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FSU, Miami Clash In Tallahassee For Three Game Set Beginning Friday

April 18, 2008

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Tallahassee, Fla. – In the most played series in school history for both teams, Florida State welcomes Miami to Tallahassee in a match-up of the top two teams in the nation. Both schools lead their respective divisions in the ACC as each team has recorded just one loss. This weekend marks the 251st meeting between these two intra-state rivals as the Seminoles lead the all-time series 131-115-4. The Seminoles own a mark of 70-51-2 in games played on their home turf but haven’t won a regular season series within the friendly confines of Dick Howser Stadium since 2003. The Hurricanes have won six of the last 10 in the series and four of the last six games played in Tallahassee. FSU and Miami also come into this weekend’s series as the top two teams in the nation. It’s the first time since 1999 that both teams have been ranked #1 and #2 nationally. Ironically that same year, the two schools met for the national championship in Omaha.

Last year, Florida State took 2-of-3 from Miami in Coral Gables before falling to the Hurricanes in pool play of the ACC Tournament in Jacksonville. Since joining the ACC, Miami is 6-4 against Florida State taking the regular season series in 2005 and 2006.

Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Friday, April 18, 7:00 pm
Miami – LHP, Chris Hernandez (5-0) vs. Florida State – LHP, Matt Fairel (8-0)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 1270 the Team: Listen Live
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!

Saturday, April 19, 7:00 pm
Miami – RHP, Enrique Garcia (2-0) vs. Florida State – RHP, Geoff Parker (3-1)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
XM Radio – Channel 190
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!

Sunday, April 20, 12:30 pm
Miami – LHP, Eric Erickson (5-0) vs. Florida State – RHP, Elih Villanueva (4-0)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!

Against The Hurricanes
Senior Jack Rye is batting .297 (11-for-37) in 10 career games against Miami and has smacked two home runs in addition to scoring eight runs and driving in eight more. Junior Buster Posey has made seven starts against the Hurricanes and has batted .346 (9-for-26) with two doubles, a home run and 10 RBIs in those games. Sophomore Jason Stidham started all four games last year against Miami and hit .412 (7-for-17) while scoring three runs and belting two doubles and a triple against the Hurricane pitching staff. Junior Tommy Oravetz is 3-for-5 with a RBI and two HBPs coming off the bench in six games against Miami.

On the pitching front, the Seminoles have had a lot of success against the `Canes, particularly members of their current bullpen. Junior Jimmy Marshall has allowed just two runs in seven innings pitched in his three career appearances. Senior Trent Jarvis and Junior Bo O’Dell both pitched 1.0 and 1.1 scoreless innings, respectively in their lone appearances against the Hurricanes last year. Sophomore Matt Fairel had a 3.1 inning save last season in Miami but allowed three earned runs in the appearance. Senior Ryan Strauss has made two starts (both coming in 2007) and suffered the loss in one of those games. In the 6.2 innings he has thrown against Miami, Strauss has allowed six earned runs, walked seven and surrendered two home runs.

In ACC Play

Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 16 of its last 17 ACC series including 10 sweeps. The lone series the Seminoles lost during that span was to Clemson last year as the Tigers took 2-of-3 from FSU in Tallahassee. 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 6.5 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 28-11 against teams in the Coastal Division including a mark of 15-6 at home. FSU is 3-3 against Miami since the conference adopted the two division format and 1-2 on Mike Martin Field. 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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