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Florida State Welcomes Virginia To Town For First Time Since 2005

April 4, 2008

FSU Baseball Release No. 12 in PDF Format

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State faces Virginia for a three-game set at Dick Howser Stadium in the first regular season meeting between the two schools since the league expanded to 12 teams back in 2006. FSU leads the all-time series 40-11 including a mark of 21-4 in Tallahassee. Florida State has won 12 of the last 13 games against the Hoos played on their home turf.

In a series dating back to 1972, the Seminoles have never lost a regular season series from Virginia a span covering 15 series of two or three games – FSU is 14-0-1. The two teams last squared-off in the 2006 ACC Tournament with each team winning a game. Following a 6-2 loss to Virginia in the first round of the conference tournament, the Seminoles fought back to win three straight games including a 11-0 win over the Cavaliers in an elimination game to advance into the tournament semifinals.

This weekend will feature the nation’s top hitting team vs. a pitching staff that ranks in the top 10. Florida State leads the nation in hitting with a .357 average while Virginia entered the week fourth in the nation in staff ERA (2.83) but saw its ERA fall to 3.08 after splitting a two-game mid-week series from Towson. The Cavaliers are not afraid to put the wheels in motion once on the base path with 71 steals in 88 attempts to lead the ACC in 2008. On the opposite end, Florida State has thrown out 43.6% of potential base stealers on the year.

Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Friday, April 4, 7:00 pm
Virginia – RHP, Jacob Thompson (4-0) vs. Florida State – LHP, Matt Fairel (6-0)
Live Stats – Gametracker: Gametracker
Radio – 1270 the Team: Listen Live
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!

Saturday, April 5, 7:00 pm
Virginia – LHP, Pat McAnaney (3-1) vs. Florida State – RHP, Geoff Parker (2-1)
Live Stats – Gametracker: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!

Sunday, April 6, 1:00 pm
Virginia – RHP, Andrew Carraway (2-2) vs. Florida State – RHP, Elih Villanueva (3-0)
Live Stats – Gametracker: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live

Against The Cavaliers
Senior Jack Rye is the only Seminole to play in all five games against the Cavaliers in 2005 and 2006. Rye is a career .375 hitter vs. Virginia going 6-for-16 with five runs scored, a home run, a double and three RBIs. During his freshman campaign at the 2006 ACC Tournament, Buster Posey went 3-for-7 with a run and four RBIs. Ryan Strauss, Dennis Guinn and Tommy Oravetz are the only other Seminoles with at least one career at-bat against UVa.

Strauss in the lone pitcher on this year’s staff to work an inning against Virginia. The senior right hander threw an inning in relief back in 2005 as he shutout the Cavaliers allowing two hits and a walk.

In ACC Play
Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 14 of its last 15 ACC series including eight sweeps. The lone series the Seminoles lost during that span was to Clemson last year as the Tigers took 2-of-3 from FSU in Tallahassee. Already in 2008, Florida State has swept Maryland, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech and took 2-of-3 from Wake Forest to start the season 11-1 in the conference. FSU sits atop the Atlantic Division and currently has a 5.0 game lead over second place Clemson. The Seminoles 10-0 start 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 third season of using a division breakdown in the ACC, Florida State has posted a record of 25-11 against teams in the Coastal Division including a mark of 12-6 at home. FSU has not faced Virginia in the regular season since the conference adopted the two division format. The Seminoles are 26-9 against teams in the Atlantic Division. Last year, FSU claimed its first ACC Atlantic Division title en route to earning the No. 1 overall seed in the ACC Tournament. With a mark of 24-6 last year, the Seminoles set the school record for the most conference wins in a season surpassing the previous record of 22-2 set in 1999. The 24 victories also tied for the most wins recorded in ACC history (Clemson – 24 in 2006).

A Perfect 9-for-9 In Stolen Bases
Florida State set a season-high for stolen bases in a game Wednesday night against Jacksonville as the Seminoles were a perfect 9-for-9 in the stolen base category. Tyler Holt, Jason Stidham, Jack Rye and Luke Smierciak each swiped a pair of bases while Tony Delmonico had one. Holt broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh as he successfully stole home. The nine stolen bases were the most in one game since FSU registered eight against West Virginia back on March 6, 2004. Entering Wednesday’s contest against Jacksonville, Florida State had 18 steals in 33 attempts with a season-high of three against Duquesne. The school record for the most stolen bases in a game is 11 set three times – Virginia (1994), Richmond (1986) and Stetson (1957).

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.

Marketing Promotion for Friday Night

You’ve heard of the Sausage Races in Milwaukee and the Presidents Races in Washington D.C., well get ready for the “Howser Hustle featuring the Animals” starting Friday at Dick Howser Stadium. During the top of the 7th inning, Florida State will join the race with a new promotion which takes “The Animals” on a race around Howser. Fans will be able to vote for the animal they think will win the race at the marketing table. What animals you ask? Well, you will have to come out and see for yourself!

“It’s just another addition to the game day experience for fans at Dick Howser,” said Brent DiGiacomo, Assistant Director of Marketing. “We have been looking forward to this debut for awhile now!”

Tonight is also Cap Night at the ballpark as the first 4,000 fans will receive a FSU Baseball Cap courtesy of Verizon Wireless.

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