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Florida State vs. North Florida Game Preview

April 7, 2009

Game Notes – Week 8 vs. North Florida in PDF Format

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (18-10) heads east on I-10 for the third and final time this regular season as the Seminoles will face North Florida (14-19) Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville. This marks the first time these two teams will meet away from Tallahassee. FSU leads the all-time series 4-1 as all five games have been played on Mike Martin Field. The Seminoles have outscored the Ospreys 50-18 in the previous five games.

Florida State will look to avenge an early season loss to North Florida, a game in which UNF won 5-4 back on March 4 in Tallahassee, marking the first win in the series for the Ospreys. An eighth inning home run by North Florida’s Steve Hillian was the difference in win for UNF. Despite giving up just five hits on the evening, the Seminoles struggled defensively committing four errors. Florida State trailed by as many as three-runs before staging a comeback to tie the game at four in the bottom of the seventh. In the eighth, the Ospreys regained the lead on the solo shot to left by Hillian. The home run was the freshman’s first collegiate hit in his first collegiate start.

Florida State vs. North Florida Pitching Match-up
Wednesday, April 8, – 7:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Bo O’Dell (2-1) vs. North Florida – LHP, Robbie Collier (0-2)


North Florida enters the mid-week contest with 14-18 record and winners of five of its last seven games. The Ospreys are 8-7 in the Atlantic Sun Conference good for sixth place in the league standings. UNF will face UCF on Tuesday in Jacksonville before hosting the Seminoles on Wednesday at the Baseball Grounds. Brian Wilson leads the North Florida offensive attack hitting .383 with nine doubles and 12 RBI in 30 games. As a team, the Ospreys are hitting .306 with 347 hits including 62 doubles and 34 home runs. Defensively, UNF has made 62 errors this year while posting a team ERA of 5.37. The pitching staff has posted 237 strikeouts to just 111 walks. The Seminoles are scheduled to face left hander Robbie Collier on Wednesday. Collier is 0-2 with a 5.93 ERA in five appearances including three starts. Opponents are hitting .352 off the sophomore southpaw in 2009.

Since 2005, Florida State is 10-8 in games played at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville, Fla. Wednesday’s game marks the first opponent other than a team from the ACC and the University of Florida that FSU will play at the Baseball Grounds. FSU is 2-1 against Florida and 8-7 in the ACC Tournament from 2005 to 2008 in games played at the downtown stadium.

With 10 games remaining vs. non-conference foes, Florida State has posted a record of 11-4 against teams outside the ACC including a record of 2-2 against schools from the Atlantic Sun Conference. Following Wednesday’s game against North Florida at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville, the Seminoles still have one game remaining with UNF and one more against Jacksonville, with both games being played in Tallahassee. Since 2005, Florida State has posted a record of 120-27 against non-league opponents including a mark of 26-4 against schools from the A-Sun.

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF

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