March 27, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fourth-ranked Florida State (21-3) looks to avenge its early season loss in Gainesville to top-ranked Florida (22-2) as the Seminoles and Gators square-off at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
The Seminoles have won four straight over the Gators in Jacksonville and are a perfect 7-0 in their last seven neutral site meetings including 4-0 in Jacksonville (2008-2011), 2-0 in Tampa (2010-2011) and 1-0 in Omaha (2010). Two of the last three games in Jacksonville have been decided by three runs or less, while the last three neutral site meetings have all been decided by three runs or less.
The last victory for the Gators in Jacksonville came in their first meeting against the Seminoles at the Baseball Grounds on April 3 of 2007 as UF rolled to a 16-7 win.
Both schools are coming off a series victory on the road in their respective conferences as Florida State took two of three from Wake Forest, while Florida took two of three from South Carolina.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series against Florida at 123-98-1, while FSU has held the upper hand in neutral site match-ups at 9-7 all-time. Tuesday marks the 223rd meeting between Florida State and Florida as the Noles are 27-17 over the last 44 games.
The series has been closely contested since 2008 as 10 of the 17 games during that span have been decided by three runs or less. FSU owns a record of 7-3 in those 10 games.
Last year, Florida State took 3 of 4 from Florida, while the Noles split the two games in which the Gators were ranked No. 1.
FSU will send Scott Sitz (1-1) to the mound as the junior right hander makes his third start of the season and second career start against the Gators. Florida will start right hander Greg Larson (3-0) who has posted a 1.00 ERA allowing just two earned runs in 18.0 innings of work this year. Larson will be making his first start of the season on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s game will also air live on Sun Sports. Fans can listen to the game locally on 1270 AM and online at Seminoles.com. Live stats will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.