March 29, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fourth-ranked Florida State (21-4, 8-1 ACC) returns to ACC play this weekend looking to snap a two-game skid as the Seminoles host the Virginia Tech Hokies (18-9, 2-7 ACC) for a three-game series beginning Friday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 36-8 and have been impressive at home against the Hokies posting a record of 24-6. Florida State has won 11 of the last 14 games against Virginia Tech, while both teams have split the last six games taking the season series on their opponents’ home turf in 2010 (Tallahassee) & 2011 (Blacksburg).
Since Virginia Tech joined the ACC in 2005, FSU is 16-4 against VT including a 9-2 record inside Dick Howser Stadium.
FSU will look to avenge its series loss at home to the Hokies in 2010 as Virginia Tech came in to Tallahassee winning the first two games (10-5 & 8-7) before FSU salvaged the series with 9-6 victory on Sunday.
Last year, the Seminoles traveled to Blacksburg and took two of three from the Hokies. Virginia Tech opened the series with a 2-1 victory before both teams combined for 56 runs over the next two games as the Seminoles won games two and three by scores of 15-11 and 18-12. Both schools hit over .300 during that three-game series, while the staff ERA’s for both squads were over 7.60.
Jayce Boyd hit .571 last year in Blacksburg as he recorded eight hits including a triple and a home run. James Ramsey and Sherman Johnson hit .357 and .333, respectively, while Devon Travis drove in a team-high six runs. On the mound, Sean Gilmartin went the distance in game one as the junior southpaw worked 8.0 innings giving up two runs on four hits as he struck out seven in a 2-1 loss. The complete game was the only one thrown by FSU last year.
Friday night’s game will be `Buster Posey Jersey T-shirt’ give-away night at the ball park as the first 1,000 fans to the stadium will receive a t-shirt.
All three games this weekend will air live over the internet on ESPN3 with game times scheduled for 6:00 p.m. (Friday & Saturday) and 1:00 p.m. (Sunday). Fans can listen to the game locally on 1270 AM (Friday) and 100.7 FM (Saturday & 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.