April 10, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (26-6, 13-2) hits the road for the third time in the last four weekends as the Seminoles face Georgia Tech (21-13, 8-7) inside Russ Chandler Stadium for a three-game series beginning Friday, April 11.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 69-43 including a record of 25-16 in Atlanta. FSU has claimed four of the last five regular season series from the Jackets including two in a row. Florida State has won seven of the last nine games played on Georgia Tech’s home turf.
In FSU’s last visit to Russ Chandler Stadium in 2012, the Seminoles swept the three game series from the Jackets outscoring GT 22-12 including a 10-inning victory in the series opener. The Seminoles’ victory in the series finale in 2012 gave head coach Mike Martin career win No. 1,700.
Atlanta has been hit or miss for the Seminoles in their last five trips dating back to 2003. FSU claimed series victories in 2003 (taking 2 of 3), 2007 (sweep) and 2012 (sweep), while Georgia Tech swept the series in 2005 and took 2-of-3 in 2009.
Last year, the two schools met four times with both teams winning twice. FSU took 2-of-3 from the Jackets in Tallahassee, but Georgia Tech evened the season series with a 4-3 victory at the ACC Tournament in Durham.
In game one, Buck Farmer and Josh Heddinger combined for a three-hit shutout striking out nine in a 10-0 Yellow Jacket victory. FSU bounced back to take games two and three highlighted by DJ Stewart who drove in a career-high six runs in an 11-3 victory in game two. In the rubber game, Florida State erased a four-run deficit scoring two runs in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to post an 8-6 victory. Stewart’s single in the eighth inning broke a 6-6 tie.
In the opening game of the ACC Tournament in Durham, the Yellow Jackets hit back-to-back solo home runs with two outs by AJ Murray and Mott Hyde in the top of the ninth off Robby Coles to claim the 4-3 victory.
Since 2007, FSU is 13-6 against Georgia Tech. Prior to the Noles’ three-game sweep in Atlanta in 2007, Georgia Tech dominated the series over a four-year stretch with 14 wins in 18 meetings (2003-2006).
This weekend marks the first Coastal Division team FSU will face this year. The first five league series have all come within the Atlantic Division (13-2).
Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday’s (1:00 p.m.) game will air live on CSS and ESPN3, while Saturday’s (2:00 p.m.) game will be broadcast on the Regional Sports Network (in Florida it will air on Fox Sports Florida). Audio for all three games will be available on the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally fans can listen to the game on 1270 AM (Friday) and 100.7 FM (Saturday & Sunday). As always, fans can receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball. Also, do not forget to like the Seminole Baseball team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball and to follow the team on Instagram (NoleBaseball). Live stats will be available via gametracker.