April 2, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In the most played series in school history for both schools, Florida State (17-8, 6-4 ACC) heads south to Coral Gables to face the Miami Hurricanes (21-7, 8-4 ACC) in a three-game ACC series. The Seminoles have won seven in a row and find themselves atop the ACC Atlantic Division. The Hurricanes are winners of two straight and currently sit alone in second place in the Coastal Division.
Friday’s game marks the 255th meeting between these two intra-state rivals as the Seminoles lead the all-time series 134-116-4. Florida State has faired well at Mark Light Stadium in the past as the all-time series is tied after 120 games (59-59-2). FSU’s success down in Coral Gables has come in recent years as the Seminoles are 9-4-1 in their last 15 trips down south, while taking 2-of-3 from Miami in 2007 and three of the last four from the Hurricanes on their home turf.
In 2007, Florida State took 2-of-3 from Miami in Coral Gables before falling to the Hurricanes in pool play of the ACC Tournament in Jacksonville. Last year, the Hurricanes returned the favor taking 2-of-3 from FSU in Tallahassee. But the biggest game between these two fierce rivals came in an elimination game at the College World Series. Despite a valiant effort by the Seminoles in the ninth, the Hurricanes would prevail with a 7-5 victory ending FSU’s tournament run in Omaha. Since joining the ACC, Miami is 9-5 against Florida State taking the regular season series in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Florida State vs. Miami Weekend Pitching Match-up
Friday, April 3, – 7:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (5-1) vs. Miami – RHP, David Guiterrez (2-2)
Saturday, April 4 – 7:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Brian Busch (1-1) vs. Miami – LHP, Chris Hernandez (2-2)
Sunday, April 5 – 1:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Mike McGee (2-1) vs. Miami – LHP, Iden Nazario (2-0)
SCOUTING THE HURRICANES
Miami enters the weekend series winners of two in a row, but are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Hurricanes currently sit in second place in the Coastal Division, a game behind first place Georgia Tech. Miami won its first three league series before dropping two of three at home last weekend to the Yellow Jackets. Pacing the Hurricanes offensively is junior infielder Scott Lawson, who leads the team in hitting with a .380 average in 26 games. Yasmani Grandal leads the team with seven home runs, while Jason Hagerty is the team’s RBI leader with 25. As a team, Miami is batting .299, while posting a 3.60 ERA. On the hill, junior David Gutierrez as been the most consistent starter for the Hurricanes despite his 2-2 record. In six starters, Gutierrez has posted a 1.51 ERA in 35.2 innings of work allowing just six earned runs while holding the opposition to a .206 batting average. Kyle Bellamy leads all Miami pitchers in appearances with 13 as he has a 0.95 ERA with a league high seven saves.
FRESHMEN DIDN’T HEED THE HURRICANE WARNING
In 2008, freshmen Stuart Tapley and Mike McGee didn’t fear when the Hurricanes blew into town for a three game set. Tapley had an impressive time at the plate going 4-for-8 (.500) with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Mike McGee went 3-for-9 at the plate with a solo home run and four runs scored. However, when McGee came out of the bullpen in the fifth inning of the series finale on April 20, he inherited two runners and allowed two hits in that inning as Miami ran out to an 11-3 lead. He then pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just one base runner the rest of the way as he struck out three. This allowed Florida State to come back to make the score 11-10. However, due to travel restrictions, the game was called after seven innings were in the book.
STIDHAM EYEING THE HURRICANE
While posting a career .343 batting average, Jason Stidham is no stranger to having success at the plate. However, in games against Miami, he has really shined against one of the nation’s best pitching staffs. In seven games against the Hurricanes, Stidham has recorded a hit in every game, batting 13-for-30 (.433) with four doubles, a triple, and a home run. He also scored five runs and registered seven RBI.
IN ACC PLAY
Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 20 of its last 25 ACC series including 12 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. The following week led to the Seminoles first series sweep in 2009 as the Garnet and Gold took all three games from Maryland in College Park.
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UPDATE: Florida State vs. North Carolina Ticket Sales
General public single game tickets for the upcoming home baseball games versus 6th-ranked North Carolina (April 10-12th) and 20th-ranked Florida (April 14th) at Dick Howser Stadium are going fast. As of Wednesday April 1st, approximately 450 tickets remain for the Friday and Sunday games versus UNC and less than 200 remain for the Saturday game. There are less than 300 tickets remaining for the home game versus Florida on April 14th at 6pm. There is a student allotment being held for each of the contests as FSU students are admitted free by showing their FSU ID at the main gate located across from Doak Campbell Stadium. All remaining tickets are located in the general admission bleachers and are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Due to high demand for each of these games, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online at www.seminoles.com, by calling 64-GOFSU or in person at the FSU Ticket Office located in University Center C by Gate B at Doak Campbell Stadium, office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.