May 9, 2008 - by
Four-Game Set Against Savannah State Starts Friday Night

May 9, 2008

FSU Baseball Release No. 20 in PDF Format

Tallahassee, Fla. – Third-ranked Florida State wraps up its non-conference schedule with a four-game set against the Savannah State Tigers beginning Friday, May 9. This weekend marks just the second series meeting between the two schools as the Seminoles lead the all-time series 2-1. The Tigers won the last game played in the series defeating the Seminoles 10-2 in Tallahassee. FSU took the first two games in 2006 outscoring Savannah State 20-2 including a shut out in game one.

Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Friday, May 9, 6:00 pm
Florida State – LHP, Matt Fairel (8-1) vs. Savannah State – RHP, Michael Allegretti (7-3)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 1270 the Team: Listen Live
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!

Saturday, May 10, 6:00 pm
Florida State – RHP, Elih Villanueva (5-2) vs. Savannah State – LHP, Robert Ramsdale (5-4)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
TV: Sun Sports – Satellite service: DIRECTV channel 635 and DISH Network channel 446 in all areas.
** NOTE: Sun Sports added game 4 of the NBA Playoffs featuring Detroit and Orlando to their schedule this Saturday. The NBA game will only be seen in the Orlando Inner Market. The Savannah State @ Florida State baseball game will be seen in all other parts of the state. We will replay the baseball game statewide at 10:00 pm.

Sunday, May 11, 1:00 pm
Florida State – RHP, Geoff Parker (5-1) vs. Savannah State – RHP, Jarrel Arnold (2-5)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!

Monday, May 12, 4:00 pm
Florida State – RHP, Bo O’Dell (4-1) vs. Savannah State – RHP, Matthew Oglesby (1-3)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 1270 the Team: Listen Live
TV: Sun Sports

Against The Tigers
The top three leading hitters from the 2006 Seminole squad that went 2-1 against Savannah State will be back in the line-up for the four-game set. The trio of hitters including Buster Posey, Jack Rye and Dennis Guinn started all three games and combined to hit .516 (16-for-31) with four doubles, five RBIs and 11 runs scored. As a team, the Seminoles hit .289 with 28 hits and 22 runs scored. Posey finished the series 7-for-10 (.700) with a double three RBIs and four runs scored. Rye went 4-for-9 (.444) with a double, an RBI and four runs scored, while Guinn hit .417 (5-for-12) with two doubles, an RBI and three runs. Tommy Oravetz played in all three games and had two starts going 1-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs. He led all players with five walks.

On the defensive end, Florida State posted a 1.67 ERA giving up just five earned runs in 27 innings of work. Ten Seminole pitchers limited the Tigers to a team batting average of .177 allowing just four extra base hits (all doubles). Jimmy Marshall is the only pitcher on the current staff to have faced Savannah State. The right hander got the start in game three and suffered the loss working three innings allowing three runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out two. Marshall did earn the only pickoff in the series.

The Seminoles In Non-Conference Action
Savannah State is the last non-conference opponent remaining on the 2008 regular season docket. FSU is 18-3 in non-conference action including a perfect 3-0 versus schools from the Atlantic 10 Conference, 2-0 against the Big South, 6-1 against the Atlantic Sun and 7-2 versus teams from the SEC. The Tigers mark the first Independent school the Seminoles have faced since the two teams squared-off back in 2006.

Tiger Success
When it comes to Seminoles versus Tigers in 2008, give the edge to the Seminoles. Savannah State marks the third school with the nickname Tigers to face Florida State this year. FSU is 7-0 against `Tiger’ schools posting a four-game sweep over the Auburn Tigers earlier in the year and a more recent three-game sweep of the Clemson Tigers in South Carolina. Although FSU has outscored Tiger teams 53-28, five of the seven games have been decided by two runs or less.

Hitter In The Rye
After returning to the Seminole starting line-up after missing the first five games due to a broken right thumb suffered during the first practice of the 2008 baseball season, Jack Rye looked good in his first game back going 2-for-3 against Auburn. But the senior right fielder cooled off over the next 11 games collecting just two multi-hit games en route to hitting .233. He had just seven RBIs, one double and no home runs during that span. On March 21 in Blackburg, things started to change for Rye has he tied a career-high with four hits in the first of a three-game set. Since that game, Rye is hitting .473 (53-for-112) with 18 multiple hit games including seven games with three or more hits. He has registered 28 RBIs with nine doubles, four home runs and 27 base-on-balls.

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.

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