May 17, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (41-11, 22-5 ACC) returns home to wrap-up its regular season schedule as the Seminoles welcome No. 13 NC State (37-13, 18-9 ACC) for a three-game series beginning Thursday, May 17 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
The Seminoles, who have already wrapped up the ACC Atlantic Division title, enter the weekend with a three-game lead over North Carolina in a battle to claim the No. 1 overall seed for the ACC Tournament, which begins Wednesday, May 23 at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C. FSU’s magic number to clinch the No. 1 seed is at one.
FSU leads the all-time series against NC State at 55-25-0 with the Seminoles posting a 24-7 mark against the Wolfpack on their home turf. The Garnet and Gold have won two in a row in the series in Tallahassee and six of their last nine.
The Seminoles have never lost a home series against the Wolfpack – a streak of 10 straight conference series victories in Tallahassee. The last win for NC State in Tallahassee came in the opening series in 2010 as the Wolfpack defeated the Noles 5-2.
Four of the last five games against these two schools in Tallahassee have been decided by three runs or less with FSU holding a 3-1 edge.
Overall, FSU has won 10 of the last 13 games in the series but its NC State who has won the last two meetings outscoring the Seminoles 19-4.
Last year, the two schools both won two games as the Seminoles took the regular season series in Raleigh winning the first two games, while NC State won the last two including a 7-0 shutout in the opening round game of the ACC Tournament in Durham.
NC State out hit Florida State .321 to .226 over the four games last year. Jayce Boyd led the Seminole offensive attack hitting .357, while James Ramsey collected six hits including two doubles and a triple.
Junior Scott Sitz will start game one of the series on Thursday, May 17 and will be opposed by NC State’s Carlos Rodon.
All three games against the Wolfpack will air live on the internet on ESPN3. Fans can listen to the games locally on 1270 AM (Thursday and Friday), 100.7 FM (Saturday) and online at Seminoles.com. Live stats will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.