March 19, 2002
#1 FLORIDA STATE (24-5, 2-1 ACC)
Florida State, ranked No. 1 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches and Collegiate Baseball polls, returns to Dick Howser Stadium for a pair of games against The Citadel on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Seminoles won two of three at Virginia over the weekend in their first ACC contest of the year. All-American third baseman Ryan Barthelemy (.437) has homered in six of the last eight games and has at least two RBI in each of the last eight. He has a hitting streak of 11 games and leads the team with seven home runs and 44 RBI. Sophomore Tony McQuade has raised his season average to a team-high .481 since returning from a groin injury, which sidelined him for almost a month. Starting SS Stephen Drew (.346) has been out since Feb. 1 with a fractured left foot and is not expected to play this week.
THE CITADEL (11-7, 6-0 SOCON)
The Citadel improved to 11-7 on the season after sweeping Appalachian State by scores of 9-1, 10-2 & 8-4 over the weekend. Shortstop David Griffin is the team’s top hitter with a batting average of .319, one homer and 15 RBI. LHP Paul Williams (0-2, 8.53 ERA) and RHP Shannon Sprouse (0-1, 4.91 ERA) will start on the mound for the Bulldogs on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
Florida State leads the all-time series 6-1, which dates back to 1998. The two teams won one game apiece last season with FSU taking the first 3-0 and the Bulldogs winning the second contest 5-2.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
Both games against the Citadel will be carried live in Tallahassee by WFLA 1270, FSU’s flagship station. Lee Bowen & Jim Crosby will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Live stats can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.
FSU PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
1B Jerrod Brown (.312, 2 2B, 14 RBI)
2B Bryan Zech (.333, 2 HR, 17 RBI)
SS Scott Toole (.250, 2 2B, 9 RBI)
3B Ryan Barthelemy (.437, 7 HR, 44 RBI)
LF Mike Futrell (.308, 4 HR, 10 RBI)
CF Nick Rogers (.373, 4 HR, 31 RBI)
RF Richie Smith (.271, 2 HR, 13 RBI)
C Tony Richie (.312, 3 HR, 26 RBI)
DH Tony McQuade (.481, 1 HR, 13 RBI)