March 12, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Coming off a mid-week series sweep of High Point, Florida State (9-5, 1-2 ACC) hits the road for the first time in league play as the Seminoles head north to Charlottesville for a three-game set against undefeated Virginia (14-0, 3-0 ACC). The Seminoles won the season series a year ago taking 3-of-4 from the Cavaliers en route to sweeping the regular season series in Tallahassee. This will be Florida State’s first visit to Charlottesville since 2004.
FSU leads the all-time series 43-12 including a mark of 13-4 on the Hoos’ home turf. In a series dating back to 1972, the Seminoles have never lost a regular season series to Virginia, a span covering 16 series of two or three games – FSU is 15-0-1. Of the 55 games played between the two schools, 24 have been decided by three runs or less including 13 (FSU 8-5) by only one-run. The Seminoles are 16-8 in those games including a record of 8-4 in Charlottesville.
Last year, FSU swept the season-series in Tallahassee before the Cavaliers sought redemption in the ACC Tournament defeating the Seminoles 5-3 in pool play action. In game one of the 2008 regular season series, Florida State defeated Virginia 10-3 pounding out 17 hits en route to handing UVa starter Jacob Thompson his first loss of the season and first defeat since June 4, 2006. Thompson had gone 23 consecutive starts without earning a loss before falling to FSU in game one. After rain washed away Saturday’s action, both teams squared-off in a doubleheader on Sunday. The Seminoles registered a pair of walk-off, one-run, extra inning victories posting identical scores of 3-2 to sweep the series.
Florida State vs. Virginia Series Pitching Match-up
Friday, March 13, – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (3-0) vs. Virginia – LHP, Danny Hultzen (3-0)
Saturday, March 14, – 1:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Brian Busch (0-1) vs. Virginia – RHP, Andrew Carraway (3-0)
Sunday, March 15 – 1:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Mike McGee (1-1) vs. Virginia – RHP, Will Roberts (2-0)
SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS
Virginia joins Georgia has the only two remaining undefeated teams in Division I. The Cavaliers have been successful on both sides of the ball in the early going averaging over 11 runs per game while holding the opposition to under three runs per game in 2009. In the last six games, UVa has piled up 20 or more hits four times. During that six game span, Virginia has scored an eye-popping 91 runs while hitting above .450 as a team. Overall, the Cavaliers lead the ACC with a team batting average of .402 with 212 hits. Virginia has also showed a little more power than in years past slugging .605 on the year with 46 doubles, 15 home runs and eight triples. Leading the offensive charge is freshman Steven Proscia who has 10 doubles and 19 RBI in 14 starts. On the mound, the Cavaliers enter the weekend with a team ERA of 1.93. Virginia pitchers have given up just 27 earned runs in 126 innings of work. The three pitchers taking the mound this weekend all have an ERA below 3.00. Cavalier pitchers have posted 146 strikeouts to just 41 walks. UVa is undefeated at home in 2009 posting a perfect 11-0 record.
IN ACC PLAY
Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 18 of its last 22 ACC series including 11 sweeps. Of the four series that FSU has lost only one has come on the road and that came against North Carolina in 2008 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. 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’ 10-0 start in league play in 2008 marked the third time in school history that FSU started a season undefeated through the first 10 games. It was FSU’s best start in the conference since starting 13-0 back in 1999. In 1996, the Seminoles ran out to a 17-0 start.
DIVISIONAL CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Now in its fourth season of using a divisional breakdown in the ACC, Florida State has posted a record of 35-12 against teams in the Atlantic Division including a mark of 18-6 at home and 17-6 on the road. Against Coastal Division teams, the Seminoles are 30-15 overall, 16-8 at home and 14-7 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.
FIRST COLLEGIATE HIT…A HOME RUN
Recording that first hit in college is a pretty special moment, but just image recording a home run for your very first hit. Surprisingly, it has happened quite often at Florida State. In fact, it has happened twice in 2009 and both times the end result as been a grand slam. The first came off the bat of red shirt sophomore Rafael Lopez, who went over the fence in right center in the first game of a doubleheader against Hofstra. For Sherman Johnson that illustrious hit came in his fourth career at-bat. The freshman second baseman entered as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth against High Point and took the first pitch he saw over the fence in right. Parker Brunelle and Stephen Cardullo are the other two Seminoles on this year’s roster to perform such a feat. In 2008, Brunelle registered a game-ending two-run home run to right on opening day against Duquesne. Cardullo’s first hit came in 2007 as he connected on a three-run blast to left against North Florida.
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