April 16, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (22-12, 9-7 ACC) heads north to face NC State (19-18, 7-11 ACC) for a three-game conference series in the Seminoles only trip to the Carolinas during the regular season this year.
FSU leads the all-time series 47-22 including a record of 13-9 on the Wolfpack’s home turf. The Seminoles have captured three straight conference regular season series from the Pack, while taking 2-of-3 from NC State in Tallahassee last year. The last series victory for the Wolfpack came in 2005 as NC State won the final two games of a three game set at home. The two schools have split the last eight series played in Raleigh, while FSU owns a mark of 6-4 in the last 10 games.
Last year, FSU captured the season series taking 2-of-3 from NC State in Tallahassee. The Seminoles were held to a season-low three hits in game one falling 12-2 marking the first double-digit run loss for FSU in 2008. Game two featured a classic pitcher’s dual as the Seminoles downed the Wolfpack 1-0 as three FSU pitchers combined to blank NC State for the fifth time in the series and for the first time since 1998. The rubber game belonged to Florida State as the Garnet and Gold scored seven runs in the first two innings and got a solid pitching performance from senior Ryan Strauss to win its eighth conference series of the season.
Florida State vs. NC State Weekend Pitching Match-up
Friday, April 17 – 6:30 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (6-1) vs. NC State – LHP, Jimmy Gillheeney (5-1)
Saturday, April 18 – 6:30 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Brian Busch (1-2) vs. NC State – LHP, John Lambert (1-1)
Sunday, April 19 – 1:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Mike McGee (2-2) vs. NC State – TBA
SCOUTING THE WOLFPACK
The Wolfpack enter the weekend series having lost six of their last 10 games. NC State currently sits with a record of 19-18 and 7-11 in the ACC good for fourth place in the Atlantic Division. The Wolfpack are 12-9 inside Doak Field this year. Offensively, NC State is hitting .273 as a team, while posting a club ERA of 4.87. Devon Cartwright is the top hitting starter for the Wolfpack posting a .294 average with 30 hits in 26 starts. Pratt Maynard and Drew Poulk lead the team in home runs with five, while Maynard is their top RBI leader with 30. On the mound, Jimmy Gillheeney leads the way with a 5-1 record and 3.27 ERA. The southpaw has struck out 49 batters in 55 innings of work.
IN ACC PLAY
Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 21 of its last 27 ACC series including 12 sweeps. Of the six series that FSU has lost, three have come on the road against North Carolina in 2008 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., and this year at Virginia and Miami. 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. FSU used two walk-off victories in the ninth in games 1 and 3 to take 2-of-3 from North Carolina.
DIVISIONAL CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Now in its fourth season of using a divisional breakdown in the ACC, Florida State has posted a record of 40-13 against teams in the Atlantic Division including a mark of 20-7 at home and 20-6 on the road. Against Coastal Division teams, the Seminoles are 33-19 overall, 18-9 at home and 15-10 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.
IN OPENING ACC PLAY
Florida State had never lost an opening series in the ACC, a string of 17 consecutive series victories, until this year when the Seminoles dropped two of three from Boston College. BC outscored FSU 27-15 in the series as the Seminoles hit .277 as a team while posting a team ERA over eight. Since joining the ACC back in 1992, Florida State has posted an all-time record of 44-7 on opening weekend in league play. Before this past weekend, the last time the Garnet and Gold lost a game in an opening series was on March 15, 2002 at Virginia. It was the first time FSU had opened ACC play against Boston College. The Seminoles have faced Virginia and Maryland the most in opening the ACC season playing each team five times.
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UPDATE: Florida State University and Seminole Baseball are proud to introduce “Space Night” on Tuesday, April 21st for the game against University of North Carolina – Asheville.The Year 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy and it is only fitting FSU hosts an event that will be both educational and fun for all ages. We have joined forces with the Tallahassee Astronomical Society, the FSU Planetarium and FSU-Teach to bring this event to life for Seminole Baseball fans. Space Night will have something to offer everyone with activities including a movie showing at FSU’s own planetarium, the baseball game and a night sky viewing following the game.
The night will start out with a 5 pm movie at the FSU Planetarium. They will be opening their doors for all of Tallahassee to enjoy a FREE showing of “Sky Quest”, a movie about the ins and outs of being an astronomer, most suitable for children 7-13 years of age. The FSU Planetarium is located in room 108 of the Richards Building (UPL) on the west end of FSU’s campus. Once the movie is complete we encourage everyone to come support Seminole Baseball as they host the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs at 6 pm at Dick Howser Stadium. It’s $2 Tuesdays at the game as admission is only $2 for fans and as always FSU students are admitted FREE.
Immediately following the game will we host a viewing on Mike Martin Field of the night sky through telescopes provided by the Tallahassee Astronomical Society members. We also encourage fans to bring their own telescopes. The Lynds Meteor Shower is predicted to take place the night of the 21st so we are hoping for a fantastic show. When the lights are turned off we will be able to start the viewing. All are welcome to join us on the field. We look forward to seeing everyone come out for Space Night 2009 at Dick Howser Stadium! For any questions please call (850) 645-4851. For a campus map please visit http://www.fsu.edu/Campus/newmap/
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