April 10, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State returns home for the first time since March 25 to face North Carolina in a three-game conference series on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. FSU leads the all-time series 58-25, while maintaining a mark of 35-8 against the Tar Heels in Tallahassee.
The Seminoles have won five of their last six games over UNC on their home turf and have never lost a season series at home to the Tar Heels. Since 2003, the competition has been fierce between the two schools as 18 of the 23 games during that span have been decided by four runs or less including 11 games decided by one run. FSU is 8-3 in those one-run contests. The two teams each won two games last year as the Tar Heels took 2-of-3 from the Seminoles in North Carolina, while FSU defeated UNC 9-6 at the ACC Tournament in Jacksonville.
Florida State vs. North Carolina Weekend Pitching Match-up
Friday, April 10, – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (6-1) vs. North Carolina – RHP, Alex White (5-0)
Saturday, April 11 – 4:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Brian Busch (1-1) vs. North Carolina – RHP, Adam Warren (3-2)
Sunday, April 12 – 1:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Mike McGee (2-2) vs. North Carolina – RHP, Matt Harvey (4-1)
SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS
North Carolina enters the weekend winners of three straight and seven of their last eight. The Tar Heels sit at 26-7 overall and 9-5 in the ACC which is good for third place in the Coastal Division. Dustin Ackley leads the Tar Heel offense as the junior first baseman is hitting .413 in 33 games this year. He also leads the team in runs (40), hits (52), total bases (93) and slugging percentage (.738), while tying Levi Michael for the team lead in home runs with 10. Kyle Seager continues to be a doubles machine as he leads the team with 16, a year after leading the ACC with 30. On the mound, the three right handers scheduled to start for UNC this weekend are a combined 12-3 with a 4.41 ERA. Alex White, who will get the nod on Friday night, is a perfect 5-0 in seven starts with as he has posted 53 strikeouts in 45.2 innings of work in 2009.
In the three game series at North Carolina in 2008, Florida State held the lead in 22 of the 28 innings while never trailing in the first six innings of any game. However, closing out the games proved to be difficult as the Seminoles came away with only one victory. In game one, Florida State took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but fell victim to an 11-run inning as the Tar Heels went on to the 11-4 victory. Game two belonged to FSU as the Seminoles dominated from beginning to end en route to a 13-5 victory. Game three went into extra innings tied 1-1, but it was a bases loaded walk generated by UNC in the bottom of the 10th that provided the winning-run for the Tar Heels. When the two teams met again at the ACC Tournament, the roles were reversed as North Carolina had never trailed in the game and took a 5-3 lead into the top of the ninth inning. Florida State went on to score six runs on six hits, including five consecutive singles, en route to a 9-6 win.
IN ACC PLAY
Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 20 of its last 26 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.
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 31-18 overall, 16-8 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.
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UPDATE: Verizon Wireless and Florida State University invite fans to help strike out domestic violence, by participating in wireless phone drives during the April 15th (North Florida) and April 26th (Wake Forest) baseball games. The first 50 fans to contribute at each game will receive two free general admission tickets for a future FSU baseball game, courtesy of Verizon Wireless.
The organizations will be collecting no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories – from any wireless service provider and in any condition – which will then be recycled to fund grants for domestic violence agencies, or refurbished and donated to local shelters.
For information on the FSU HopeLine Collection see the link below