Feb. 25, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a successful opening weekend that saw Florida State outscore Hofstra 43-16 en route to a four-game sweep, the fifth-ranked Seminoles now turn their sights to the Auburn Tigers (2-2) for four games beginning Thursday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
Thursday marks the second year in a row that Florida State and Auburn will face-off in a two-game home and home series. Last year, the Seminoles swept the four-game series as three of the four games were decided by two runs or less including two games in which the Garnet and Gold won by one-run.
These two teams have faced each other on 113 separate occasions with the Seminoles maintaining a 73-40-0 all-time advantage. FSU is 45-25 inside the friendly confines of Dick Howser Stadium, while posting a record of 27-14 on the Tigers’ home turf. The Seminoles have won four in a row in Tallahassee (last Auburn win – 2/13/05, 9-2) and three in a row on the road (last Auburn win – 2/10/06, 5-2) including nine of the last 11 games in Alabama. The Garnet and Gold have won 21 of the last 25 games in the series including five in a row. Under head coach Mike Martin, FSU is 31-6 against the Tigers.
Series Starting Rotation*
Thursday, February 26 – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Geoff Parker (1-0) vs. Auburn – RHP, Ty Kelley (0-0)
Friday, February 27 – 4:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (1-0) vs. Auburn – LHP, Grant Dayton (0-0)
Saturday, February 28 – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Florida State – LHP, John Gast (1-0) vs. Auburn – RHP, Jon Luke Jacobs (0-0)
Sunday, March 1 – 2:00 p.m. (EST)
Florida State – RHP, Mike McGee (1-0) vs. Auburn – RHP, Paul Burnside (0-0)
* rotation subject to change
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Auburn enters the four-game series with a 2-2 record after dropping two of three from Elon to open the season and posting a 17-4 victory over Lipscomb on Tuesday. The Tigers are under the direction of first year head coach John Pawlowski, who is coming off nine successful seasons as the head field general at the College of Charleston. With the Cougars, Pawlowski posted a record of 338-192-1 making three NCAA Tournament appearances from 2004-2006. Against Elon, the Tigers hit .272 as a team with five doubles and six home runs, while their team ERA was 6.67. The three Auburn starters faired well against the Phoenix posting a 3.07 ERA allowing just five earned runs in 14.2 innings of work.
SEMINOLES ON THE ROAD
Florida State is 17-12 when playing its first road game of the season under head coach Mike Martin. The Seminoles have won three of their last four road openers including two in a row but are only 5-5 in their last 10 road openers. Last year, Florida State defeated Auburn 7-5 in the Seminoles first road game of the season. FSU had great success away from home in 2008 posting a record of 20-7.
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