May 7, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (35-12, 18-7 ACC) and Georgia Tech (31-11-1, 14-7-1) square-off for a three-game series in Atlanta marking the final regular season conference series of the season for the Seminoles. FSU enters the weekend on a 14-game winning streak, the longest current streak in the nation.
Florida State leads the all-time series 62-37 including a mark of 21-14 on the Yellow Jackets’ home turf. Florida State snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets by sweeping a three-game set in Atlanta in 2007. The Seminoles have now won six straight in the series. Despite losing six in a row, Georgia Tech has won 14 of the last 23 games against the Seminoles. This marks the ninth series played in Atlanta since FSU joined the league in 1992 with the Seminoles taking five of the first eight. FSU has won three in a row inside Russ Chandler Stadium with the last home victory for Georgia Tech coming on April 17, 2005. Six of the last seven series have been a result of a three-game sweep with FSU claiming three (2002, 2007 and 2008).
Last year, the Seminoles outscored the Yellow Jackets 36-17 pounding out 37 hits while hitting .336 as a team. Defensively, the Garnet and Gold posted a team fielding percentage of .982 while the pitching staff posted a team ERA of 5.67 in 27 innings of work.
Florida State vs. Georgia Tech Weekend Pitching Match-up
Friday, May 8 – 7:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (9-1) vs. Georgia Tech – RHP, Deck McGuire (8-0)
Saturday, May 9 – 1:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Brian Busch (4-2) vs. Georgia Tech – RHP, Brandon Cumpton (3-1)
Sunday, May 10 – 1:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Mike McGee (4-2) vs. Georgia Tech – TBA
STIDHAM EYEING THE JACKETS
Over the last two years, Jason Stidham has been at his best when facing Georgia Tech. In six games against the Jackets, the junior second baseman is hitting .536 (15-for-28) with three doubles, two home runs, 17 RBI and 10 runs scored. Stidham was named ACC Player of the Week for his performance against the Yellow Jackets in 2007. In that series in Atlanta, he drove in a series-high 10 runs and scored five times starting at third base in all three games. Last year, Stidham hit .500 in three starts at second.
For the third year in a row, the Florida State Seminoles claimed the Atlantic Division title thanks to wins in 11 of their last 12 conference games including three straight sweeps. The division crown assures the Seminoles of no lower than a second seed in the upcoming ACC Baseball Championship in Durham, N.C., May 20-24. Since the move to divisional play in 2006, FSU has captured three of the four Atlantic Division titles.
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