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Florida State vs. Jacksonville/FIU Mid-Week Series Preview

May 5, 2009

Week 12 – Game Notes vs. Jacksonville & Florida International in PDF Format

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (33-12) concludes its longest home stand of the season with two mid-week games on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles welcome Jacksonville (30-15) on Tuesday and Florida International (29-18) on Wednesday with both games starting at 6:00 p.m. FSU has won 12 in a row which stands as the longest current win streak in the nation.

Florida State is coming off its third straight conference series sweep this past weekend taking three from Virginia Tech. In the process, the Seminoles claimed their third consecutive ACC Atlantic Division title assuring FSU of no lower than a two seed in the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C., May 20-24.

Florida State vs. Jacksonville Tuesday Pitching Match-up
Tuesday, May 5 – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Hunter Scantling (2-0) vs. Jacksonville – RHP, Matt Loosen (3-0)
Promotions: Florida State Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night; $2 Tuesdays; Cinco de Mayo special – Buy One Get One Free nachos and a special Mexican Pizza will be offered at the concession stand.

Florida State vs. Florida International Wednesday Pitching Match-up
Wednesday, May 6 – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Bo O’Dell (3-2) vs. FIU – TBA
Promotions: Florida State Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night.

In a series dating back to 1960, Florida State and Jacksonville square-off for the second time in 2009 and for the first time since week three. Back on March 3, the Dolphins defeated the Seminoles 9-4 on Alexander Breast Field, the largest margin of victory for JU since downing FSU 13-4 in 2002. Over the last two seasons, the two schools have split the series as each team won on their home turf in 2007, while exchanging wins at each others stadium in 2008. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 112-36, while maintaining a mark of 73-11 in games played on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Florida State welcomes FIU to the state capital on Wednesday as the two schools square-off for the first time since 1991. The Seminoles won the last meeting defeating the Golden Panthers 6-3 in Tallahassee, but it’s FIU that has won four of the last seven games in the series. Florida State leads the all-time series 13-5, while the Seminoles are 10-3 in games played on their home turf. The series has been closely contested as 12 of the 18 games have been decided by three runs or less – FSU 7-5 in those 12 games.

With five games remaining vs. non-conference foes, Florida State has posted a record of 15-5 against teams outside the ACC. The Seminoles are 4-2 against schools from the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2009. Tuesday’s game against Jacksonville is the last A-Sun opponent that FSU will face during the regular season. Since 2005, Florida State has posted a record of 124-28 against non-league opponents including a mark of 28-4 against schools from the A-Sun. FIU marks the first school from the Sun Belt that FSU will face since 2006 when the Seminoles welcomed South Alabama for a regular season contest. Florida State owns an all-time record of 85-38-1 against current schools from the Sun Belt Conference.

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 divisions in 2006, FSU has captured three of the four Atlantic Division titles.

Senior Jimmy Marshall became just the seventh pitcher in Florida State history to make 100 appearances on the mound in a Seminole uniform. The Tallahassee, Fla., reached the milestone in Sunday’s series finale against Virginia Tech as Marshall pitched a perfect ninth. Marshall is also currently tied for fifth all-time in career relief appearances with 98, a spot he shares with Mike DiBlasi (1997-00). Kevin Lynch (2002-05) is all-time leader in both overall appearances and relief appearances with 136.

Freshman Sean Gilmartin was one of 50 student-athletes named to the watch list for the inaugural National Pitcher of the Year award presented by the College Baseball Foundation and Mizuno. Fellow teammate Stephen Cardullo was one of 38 student-athletes named to the initial watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award presented by the College Baseball Foundation and Mizuno. For the first time since its creation in 2004, the Wallace Award will honor the country’s finest shortstop. Previously, the Wallace Award was given to the national player of the year. Last year, Florida State’s Buster Posey was the recipient of the Brooks Wallace Award, while Tony Thomas, Jr., was named a finalist in 2007.

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF

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