March 6, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (6-3) hosts Boston College (8-2) for just the second time in a young series as the three-game set marks the conference opener for both schools. The Seminoles will look to snap a three-game losing streak as the series gets underway under the light on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium on Friday.
FSU leads the all-time series 9-0 including a record of 3-0 on Mike Martin Field. The Seminoles have outscored the Eagles 69-23 in the previous nine games while holding BC to three runs or less in seven games. Four games have been decided by two runs or less including both games of a doubleheader played in Chestnut Hill a season ago as the Seminoles downed the Eagles 8-6 and 4-3. Both schools enter the weekend series near the top of the ACC in hitting (BC/FSU – .346/.338) and at the opposite end of the spectrum in pitching (FSU/BC – 4.68/5.87).
Florida State vs. Boston College Series Pitching Match-up
Friday, March 6, – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (2-0) vs. Boston College – RHP, JB MacDonald (1-0)
Saturday, March 7, – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Geoff Parker (1-0) vs. Boston College – LHP, Pat Dean (1-1)
Sunday, March 8, – 1:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, John Gast (1-0) vs. Boston College – RHP, Mike Dennhardt (2-0)
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Boston College is off to a fast start with an 8-2 record in 2009. The Eagles have been on the road for all 10 games to start the season and head to Tallahassee in the midst of a 22-game road stand. BC will finally get to host its first home game at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond on March 27, 2009 when the Eagles play the Clemson Tigers. Boston College has wrecked havoc in the state of Florida so far this year posting a record of 7-1 against schools from the Sunshine State. The Eagles opened the season with a four-game sweep of Stetson, outscoring the Hatters 35-19. BC then defeated South Florida and Bethune-Cookman before splitting a mid-week series with Florida Gulf Coast. Offensively, 11 BC hitters are hitting .300 or better including eight everyday starters. Robbie Anston and Tony Sanchez are leading the charge batting .426 and .419, respectively. The three pitchers that will take the mound this weekend in Tallahassee are sporting a combined ERA of 3.68. The Eagles staff is led by JB MacDonald who is 1-0 in two starts with a 0.69 ERA. The senior right hander has allowed just one earned run in 13 innings of work and will start for Boston College on Friday night.
IN ACC PLAY
Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 18 of its last 21 ACC series including 11 sweeps. Of the three series that FSU has lost only one has come on the road and that came against North Carolina in 2008 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The first series loss during this span came at the hands of Clemson as the Tigers took 2-of-3 from FSU in Tallahassee in 2007. In 2008, Florida State swept Maryland, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Boston College and Clemson while taking 2-of-3 from Wake Forest and NC State. With a three game sweep of Clemson in South Carolina, FSU captured its second consecutive ACC Atlantic Division title. The Seminoles’ 10-0 start in league play in 2008 marked the third time in school history that FSU started a season undefeated through the first 10 games. It was FSU’s best start in the conference since starting 13-0 back in 1999. In 1996, the Seminoles ran out to a 17-0 start.
DIVISIONAL CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Heading into its fourth season of using a divisional breakdown in the ACC, Florida State has posted a record of 34-10 against teams in the Atlantic Division including a mark of 17-4 at home and 17-6 on the road. Against Coastal Division teams, the Seminoles are 30-15 overall, 16-8 at home and 14-7 on the road. In 2007, FSU claimed its first ACC Atlantic Division title en route to earning the No. 1 overall seed in the ACC Tournament. Last year, the Seminoles won the Atlantic Division for the second year in a row with a 24-6 league mark.
IN OPENING ACC PLAY
Florida State has faired well in opening ACC play posting an all-time record of 43-5 since joining the ACC back in 1992. The Seminoles have never lost a series to open league play, a string of 17 consecutive series victories. FSU has swept the opening series 12 times including sweeps in six straight seasons. The last time the Garnet and Gold lost a game in an opening series was on March 15, 2002 at Virginia. Since then, the Seminoles have rattled off 20 consecutive victories on opening weekend in the ACC. This weekend marks the first time Florida State has opened ACC play against Boston College. The Seminoles have faced Virginia and Maryland the most in opening the ACC season playing each team five times.
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