April 30, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With final exams completed and another semester in the books, Florida State (30-12, 15-7 ACC) returns to the baseball diamond on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium this weekend as the Seminoles continue its current 10-game home stand hosting the Virginia Tech Hokies (27-17, 10-13 ACC) for a three-game conference series.
The Seminoles have won seven straight and 22 of the last 23 games against the Hokies, while FSU leads the all-time series 31-5 including a mark of 21-4 inside the friendly confines of Dick Howser Stadium. Since Virginia Tech joined the ACC in 2005, FSU is 11-1 against VT including a perfect 6-0 on their home turf outscoring the Hokies 45-13. The last win for Virginia Tech in the series came on March 18, 2006 in Blacksburg as the Hokies defeated the Seminoles 9-7. April 21, 1989 (7-5) marks the last time Virginia Tech defeated Florida State in Tallahassee. The overall winning percentage of .861 for the Seminoles against the Hokies is the second highest among ACC opponents trailing only Maryland (.950).
Florida State vs. Virginia Tech Weekend Pitching Match-up
Friday, May 1 – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Brian Busch (3-2) vs. Virginia Tech – RHP, Rhett Ballard (6-3)
Promotions: Set 2 of 3 Team Trading Cards on Friday to first 1,000 fans featuring the Seminole sophomores.
Saturday, May 2 – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Geoff Parker (4-1) vs. Virginia Tech – LHP, Justin Wright (5-1)
Sunday, May 3 – 1:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Mike McGee (4-2) vs. Virginia Tech – TBA
Promotions: Post-game autograph session with Friday night’s trading card set 2 will take place Sunday after the game while kids can take a lap around the bases following the game.
SCOUTING THE HOKIES
The Hokies enter the weekend series having won straight and three of their last four. Virginia Tech currently sits with a record of 27-17 and a mark of 13-7 away from home. The Hokies are 10-13 in the ACC and in ninth place in the overall league standings. Offensively, Virginia Tech is hitting .316 as a team good for fourth in the ACC, while posting a club ERA of 5.09. Steve Domecus not only leads the team in hitting with a .408 average, but he also leads the ACC in that category. Steve Bumbry leads with nine home runs while Anthony Sosnoskie has driven in a team-high 41 runs. On the mound, Rhett Ballard and Justin Wright will start on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Wright is 5-1 on the year with an ERA of 3.27, while Ballard leads the team in wins with six.
IN ACC PLAY
Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 23 of its last 29 ACC series including 14 sweeps. FSU has won its last three conference series (vs. Wake Forest, at NC State, vs. North Carolina) in 2009 while claiming three conference series sweeps (vs. WF, at NCSU, at MD). 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. FSU has swept the last two series claiming victories over NC State and Wake Forest.
DIVISIONAL CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Now in its fourth season of using a divisional breakdown in the ACC, Florida State has posted a record of 46-13 against teams in the Atlantic Division including a mark of 23-7 at home and 23-6 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.
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