NC State visits No. 5 Florida State

The Seminoles (38-12, 6-6) will host the NC State Wolfpack this weekend at Dick Howser Stadium.

April 26-28 • Friday & Saturday 7:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Dick Howser Stadium (5,000) • Tallahassee, Fla.

#5 FLORIDA STATE (38-12, 6-6 ACC)

Florida State swept then-No. 5 Georgia Tech last weekend to move up to No. 5 in this week's Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll. The Seminoles will play the next three weekends at home as NC State, Duke and Maryland visit Dick Howser Stadium. FSU wraps up the regular season at No. 1 Clemson before heading to St. Petersburg for the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles are led by senior All-American third baseman Ryan Barthelemy (.378, 12 HR, 65 RBI) and junior left-hander Matt Lynch (8-1, 3.81 ERA). Daniel Hodges has come on over the last two weeks out of the FSU bullpen, earning two saves at Miami two weeks ago and picking up another pair of saves last weekend against Georgia Tech. Hodges, who now has six saves on the season, leads the squad with a 2.49 ERA and 23 appearances. His ERA in ACC games is an impressive 1.23. Catcher Tony Richie is riding an a season-long eight-game hitting streak in which he is hitting .500 (14-for-28) with one homer, one triple, four doubles and 11 RBI.

NC STATE (26-17, 4-11 ACC)

The Wolfpack snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over Old Dominion Wednesday night. RHP Ryan Combs (0-0, 3.90 ERA), RHP Daniel Caldwell (6-5, 5.71 ERA) and LHP Mike Prochaska (4-1, 3.12 ERA) will make up the NC State rotation. Brian Wright is the team's top hitter with a .410 batting average and 56 RBI. Colt Morton leads the team with nine home runs.

THE SERIES

Florida State leads the all-time series 30-14, which includes a 2-2 mark last year. The Seminoles won two of three at NC State and were eliminated from the ACC Tournament by the Wolfpack 8-4. Two years ago in Tallahassee, FSU lost the Friday night game 5-4, but bounced back to win 8-2 Saturday & 6-5 Sunday.

TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB

Friday's 7:00 p.m. game will be televised live by Sunshine Network with Gene Deckerhoff and Tom Block calling the action. All three games 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.  .308, 3 HR, 31 RBI
2B   Bryan Zech (R/R)       5-10  170  So.  .325, 2 HR, 23 RBI
SS   Stephen Drew (L/R)     6-0   175  Fr.  .344, 7 HR, 29 RBI
3B   Ryan Barthelemy (L/R)  6-3   225  Sr.  .378, 12 HR, 65 RBI
C    Tony Richie (R/R)      6-1   205  So.  .321, 5 HR, 41 RBI
LF   Tony McQuade (S/R)     6-2   205  So.  .392, 3 HR, 29 RBI
CF   Nick Rogers (R/R)      6-1   195  Sr.  .316, 5 HR, 43 RBI
RF   Richie Smith (L/R)     5-11  200  Sr.  .270, 6 HR, 20 RBI
or   Mike Futrell (R/R)     6-0   180  Sr.  .275, 5 HR, 16 RBI
DH   Blair McCaleb (R/R)    6-0   205  Sr.  .317, 4 HR, 30 RBI
Starting Pitchers
Fri. LHP Matt Lynch         6-1   190  Jr.   8-1, 3.81 ERA, 55 K
Sat. RHP Marc LaMacchia     6-0   190  So.   7-1, 2.60 ERA, 45 K
Sun. RHP Robby Read         6-2   195  Jr.   6-1, 4.61 ERA, 66 K

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