April 19, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (30-7, 16-2) continues its two-week home stand this weekend as the Seminoles welcome in-state rival and ACC foe Miami (26-11, 12-6), ranked 18th-nationally, to Tallahassee for a three-game series beginning Friday, April 20.
Florida State is looking to maintain its hold atop the Atlantic Division standings, while Miami enters the weekend tied with North Carolina for first place in the Coastal Division with a league record of 12-6.
In the most played series in school history for both teams, Friday’s game marks the 266th meeting between these two rivals as the Seminoles lead the all-time series 140-121-4. The series has been closely contested as of late with both teams winning six times in the last 12 games. Eight of those 12 games have been decided by two runs or less with FSU holding a 5-3 edge.
Florida State has held the advantage at home against the Hurricanes posting an all-time record of 73-54-2 inside the friendly confines of Dick Howser Stadium. Miami had held the upper hand on FSU’s home turf winning the last three series played in Tallahassee dating back to 2004. That was until 2010 when FSU posted back-to-back walk-off victories in the ninth inning to win games two and three of the series to claim its first series victory over the Canes at home since 2003.
Last year, FSU took 2-of-3 from Miami in Coral Gables to claim the regular season series. The Seminoles took game one 6-5 when Sherman Johnson scored from third on a wild pitch to break a 5-5 tie in the top of the ninth. The Hurricanes committed seven errors in the loss. Hunter Scantling, Brian Busch and Daniel Bennett combined on a five-hit shutout as FSU took game two 2-0.
This weekend also features two coaches that rank in the top 10 among NCAA Winningest Active Division I coaches by both winning percentage and victories. FSU head coach Mike Martin ranks first in winning percentage and third in wins, while Miami head coach Jim Morris ranks sixth in winning percentage and fifth in wins.
For the first time this year, Florida State has a change in its weekend rotation as junior right hander Scott Sitz will make his first weekend start of the season on Sunday. Freshman Brandon Leibrandt will take the mound on Friday for FSU with fellow freshman Mike Compton making his 10th start of the season on Saturday.
Friday and Saturday’s game will air live on ESPN3, while Sunday’s contest will broadcast live on CSS. Fans can listen to the games locally on 1270 AM (Friday – 6:00 p.m.) and 100.7 FM (Saturday – 12:0 p.m. & Sunday – 12:30 p.m.) and online at Seminoles.com. Live stats will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.
SATURDAY GAME TIME CHANGE
Due to severe weather that is threatening to hit the Tallahassee area on Saturday, the time for game two of the weekend series featuring Florida State and Miami on Saturday, April 21 has been changed to 12:00 p.m.
SOLD OUT SATURDAY
Saturday’s baseball game versus Miami is completely sold out to the public. There are still a few tickets remaining for Friday and Sunday.