April 21, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the fourth straight season, Florida State (25-12) welcomes UNC Asheville (7-31) to Tallahassee, this year for a two-game mid-week set. FSU leads the all-time series 19-1 as the Seminoles have won 10 straight over the Bulldogs.
Last year, the Seminoles reached double-digit hits and runs in both games as FSU outscored UNC Asheville 21-9. FSU has registered three shutouts in the series including a 10-0 victory in the first of a three-game set in 2006. In 20 prior meetings, the Seminoles have held the Bulldogs to three runs or less 14 times, while reaching double-digit runs in five straight games. Dating back to the first game of the series played on March 15, 1994, every game in the series has been played in Tallahassee. UNC Asheville’s lone win in the series came in 2004 as the Bulldogs defeated FSU 2-1 in the first game of a three-game set.
In 2008, the Seminoles hit .365 against UNCA while Florida State pitching held Bulldog hitters to a .258 average at the plate. Tyler Holt led the offense hitting .600 (3-for-5) with five walks in two starts. Mike McGee had four hits including a pair of doubles, while both Holt and McGee each scored two runs a piece. Stuart Tapley hit .500 with three runs scored. Ohmed Danesh had a home run and three RBI. The Seminole pitching staff posted a team ERA of 4.00 allowing nine runs, eight earned, in 18 innings of work. Bo O’Dell and Tyler Everett got the starting nod a season ago. In game two, the Seminoles erased a five-run deficit scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the eighth to remain undefeated on the year.
Florida State vs. UNC Asheville Mid-Week Pitching Match-up
Tuesday, April 21, – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Hunter Scantling (1-0) vs. UNC Asheville – RHP, Michael Bogaert (1-5)
Wednesday, April 22 – 4:00 p.m.- TV: Sun Sports
Florida State – RHP, Austin Wood (0-0) vs. UNC Asheville – RHP, Grier Harrington (0-1)
TV UPDATE: Wednesday’s TV game will air live for viewers who have cable service (not satellite) on Sun Sports in Tallahassee only. The rest of Florida will see it on Sun Sports on same day tape delay at 12 midnight. For viewers with satellite service (all areas), the game can be seen in its entirety on DISH Network Channel 452 and DIRECTV Channel 655, instead of Sun Sports’ usual channel locations on those satellite providers. The scheduling conflict is due to the NBA Playoffs.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs enter the mid-week series having lost four in a row and five of their last six. UNC Asheville currently sits with a record of 7-31 and a mark of 3-20 away from home. Offensively, Asheville is hitting .259 as a team, while posting a club ERA of 8.14. Catlin Carter is the top hitting starter for the Bulldogs posting a .338 average with 47 hits in 33 starts. Justin Schumer and Reed Kreiser lead the team in home runs with five, while Schumer is their top RBI leader with 27. On the mound, Michael Bogaert will get the start on Tuesday as the senior right hander is 1-5 with a 9.26 ERA. Grier Harrington is the questionable starter for Wednesday as the sophomore right hander is 0-1 with a 5.05 ERA in 15 appearances including two starts. UNC Asheville has faced three common opponents and is 1-4 against those teams (Virginia Tech, Clemson and High Point).
THE SEMINOLES IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
With seven games remaining vs. non-conference foes, Florida State has posted a record of 13-5 against teams outside the ACC. This week’s mid-week series marks the second and final team from the Big South Conference that will visit Tallahassee during the regular season. Earlier this year, FSU swept High Point in a two-game mid-week series. Florida State has posted an all-time record of 69-2 against current teams from the Big South as the Seminoles have posted undefeated records against Charleston Southern (17-0), VMI (14-0), Coastal Carolina (11-0), High Point (2-0) and Liberty (2-0). FSU has never faced Gardner-Webb, Radford and Presbyterian. The other two schools the Seminoles have faced are UNC Asheville (19-1) and Winthrop (4-1). The Bulldogs are the last team from the Big South Conference to defeat the Seminoles (2004).
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