April 24, 2008 - by
FSU Heads To North Carolina To Face Second Straight Top 3 Opponent

April 24, 2008

FSU Baseball Release No. 16 in PDF Format

Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (34-5, 18-3 ACC) travels to No. 3 North Carolina (36-7, 16-4 ACC) this weekend as the two schools square-off ranked in the top 3 for the second year in a row and for the third time in the last 10 years. Last year, the top ranked Seminoles took 2-of-3 from the second-ranked Tar Heels in Tallahassee, while in 1999 No. 1 FSU swept all three games from No. 3 UNC in Dick Howser Stadium outscoring the Tar Heels 26-14.

Florida State leads the overall series 56-22 while the two teams have split the 24 games played in North Carolina. Due to renovations at Boshamer Stadium in 2008, the Tar Heels are playing their home games at the brand-new USA Baseball National Training Center Stadium located at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C. UNC is 19-5 at home this season. The Seminoles have won 12 of the last 20 games in the series but the Tar Heels have been dominate on their home turf taking the last three series and seven of the last nine games played against the Garnet and Gold. During that 20-game span, the contests have been so close that 16 games have been decided by four runs or less. Ten of those games have been by one-run with FSU maintaining an 8-2 record.

Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Friday, April 25, 7:00 pm
Florida State – LHP, Matt Fairel (8-1) vs. North Carolina, RHP, Alex White (7-2)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!

Saturday, April 26, 6:00 pm
Florida State – RHP, Geoff Parker (3-1) vs. North Carolina, RHP, Adam Warren (6-0)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
XM Radio – Channel 190
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!

Sunday, April 27, 1:00 pm
Florida State – RHP, Elih Villanueva (4-1) vs. North Carolina, RHP, Matt Harvey (6-2)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!

Against The Tar Heels
Senior Jack Rye is batting .282 (11-for-39) in 11 career games against North Carolina. He has tallied three doubles, a triple and a home run to go along with five RBIs and four runs scored. Junior Buster Posey carries a .259 average into this weekend’s series making all seven starts over the last two years. Senior Dennis Guinn has played in just three games, all coming in 2006, in his three previous seasons against the Tar Heels. He registered a double, a home runs and four RBIs in the three-game set in Chapel Hill. Jason Stidham went 3-for-9 last year with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.

On the pitching front, Jimmy Marshall has seen the most action making two career appearances, one in each of his first two seasons. He has thrown 2.2 scoreless innings and has not allowed a hit while posting three strikeouts. Ryan Strauss started and suffered the loss last year allowing five runs on 10 hits in 3.2 innings. Bo O’Dell and Matt Fairel also saw action a year ago. O’Dell went two innings giving up a pair of runs on four hits, while Fairel made two appearances and pitched just 0.2 innings giving up two runs on a hit.

When comparing both the hitting and pitching stats of the two schools over the last three seasons, the two teams couldn’t be any closer. In the last 11 games, North Carolina is hitting .278 compared to Florida State’s .277 batting average. On the mound, both teams have posted identical 4.21 ERAs.

Nation’s Best Collide This Weekend
This weekend’s three-game series will not only feature No. 2 vs. No. 3 but it will also pit the second best hitting team in the nation against the nation’s best pitching staff. FSU ranks in the top 10 in eight offensive categories including second with a .352 batting average. UNC boasts the best ERA (2.15) in the nation while also leading in strikeouts per nine innings (10.3) and hits allowed per nine innings (7.41). The Tar Heels are also fielding .974 on the year – good for 13th nationally.

In ACC Play
Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 16 of its last 18 ACC series including 10 sweeps. The only two series the Seminoles have lost during this span have both come at home. The first came against Clemson last year as the Tigers took 2-of-3 from FSU in Tallahassee. The second came just last week at the hands of top ranked Miami as the Hurricanes won 2-of-3 inside Dick Howser Stadium. Already in 2008, Florida State has swept Maryland, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Boston College and took 2-of-3 from Wake Forest to start the season 17-1 in the conference. FSU sits atop the Atlantic Division and currently has a 5.5 game lead over second place NC State. 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 divisional breakdown in the ACC, Florida State has posted a record of 29-13 against teams in the Coastal Division including a mark of 13-5 on the road. FSU is 3-3 against UNC since the conference adopted the two division format and 1-2 against the Heels on the road. The Seminoles are 29-9 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).

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.

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