March 24, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Riding a school-record string of five consecutive extra-inning games, the fifth-ranked Florida State baseball team returns to Atlantic Coast Conference action this weekend at Dick Howser Stadium with a three-game series against Wake Forest.
The Seminoles have (16-5, 4-2 ACC) will try and preserve their one-game Atlantic Division lead over Clemson against the Demon Deacons (7-13, 2-4), who opened their conference schedule by taking two of three games from nationally ranked North Carolina.
Friday’s series opener (6 p.m.) will include a special presentation from FSU coach Mike Martin to Wake Forest coach Tom Walter. Walter gained national recognition earlier this year he donated a kidney to freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan. In addition to honoring the Demon Deacons second-year coach, Florida State is promoting organ donation throughout the opening game. LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services will be on hand in Haggard Plaza, providing information and registering interested fans for organ donation.
On the field, the Seminoles are hoping for a return to normalcy. FSU suffered its fourth loss in five consecutive extra-inning games on Wednesday, dropping a 6-4, 11-inning decision to Stetson.
FSU will make a change to its weekend rotation. While unbeaten junior left-hander Sean Gilmartin (4-0, 1.73) and sophomore right-hander Scott Sitz (2-0, 2.70) will get the starting nods Friday and Saturday, the Seminoles will turn to a junior right-hander – either Gary Merians of Hunter Scantling – on Sunday. Regardless which man gets the ball in the series finale, they will try and help the Seminoles extend their string of 23 consecutive Sunday victories, which began with FSU’s 2009 NCAA Regional championship win over Ohio State.
Wake Forest will counter with a trio of left-handers – Austin Stadler, Tim Cooney and Zack White – in its starting rotation. The Seminoles lead the all-time series against the Demon Deacons, 75-19, including eight consecutive victories.
Saturday’s game is set for 6 p.m. with the series finale set for 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available for the entire series at www.seminoles.com, where fans unable to attend can sign up for the All-Access video/audio feed for all three games.