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March 26, 2009

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Riding a three game winning streak, Florida State (13-8, 3-4 ACC) travels to Maryland (11-12, 3-6 ACC) in what is the Seminoles second conference road series of the season. FSU leads the all-time series 54-3, including a 23-1 record in games played in College Park.

The Seminoles enter this weekend’s series winners of 33 straight games over the Terrapins including 22 consecutive victories on Maryland’s home turf. The Terps last victory over Florida State came on March 26, 1998 in Tallahassee. The only Maryland victory against FSU at Shipley Field came on May 2, 1993, a 5-2 decision. Florida State has won all 17 series against Maryland since joining the ACC in 1992. FSU’s .947 winning percentage over Maryland is the highest among ACC opponents.

Florida State vs. Maryland Weekend Series Pitching Match-up
Friday, March 27, – 7:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (4-1) vs. Maryland – LHP – Matt Fullerton (2-1)

Saturday, March 28 – 4:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Brian Busch (0-1) vs. Maryland – RHP – Scott Swinson (1-3)

Sunday, March 29 – 1:00 p.m.

Florida State – RHP, Mike McGee (1-1) vs. Maryland – LHP – Eric Potter (2-1)

Maryland enters the weekend series with a record of 11-12 and 3-6 in the ACC. The Terrapins currently sit in a tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Division, while picking up their first ACC series victory in week two as the Terps took 2-of-3 from NC State in Raleigh. A.J. Casario leads the offensive attack for Maryland in 2009 batting .365 through 22 games. Mike Murphy has provided the power for the Terrapins with five home runs and 22 RBI. As a team, Maryland is hitting .276, while posting a .964 fielding percentage. On the mound, the Terps have compiled a team ERA of 5.26. Friday night’s starter Matt Fullerton is 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA in 19.1 innings of work. Brett Harman is the team’s strikeout leader with 30 in 10 appearances.

Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 19 of its last 24 ACC series including 11 sweeps. Of the five series that FSU has lost, two have come on the road against North Carolina in 2008 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. and the other this year at Virginia. The series loss against the Cavaliers is a little misleading as FSU and UVa were only able to play one game as the other two were cancelled due to rain. The first series loss during this span came at the hands of Clemson as the Tigers took 2-of-3 from FSU in Tallahassee in 2007. In 2008, Florida State swept Maryland, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Boston College and Clemson while taking 2-of-3 from Wake Forest and NC State. With a three game sweep of Clemson in South Carolina, FSU captured its second consecutive ACC Atlantic Division title. The Seminoles got off to a slow start in 2009 with a 1-3 record in league play, but were able to claim their first ACC series victory taking 2-of-3 from Clemson in Tallahassee.

Now in its fourth season of using a divisional breakdown in the ACC, Florida State has posted a record of 37-13 against teams in the Atlantic Division including a mark of 20-7 at home and 17-6 on the road. Against Coastal Division teams, the Seminoles are 30-16 overall, 16-8 at home and 14-8 on the road. In 2007, FSU claimed its first ACC Atlantic Division title en route to earning the No. 1 overall seed in the ACC Tournament. Last year, the Seminoles won the Atlantic Division for the second year in a row with a 24-6 league mark.

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF

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