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Florida State vs. Jacksonville/North Florida Mid-Week Preview

March 3, 2009

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Game Notes Week 3 vs. Jacksonville & North Florida in PDF Format

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sixth-ranked Florida State (6-1) hits the diamond for a pair of mid-week games beginning Tuesday, March 3 as the Seminoles travel to face Jacksonville (3-4) at 6:00 p.m. FSU returns home on Wednesday to face North Florida (3-6) with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m. inside Dick Howser Stadium.

In a series dating back to 1960, Florida State and Jacksonville square-off in the first of two games scheduled in 2009. Over the last two seasons, the two schools have split the season 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 112-35, while maintaining a mark of 38-24 in games played on Alexander Breast Field.

Last year, despite being out hit by the Dolphins 10-9 in Jacksonville, Florida State prevailed 7-5 as the Garnet and Gold scored five of their seven runs over the last three innings. In that game, the Seminoles stole nine bases including a steal of home by Tyler Holt in the top of the seventh. FSU has won nine of the last 11 games against Jacksonville on their home turf.

Tuesday’s Pitching Match-up – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Mike McGee (1-0) vs. Jacksonville – LHP, Kyle Kriech (1-1)

Florida State hosts North Florida on Wednesday, March 4 for the first of three games this year. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 4-0 while all four games have been played on Mike Martin Field. The Seminoles have outscored the Ospreys 46-13 in the four games. This is the fourth season as a Division I program for North Florida as the Ospreys are a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. A season ago UNF finished 29-26 and 18-15 in the A-Sun, good for fourth place in the conference.

Wednesday’s Pitching Match-up – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Austin Wood (0-0) vs. North Florida – LHP, Michael Kelly (0-0)

Just seven games into the 2009 schedule, Florida State still face 18 games vs. non-conference foes including seven more games against teams from the Atlantic Sun (UNF – 3, JU – 2, Florida Gulf Coast – 2). Since 2005, Florida State has posted a record of 115-24 against non-league opponents including a mark of 24-2 against schools from the A-Sun.

Florida State dropped its first road contest of the season falling at Auburn 10-9 on February 28. The Seminoles are now 17-13 when playing its first road game of the season under head coach Mike Martin, while falling to 5-6 in their last 11 road openers. FSU had great success away from home in 2008 posting a record of 20-7. The Seminoles have not lost consecutive games on the road during the regular season since dropping three in a row at Clemson, May 12-14, 2006. The last time such a feat happened against a non-conference opponent came at Hawaii in 2005 (March 10-12) as the Seminoles lost three in a row.

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.

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