March 24, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (11-8) and Florida Gulf Coast (13-8) will meet for the first time in school history when the two schools square-off in a two-game mid-week series beginning Tuesday, March 24 at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles hope to ride the momentum into this week’s series against the Eagles after taking 2-of-3 from Clemson over the weekend to claim their first ACC series victory of the season.
Florida Gulf Coast is coming off a 2008 season in which the Eagles won the Atlantic Sun regular season title, but was not eligible for postseason competition due to its reclassification to Division I. FGCU posted an overall record 38-15 last year, while finishing a top the A-Sun with a league record of 25-8. Florida Gulf Coast is the last of two schools (High Point) that Florida State will face for the first time in the program’s 62 year history.
Florida State vs. Florida Gulf Coast Mid-Week Pitching Match-up
Tuesday, March 24, – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Bo O’Dell (1-1) vs. FGCU – LHP, Patrick Nathanson (3-0)
Wednesday, March 25 – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Austin Wood (0-0) vs. FGCU – RHP, Craig Crumbly (2-0)
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Florida Gulf Coast enters the mid-week series in Tallahassee after dropping 2-of-3 from Jacksonville over the weekend. The Eagles currently stand at 13-8 on the year and in second place in the Atlantic Sun with a 7-2 record. Against common opponents so far this season (Boston College, Jacksonville and North Florida), FGCU is 5-3, while FSU is 1-4. Leading the offensive charge for the Eagles is Steven Wickens who leads all hitters with a .422 average through 21 games. Tim Roberson leads the team in home runs (8) and RBI (32). Defensively, Florida Gulf Coast is fielding .956 as a team committing 38 errors on the year. On the mound, the Eagles’ staff ERA sits at 4.50. Patrick Nathanson and Richie Erath led the squad with three wins apiece. In the late innings, the Eagles look to Derek Shaw to close the deal as he boasts a 2.78 ERA with three saves. Shaw has appeared in eight games and has 25 strikeouts to just two walks in 22.2 innings of work.
THE SEMINOLES IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
With 13 games remaining vs. non-conference foes, Florida State has posted a record of 8-4 against teams outside the ACC. Florida Gulf Coast marks the third Atlantic Sun opponent the Seminoles have faced in 2009. So far this year the A-Sun has had the upper hand against FSU as both Jacksonville and North Florida picked up early season victories. The Seminoles still have two games remaining with UNF and one more against Jacksonville. Since 2005, Florida State has posted a record of 117-27 against non-league opponents including a mark of 24-4 against schools from the A-Sun.
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Florida State’s two-game series against High Point marked the first of two, first time opponents on this year’s schedule. The second school is Florida Gulf Coast, who will visit Tallahassee March 24-25. FSU has fared well when facing a team for the first time posting an all-time record of 175-45 (.795). The Garnet & Gold swept High Point in the two-game mid-week series on Tuesday and Wednesday outscoring the Panthers 22-7.
Check out Tuesday’s with Ruairi on www.seminoles.com, as the senior captain gives an inside look into Seminole Baseball throughout the year.
For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.