Dick Howser Stadium (5,000) • Tallahassee, Fla.
#8 FLORIDA STATE (35-12, 3-6 ACC)
The Seminoles are 35-12 on the season after going 1-1 in two mid-week games, losing to South Alabama by a score of 6-5 in 10 innings Tuesday night in Tallahassee and defeating Jacksonville 13-4 on the road Wednesday night. After opening ACC action with nine road games, FSU will play host to four consecutive conference series starting this weekend with No. 5 Georgia Tech. Florida State stayed at No. 8 in Monday's Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll after taking all three games at Miami last weekend for the first time in school history. FSU won five of six against UM for the first time since 1991. The Seminoles, who have more victories than any team in the country, are led by senior All-America third baseman Ryan Barthelemy (.389, 12 HR, 64 RBI).
#5 GEORGIA TECH (32-5, 7-3 ACC)
The Yellow Jackets have won 18 of their last 20 games and moved to 32-5 on the season after defeating Auburn 10-4 on Tuesday night. Georgia Tech is currently ranked No. 5 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and third in the ACC. SS/DH Victor Menocal (.408, 1 HR, 30 RBI) and 2B Eric Patterson (.383, 3 HR, 25 RBI) lead the Yellow Jackets offensively. Tech's probable weekend rotation: LHP Kyle Bakker (9-0, 2.72 ERA) Friday, RHP Jeff Watchko (6-1, 3.24) Saturday & RHP Kyle Schmidt (3-0, 2.47) Sunday.
Florida State leads the all-time series 48-23, which dates back to 1959. The two teams met four times last year, including one meeting in the ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets took two of three from the Seminoles in Atlanta (8-9, 6-2, 2-12). Tech took a third game from the Tribe in the second round of the 2001 ACC Tournament by a score of 6-5 (10 innings). FSU won two of three vs. Tech two years ago in Tallahassee and owns a 28-9 all-time advantage in the series at home. Georgia Tech hasn't won a series in Tallahassee since 1994.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
Saturday's 1:00 p.m. game will be televised live by Fox Sports South and Sunshine Network as the ACC Game of the Week. The series will be carried live on the Seminole Baseball Radio Network, which consists of 12 affiliates across the state of Florida, including 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 stats can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.
FSU PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
Pos. Player (B/T) Ht. Wt. Yr. 2002 Stats 1B Jerrod Brown (L/R) 5-10 200 Jr. .312, 3 HR, 30 RBI 2B Bryan Zech (R/R) 5-10 170 So. .322, 2 HR, 22 RBI SS Stephen Drew (L/R) 6-0 175 Fr. .325, 6 HR, 24 RBI 3B Ryan Barthelemy (L/R) 6-3 225 Sr. .389, 12 HR, 64 RBI C Tony Richie (R/R) 6-1 205 So. .315, 5 HR, 38 RBI LF Tony McQuade (S/R) 6-2 205 So. .387, 2 HR, 24 RBI CF Nick Rogers (R/R) 6-1 195 Sr. .321, 5 HR, 38 RBI RF Richie Smith (L/R) 5-11 200 Sr. .272, 6 HR, 20 RBI or Mike Futrell (R/R) 6-0 180 Sr. .271, 4 HR, 13 RBI DH Blair McCaleb (R/R) 6-0 205 Sr. .300, 4 HR, 26 RBI Starting Pitchers Fri. LHP Matt Lynch 6-1 190 Jr. 7-1, 4.00 ERA, 49 K Sat. RHP Blair Varnes 6-2 195 Sr. 5-3, 4.17 ERA, 46 K Sun. RHP Marc LaMacchia 6-0 190 So. 6-1, 2.74 ERA, 43 K