA 1270, FSU’s flagship station. Lee Bowen will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Saturday’s game will be televised as the ACC Game of the Week by Fox Sports South. Live stats can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.