March 22, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fourth-ranked Florida State (19-2, 6-0 ACC) returns to the state of North Carolina for the second time this month as the Seminoles square-off against ACC Atlantic Division foe Wake Forest (16-7, 3-3 ACC) in a three-game series beginning Friday, March 23 in Winston-Salem.
FSU is coming off a stretch of playing five games in five days in which the Seminoles went 5-0 outscoring the opposition 49-20 en route to posting sweeps over Virginia and Stetson. The Garnet and Gold will head north on Thursday before playing four games, all on the road, over the next five days – three at Wake Forest and one in Jacksonville against No. 1 Florida on Tuesday.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 77-20 and have held the upper hand in Winston-Salem winning 23 of 29 games all-time. FSU has won four in a row and nine of the last 11 at Wake Forest.
In 2010, the Seminoles outscored the Demon Deacons 32-21 en route to a series sweep. The last two games were decided by one-run including a crazy series finale which stands as the high scoring game in the series as the team schools combined for 33 runs in an FSU 17-16 victory.
The Seminoles have won seven of the 10 previous series played in Winston-Salem dating back to when FSU joined the ACC in 1992. The Deacs took two of three from the Noles on their home turf in 2000 and 2002.
FSU has dominated the series as of late winning 16 of the last 19 games dating back to 2006. Nine of those 19 contests have been decided by two runs or less (FSU 7-2) including six one-run ball games – all won by Florida State.
Last year in Tallahassee, the Seminoles were victorious in games one and three to secure their fifth straight series victory (the two schools split two games in 2006) over the Demon Deacons. FSU got wins from Sean Gilmartin and Gary Merians, while Justin Gonzalez led the Seminole offense hitting .455 in the series with five hits, a double and a home run and two RBI. Florida State hit .250 in the three games against Wake Forest last year, while the staff ERA came in at 3.33.
All three games this weekend will air live over the internet on WakeForestSports.com. Fans can listen to the games locally on 1270 AM (Friday) and 100.7 FM (Saturday and Sunday) and online at Seminoles.com. Live stats will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.