April 24, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (27-12, 12-7 ACC) continues its current 10-game home stand this weekend welcoming Wake Forest (20-20, 6-15 ACC) to Tallahassee for a three-game conference.
The Seminoles have won two straight in the series and 24 of the last 29 games. FSU leads the all-time series 69-19, while holding a 36-8 lead on the Demon Deacons inside Dick Howser Stadium. Last season, FSU took 2-of-3 from Wake Forest in Winston-Salem during the regular season. For the second straight year, FSU and Wake Forest met up in the first round of the ACC Tournament as the Seminoles prevailed 8-3. Two of the four games last year were by two runs or less. In game one last year, the Seminoles outscored the Deacs 21-2. The 69 victories are the second most against an ACC opponent trailing only the University of Miami (131).
Florida State vs. Wake Forest Weekend Pitching Match-up
Friday, April 24 – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (7-1) vs. Wake Forest – LHP, Garrett Bullock (1-1)
Saturday, April 25 – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Brian Busch (2-2) vs. Wake Forest – RHP, Phil Negus (2-3)
Pre-game ceremony: FSU will honor members of the 1965, 1966 and 1967 Seminole Baseball teams before the game.
Sunday, April 26 – 1:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP, Mike McGee (3-2) vs. Wake Forest – TBA
Promotions: Set 1 of 3 Team Trading Cards on Friday to first 1,000 fans and there will be an autograph session with the players following the game.
SCOUTING THE DEMON DEACONS
The Demon Deacons enter the weekend series having lost five straight and eight of their last 10. Wake Forest currently sits with a record of 20-20 and a mark of 8-8 away from home. Offensively, Wake is hitting .288 as a team, while posting a club ERA of 6.24. Weldon Woodall is the leading hitter for the Demon Deacons posting a .366 average with 52 hits in 40 games. Woodall also leads the team in doubles (11) and RBI (36). Carlos Lopez is top home run hitter with 10 on the year. On the mound, Garrett Bullock and Phil Negus with start on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Bullock pitched well against the Seminoles last year throwing six shutout innings in earning his third win of the season. The left hander gave up six hits as he walked five and struck out five on 114 pitches. Austin Stadler leads the team, among starters, in ERA (3.17), while tied for the team lead in wins with four.
IN ACC PLAY
Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 22 of its last 28 ACC series including 13 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. FSU used two walk-off victories in the ninth in games 1 and 3 to take 2-of-3 from North Carolina. One week later, the Seminoles swept NC State in Raleigh outscoring the Wolfpack 26-7.
DIVISIONAL CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Now in its fourth season of using a divisional breakdown in the ACC, Florida State has posted a record of 43-13 against teams in the Atlantic Division including a mark of 20-7 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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UPDATE: Verizon Wireless and Florida State University invite fans to help strike out domestic violence, by participating in a wireless phone drive on Sunday, April 26th against Wake Forest. 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