March 8, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the third consecutive week a Florida State baseball standout earned a place in the Atlantic Coast Conference spotlight for his performance on the field.
Junior pitcher Sean Gilmartin earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors for his dominant performance in Friday’s victory at Georgia. The Moorpark, Cal. native turned in his finest performance as a Seminole, posting a career-high 11 strikeouts over eight shutout innings as FSU went on to claim the opening game of the series, 6-5. Gilmartin (3-0) eclipsed his previous career high for strikeouts by two, limited the Bulldogs to an opposite field single and issued just one walk.
The victory moved Gilmartin to 3-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.23. In 22 innings of work this season the veteran left-hander has struck out 24 and issued just two walks. His opening night win set the tone in the tightly contested series, which the Seminoles won with a 7-5 victory on Sunday.
Florida State (10-1), which ranks No. 5 nationally in three major polls after posting a 3-1 week – including a win over No. 1 Florida – opens a two-game series against Maine, beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m. (FoxSports Florida). It is the Seminoles final non-conference season before embarking on their ACC schedule, which opens Friday at home against Boston College.
FSU vs. Maine series primer
The fifth-ranked Florida State baseball team fresh off its first series road win at Georgia and 5-3 triumph over No. 1 Florida at Tampa’s Steinbrenner Field, carries a 10-1 record into a two-game, mid-week series against the Black Bears of Maine, out of the America East Conference. It’s the first meeting between the programs since 1996, when legendary Maine coach John Winkin brought his club to Tallahassee and the final tune-up before the Seminoles open their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule at home against Boston College (Friday-Sunday): • FSU leads the all-time series 4-0, which began with a 4-2 regular season win in 1988…the Seminoles swept the ’96 three-game set; • The Seminoles have outscored the Black Bears 43-13 in the four previous meetings; • Maine has made seven College World Series appearances; five of which came between 1981-86; • The Black Bears are in the midst of 25-game road streak to open the 2011 season…they played their first four games at UNLV and are near the back end of a 12-game Florida swing.