March 12, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State and Georgia will face-off for the 53rd and 54th time on Tuesday and Wednesday as the Bulldogs travel to Dick Howser Stadium to play the Seminoles in a two-game non-conference series. FSU leads the all-time series 29-23-0 while maintaining a 15-11 mark in Tallahassee. Georgia has had the upper hand in the series as of late winning the last two games and nine of the last 14. During that span, eight games have been decided by two runs or less with Georgia going 6-2.
The last six games in the series have been played at Foley Field in Athens, Ga., with all six games being played as part of the NCAA Tournament. In 2001, Georgia took 2-of-3 in the Super Regionals. Then in the 2006 NCAA Regional, after FSU beat UGA 6-4 in a winner’s bracket game, the Bulldogs staved off elimination winning three straight including back-to-back games over FSU to advance into Super Regional play.
This is the first time the two teams have squared off in Tallahassee since a two-game set back in April of 1987 as the Bulldogs won both games by one-run. The last time Florida State defeated Georgia at home was on February 21, 1982, a 6-5 victory for the Seminoles.
Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Wednesday, March 12, 2:00 pm
Resume Game 1 – Bottom of the 4th, UGA leads 8-2
Georgia – RHP, Dean Weaver (0-1) vs. Florida State – RHP, Mike McGee (2-0)
Radio – 1270 the Team: Listen Live
Wednesday, March 12, 4:00 pm
Georgia – RHP, Justin Grimm (0-0) vs. Florida State – RHP, Bo O’Dell (1-0)
Radio – 1270 the Team: Listen Live
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!
Against The Bulldogs
With 17 newcomers on this year’s Seminole squad, only a handful of student-athletes have faced the Bulldogs while sporting the Garnet and Gold. Buster Posey, Jack Rye, Dennis Guinn and Ryan Strauss started all three games in the 2006 NCAA Athens Regional. Posey hit .308 as a freshman recording four hits and scoring a run. Rye went 3-for-11 (.273) with a walk and an RBI, while Strauss and Guinn hit .222 and .200, respectively. Guinn recorded two RBIs and scored a run. Tommy Oravetz came of the bench and made two plate appearances going 1-for-2. In his first two seasons at Tennessee, Tony Delmonico faced the UGA six times amassing a .273 average with three doubles, three runs scored, three RBIs and three walks.
Jimmy Marshall is the only pitcher on staff to throw against UGA as the Tallahassee, Fla., native threw two innings in his only appearance allowing one run, unearned, on three hits. Head coach Mike Martin is 4-8 all-time against Georgia.
The Seminoles in Non-Conference Action
Just 12 games into the 2008 schedule, Florida State still faces 16 games vs. non-conference foes including five games versus teams from the SEC. After the Seminoles’ two-game series against Georgia, FSU will face Florida for a home-in-home series before playing at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville for the second straight year. So far this season, the Seminoles are 9-0 in non-conference action with a 4-0 mark against teams from the SEC thanks to a four-game sweep of the Auburn Tigers. Over the last three years, Florida State has posted a record of 87-24 against non-league opponents including a mark of 13-12 against teams from the SEC.
And Then There Were Three
Heading into the fourth week of the season, Florida State joins Arizona State and Kentucky as the only three remaining undefeated teams in Division I baseball. The Sun Devils and Seminoles share identical 12-0 records, while the Wildcats sit at 11-0.
11, 4 Away From 1500
Florida State’s Mike Martin is approaching yet another milestone as he enters his 29th season as head coach of the Seminole baseball program. Following his second straight 12-0 start to begin the season, the Hall of Fame coach needs just four victories to become the third Division I coach to reach 1,500 career victories joining Texas’ Augie Garrido (1,638) and Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson (1,612). Martin owns a career record of 1,496-506-4 good for an all-time winning percentage of .747 which ranks third in the NCAA among active Division I coaches.
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