May 4, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (37-7) embarks on its second stretch of five games in five days beginning Saturday, May 5 when the Seminoles host Atlantic Division foe Maryland (29-20) for the first of a three game series.
The Seminoles and Terrapins will then play Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and Monday night at 7:00 p.m. as part of ACC Mondays on ESPNU.
FSU leads the all-time series against Maryland 62-4 including a mark of 31-2 inside the friendly confines of Dick Howser Stadium. Seminole head coach Mike Martin is 58-4 all-time against the Terps.
FSU had won 40 straight over Maryland before the Terps won the middle game of the series, 5-0 in College Park last year. The Seminoles have not lost to the Terrapins at home since March 26, 1998 (14-6), a streak of 20 consecutive wins for the Noles on their home turf.
Florida State has won all 20 series against Maryland since joining the ACC in 1992, while FSU’s .939 winning percentage over the Terps is the highest among ACC opponents.
Last year, FSU took 2-of-3 from Maryland in College Park winning games one and three, 6-0 and 12-3, respectively. Devon Travis and James Ramsey led the Seminoles with four hits apiece, while Mike McGee and Stuart Tapley each hit a home run. The Seminoles finished the weekend posting a perfect fielding percentage in 111 total chances. The Florida State pitching staff recorded a 2.77 ERA allowing just eight earned runs in 26.0 innings of work.
Maryland enters the weekend series having split the last 14 games, while posting just one win in its last seven ACC games.
Seminole freshman John Holland is the younger brother of Maryland senior infielder Ryan Holland. John is hitting .298 on the year in 28 games, compared to Ryan who is hitting .231 in 40 games for the Terps.
Florida State wraps up its five games in five days with a two-game mid-week series against Stetson on Tuesday and Wednesday in DeLand. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 47-21 and is 17-8 on Melching Field inside Conrad Park.
Florida State won the first two games of the regular season series back in March as the Seminoles outscored the Hatters 26-9.
Both teams split the season series a year ago with each school winning on their opponent’s home turf. Stetson defeated FSU in Tallahassee 6-4, while the Seminoles returned the favor by downing the Hatters in DeLand 13-1.
Florida State had a run of 12 straight wins over Stetson, the longest win streak for either team in the series, before the Hatters snapped the streak with a victory in Tallahassee in 2011. FSU has won three in a row in the series, six straight over Stetson in DeLand and 13 of the last 15 on the Hatters’ home turf.
This year marks the third time since 2005 that FSU and Stetson will square-off four times in the same year with two games being played on their home turf (2005 & 2008). Florida State is 8-0 over those two years combined outscoring Stetson 78-30
Since 2005, seven of the 13 games in the series have been decided by four runs or less with the Seminoles owning a record of 6-1 during that span.
In game one this year, FSU scored eight runs in the seventh to break open a one-run game. Seth Miller posted career-highs in hits and RBI, while hitting his second grand slam of the year in the win. Game two belonged to Luke Weaver, who went a career-high 7.0 innings allowing an unearned run on four hits while striking out four in a 9-1 win.
Freshman Brandon Leibrandt will take the mound on Saturday for FSU with fellow freshman Mike Compton making his 12th start of the season on Sunday. Luke Weaver enters the weekend rotation for the first time this year and will start Monday night against the Terps.
Saturday’s game will air live on the Regional Sports Network and on Sun Sports. Sunday’s game will broadcast on ESPN3 and Monday on ESPNU. Fans can listen to the games locally on 100.7 FM (Saturday and Sunday), 1270 AM (Monday) and online at Seminoles.com. Live stats will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.