March 10, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (11-0) will host North Florida (6-6) on Wednesday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium in what is a make-up game from the regular scheduled match back on February 24 in Tallahassee that was washed away.
The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s contest coming off a one-hit shutout road victory over Jacksonville to remain undefeated on the year.
After opening the season at 1-5, North Florida has won five of its last six games including three in a row to sit at 6-6 on the year. The Ospreys are led offensively by junior infielder Andrew Hannon who is leading the team with a .458 average collecting 22 hits in 48 at-bats. He is also the team leader in doubles with seven.
UNF will send left hander Robert Collier to the hill on Wednesday for his first start of the season. Collier threw an inning in relief against the Noles at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville a season ago. He allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits as he walked one and struck out two.
The 2010 season marks the end of an era at North Florida as ABCA Hall of Fame Coach Dusty Rhodes will retire after this year. The 2010 season also happens to mark the first year that the Ospreys are eligible for postseason play as full Division I members, having finished the four-year reclassification period.
Wednesday marks the first of three meetings between these two schools. The Seminoles have won the last two games against the Ospreys and six of seven in the series all-time. Two of the three meetings a season ago were determined by a single run as both meetings came in Tallahassee with both schools claiming a victory.
UNF snapped a four-game losing streak to FSU in the first of three meetings last year defeating FSU 5-4 inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles rebounded to take the final two games of the season series defeating UNF 14-6 in Jacksonville and 8-7 in Tallahassee.
Stephen Cardullo and Mike McGee have each hit two career home runs against UNF, while Stuart Tapley has one. In 2007, Cardullo registered his first collegiate hit as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighth against the Ospreys taking the first pitch he saw over the wall in left center for a three-run homer.
Freshman Robert Benincasa (0-0) will make his second career start on Wednesday and first against UNF. His first start came against Hofstra in the series finale as the Tampa, Fla., native worked two innings allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits as he walked three and struck out three in earning a no decision. In two relief appearances, Benincasa has been nearly perfect allowing just one hit and no runs on a walk and three strikeouts over three innings of work.
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