April 14, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Looking to ride the momentum from last weekend’s series victory over second-ranked North Carolina, 20th-ranked Florida State (21-11) welcomes a pair of intra-state rivals to Dick Howser Stadium this week in Florida (23-12) and North Florida (15-22) in the rubber game of a three-game series between both schools.
Tuesday marks the 212th meeting between FSU and UF. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 116-94-1, while holding a 69-36-1 advantage in Tallahassee. FSU has won two in a row at home but both schools have split the last six games played in the state capital. The series has been so close as of late that both schools have each won nine games over the last 18 meetings.
Back on March 17, FSU fell to Florida 5-4 in Gainesville. The Seminoles fought back from two runs down in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as the Gators plated the winning run on a Buddy Munroe walk-off single to deep right center in the bottom of the inning. The two intra-state rivals battled it out for three hours and 51 minutes as the game featured three ties and three lead changes. Tyler Holt and Rafael Lopez each finished the game with a team-high three hits. At the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville, FSU defeated Florida 3-2 in a game called after five innings due to heavy rain. Jack Posey broke a 2-2 tie with a solo home run in the top of the fifth to give the Seminoles the one-run victory.
Florida State vs. Florida Mid-Week Pitching Match-up
Tuesday, April 14, – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Bo O’Dell (3-1) vs. Florida – TBA
Florida State welcomes North Florida to Dick Howser Stadium on Wednesday for the second and final time in 2009. Both schools have each won a game on the opposing team’s field this year. FSU leads the all-time series 5-1 as five of the six games have been played on Mike Martin Field. The Seminoles have outscored the Ospreys 64-24 in the previous six games.
Florida State avenged an early season loss to UNF downing the Ospreys 14-6 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville back on April 8. The Seminoles hit nine extra base hits including five home runs. Jason Stidham recorded his first career multi-home run game with round trippers in consecutive at-bats in the second and fourth innings. Back on March 4, North Florida defeated FSU 5-4 marking the first win in the series for the Ospreys. An eighth inning home run by North Florida’s Steve Hillian was the difference in the first meeting between these two schools. Despite giving up just five hits on the evening, the Seminoles struggled defensively committing four errors in the loss.
Florida State vs. North Florida Mid-Week Pitching Match-up
Wednesday, April 15, – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Austin Wood (0-0) vs. North Florida – TBA
SCOUTING THE GATORS
The Gators enter Tuesday’s game winners of four of their last five games and fresh off a series victory over the Auburn Tigers in Alabama. Florida currently sits with a record of 23-12 and 9-6 in the Southeastern Conference. The Gators are 5-8 away from McKethan Stadium this year. Freshman Preston Tucker leads the Gator offensive attack hitting .359 with 42 hits, seven home runs and 45 RBI in 33 games. Josh Adams and Matt den Dekker are each batting over .340. As a team, the Gators are hitting .299. On the mound, Florida sports a team ERA of 3.79 allowing 129 earned runs in 306.1 innings of work.
Last year, Florida State took 3-of-4 from Florida including a 17-11 victory in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional eliminating the Gators from postseason play. The win in the tournament snapped a seven-game losing streak to Florida in the postseason as it was the first win over the Gators in the NCAA Tournament since downing UF 5-1 in Miami back in 1981. It also marked the first time since 2000 that the Seminoles registered at least three wins in a single-season over Florida. With a 4-2 victory over Florida inside Dick Howser Stadium on April 15, 2008, Florida State secured its first regular season series victory over the Gators for the first time since 2005. Behind a complete game effort from senior Ryan Strauss, the Seminoles took 2-of-3 from UF with wins in Tallahassee and at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville (10-2).
SCOUTING THE OSPREYS
North Florida enters the mid-week contest with a record of 15-22 and have lost five of its last six games. The Ospreys are 9-9 in the Atlantic Sun Conference good for sixth place in the league standings. UNF will face Georgia Southern on Tuesday in Jacksonville before traveling west on I-10 to face the Seminoles. Brian Wilson leads the North Florida offensive attack hitting .358 with nine doubles and 12 RBI in 35 games. As a team, the Ospreys are hitting .292 with 378 hits including 68 doubles and 39 home runs. Defensively, UNF has made 73 errors this year while posting a team ERA of 5.41. The pitching staff has posted 274 strikeouts to just 129 walks.
THE SEMINOLES IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
With nine games remaining vs. non-conference foes, Florida State has posted a record of 12-4 against teams outside the ACC. Tuesday’s game marks the final regular season game against an opponent from the Southeastern Conference. FSU has posted an all-time record of 283-194-1 (.593) against current teams from the SEC. Since 2005, the Seminoles are 22-15 against SEC foes having played Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State and Tennessee. The Garnet and Gold has a winning record all-time against every member of the SEC except Arkansas (0-3). The Seminoles are 3-2 against schools from the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2009. Following Wednesday’s game against UNF, FSU has just one more game against an A-Sun opponent that coming against Jacksonville on May 5. Since 2005, Florida State has posted a record of 121-27 against non-league opponents including a mark of 27-4 against schools from the A-Sun.
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UPDATE: Verizon Wireless and Florida State University invite fans to help strike out domestic violence, by participating in wireless phone drives during the April 15th (North Florida) and April 26th (Wake Forest) baseball games. The first 50 fans to contribute at each game will receive two free general admission tickets for a future FSU baseball game, courtesy of Verizon Wireless.
The organizations will be collecting no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories – from any wireless service provider and in any condition – which will then be recycled to fund grants for domestic violence agencies, or refurbished and donated to local shelters.
For information on the FSU HopeLine Collection see the link below