March 18, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – In this the 206th meeting between these intra-state rivals, Florida State travels to Florida for the first of three games between these two squads. Each school will host a game while the third contest will be played at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla., home of the minor league L.A. Dodgers affiliate the Jacksonville Suns and the 2008 ACC Baseball Tournament. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 112-92-1, while the Gators hold a 49-43 advantage on their home turf. Florida has won two in a row and nine of the last 14 games in the series. But the Seminoles have had the upper hand in Gainesville as of late winning the last three regular games played at Alfred McKethan Stadium.
Last year, Florida took 2-of-3 from FSU as the two schools exchanged wins on the opposing team’s home field for the second year in a row while the Gators defeated the Seminoles in Jacksonville. A year ago in Gainesville, Florida State pounded out 20 hits as seven Seminole batters in the starting line-up registered at least two or more hits in a 14-6 victory for FSU. The win moved head coach Mike Martin into sole possession of fifth place on the NCAA all-time career wins list with 1,445 career victories.
Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 pm
Florida State – RHP, Bo O’Dell (1-0) vs. Florida – LHP, Stephen Locke (1-0)
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Against The Gators
Seniors Dennis Guinn and Jack Rye have hit .389 and .333, respectively in their career against the Gators. Rye has seen the most action against Florida than any other Seminole on the roster playing in 10 games since 2005. Rye has amassed four RBIs, three runs scored and two doubles. Guinn registered four of his seven career hits last year. He has posted four RBIs, four runs, a pair of doubles and a home run. Buster Posey hit .500 last year with a home run, four runs and three RBIs.
Tuesday’s starter Bo O’Dell will make his third career start against Florida. He started last year’s game in Gainesville and earned a no decision as he gave up four runs on four hits in just 1.1 innings. The Kissimmee, Fla., native has pitched four career innings against the Gators and has given up nine runs on 10 hits. Jimmy Marshall and Trent Jarvis are the only other Seminoles to appear on the mound against Florida. Marshall made two appearances in 2007 working 2.2 scoreless innings. Jarvis’ last appearance came in 2005.
Florida State Pitching Probables
Tuesday – Junior RHP Bo O’Dell will make his third start of the season on Tuesday against Florida. In each of his first two outings, O’Dell tied a career-high with six innings of work. In his last outing against Georgia, the junior right hander did not decide in the decision but kept the Seminoles in the ball game as he gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits. The Kissimmee, Fla., native walked two and struck out four on 88 pitches. O’Dell’s first start resulted in his first victory of the season. He gave up two runs on eight hits in FSU’s 11-4 win over UNC Asheville. He did not walk a batter while posting a career-high five strikeouts. In 18 career appearances at Florida State, O’Dell has walked no more than one batter in 14 games. O’Dell is 4-1 as a starter while Tuesday’s start will mark his fourth against a SEC team including his third career start against the Gators.
The Seminoles In Non-Conference Action
Florida marks the third and final SEC team that Florida State will face during the 2008 regular season. Just 17 games into the 2008 schedule, Florida State still faces 14 games vs. non-conference foes including two more against the Gators. The Seminoles are 10-1 in non-conference action with a 5-1 mark against teams from the SEC thanks to a four-game sweep of the Auburn Tigers and a two-game split with Georgia. Over the last three years, Florida State has posted a record of 88-25 against non-league opponents including a mark of 14-13 against teams from the SEC.
11 Reaches 1500 Career Wins
Florida State’s Mike Martin added yet another milestone to his already illustrious career as the Hall of Fame coach became just the third coach in NCAA Division I history to reach 1,500 career victories. With Sunday’s victory over Georgia Tech, Martin joined Texas’ Augie Garrido (1,641) and Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson (1,616) atop that plateau. Martin owns a career record of 1,500-507-4 good for an all-time winning percentage of .747 which ranks third in the NCAA among active Division I coaches.
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