April 10, 2007
QUICK LOOK AT THE JACKSONVILLE GAME
Jacksonville makes its first trip of the season to Tallahassee and Dick Howser Stadium to face top-ranked Florida State. This is the second of three scheduled meetings in 2007 between both teams as the Dolphins won game one in Jacksonville 5-3, handing FSU its first loss of the season. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 110-34, while maintaining a mark of 72-10 in games played in Tallahassee. Florida State has not lost to Jacksonville at home since May 1, 1991, a span of 24-straight victories. The Seminoles’ average scoring margin during the recent streak stands at +5.5. JU’s win back on March 21 of this year snapped the Seminoles’ 18-game winning streak over the Dolphins in the overall series. The two teams met five times last season including a match-up in the opening round of the NCAA Regional in Athens, Ga., a game in which Florida State won 18-0.
THE DOLPHINS IN 2007
Jacksonville enters the week with an overall record of 21-17, 6-7 on the road and 6-6 in the Atlantic Sun. The Dolphins are coming off their first three-game series sweep of the season downing Campbell last weekend, outscoring the Camels 29-7 in those three games. The last road game for JU came two weeks ago as the Dolphins dropped two of three to A-Sun foe Mercer in Macon, Ga. Both losses to the Bears were one-run, extra inning affairs. Through 38 games, Jacksonville is batting .286, while posting a team ERA of 4.46. Five everyday starters are hitting over .300 for the Dolphins including FSU transfer Ryan McArdle who is batting .331 with five home runs and 37 RBI’s. Pete Clifford has played in all 38 games for JU this season and leads the team in batting average (.353), runs (36), doubles (11), home runs (7) and RBI’s (41).
AGAINST THE DOLPHINS
Florida State will look to continue its winning ways against Jacksonville on Mike Martin Field Tuesday evening where the Seminoles have won 24 straight home games against the Dolphins. JU handed FSU its first loss of the season back on March 21 in Jacksonville as the Dolphins scored four unearned runs in a 5-3 victory. The win also snapped FSU’s 18 consecutive game winning streak over the Dolphins. Caleb Graham was handed the loss in his first start for the Garnet and Gold as he worked four innings allowing five runs, one earned, on five hits. Buster Posey and Brandon Reichert each posted two hits and an RBI in the defeat.
Former Seminole Ryan McArdle gave JU the lead for good as he hit a two-out double down the line in right to cap the Dolphin’s four-run third. Tim Brown got the win in relief as he stymied the Seminoles for 4.1 innings giving up just one hit.
Florida State and Jacksonville met five times last season with the Seminoles winning all five games. It was the most games played by the two teams in a single year since the 1980 season when the Seminoles and Dolphins faced off six times, with FSU winning all six. Last year, FSU outscored the Dolphins 45-6 as the Seminoles recorded at least 10 hits in the last four meetings. Florida State hit .322 against JU last year scoring 45 runs on 56 hits. On the defensive side, the Seminoles posted a team ERA of 0.86, while registering a .989 fielding percentage committing just two errors in 190 opportunities.
THE PROBABLE STARTER
TUESDAY: Bo O’Dell will make his fourth start of the season on Tuesday evening against Jacksonville. It will be O’Dell’s first start since a February 27 start at home against North Florida. The sophomore right hander is 2-0 in three starts this season defeating UNC Asheville in his first career start and then North Florida for win number two. O’Dell has made seven appearances in 2007 posting an ERA of 3.86. He has worked 18.2 innings including a career-high 5.1 innings vs. Duke two weeks ago. O’Dell has allowed eight runs on 16 hits with 20 strike outs, while issuing just five walks on the season. He has registered at least two or more strike outs in all but one outing, including a career-high four strike outs twice against UNC Asheville and North Florida. O’Dell earned his first win as a Seminole as he worked four scoreless innings in a controlled start victory against UNC Asheville. In his second start, he lasted just 1.1 innings against Florida, his shortest outing as a starter. But the Kissimmee, Fla., native bounced back a week later to earn his second win of the season as he pitched five innings allowing three runs in a 16-3 FSU victory over UNF. After not pitching for almost a month, O’Dell as been very effective since his return posting an ERA of 1.42. He has thrown 6.1 innings giving up one run on two hits. O’Dell has struck out six and walked just one.
FSU IN MID-WEEK CONTESTS
Florida State is 3-2 in mid-week contests this season suffering its third loss of the season against Florida at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville. FSU’s three wins have come against Florida (14-6) in Gainesville and North Florida twice, 16-3 and 6-0, with both games being played in Tallahassee. Following Tuesday’s game against the Dolphins, the Seminoles will play two more mid-week contests including one more against JU and one more against Florida in Tallahassee on April 18.
NO. 1 IN THE NATION
For the fourth straight week, Florida State remained No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball top 25 poll. The Seminoles earned their first No. 1 ranking of the season as released by Collegiate Baseball on Monday, March 19. The Seminoles, who opened ACC play with a pair of home series sweeps against Wake Forest and Boston College, sit at 10-2 in the conference and 31-4 overall. FSU has posted a record of 8-4 while being ranked No. 1 in the nation. Florida State last held the top spot in the nation for six weeks starting on March 14, 2006.
ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK – PART IV
For the second week in a row, a Seminole student-athlete was selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week as Brandon Reichert was recognized for his efforts in leading Florida State to a series victory at NC State over the weekend. Reichert had an outstanding weekend as he hit .583 in three games going 7-for-12 against the Wolfpack with a home run, three doubles and seven RBI’s. Reichert registered multiple hits in all three games against NC State, while posting multiple RBI’s in games one and three. The senior first baseman posted a career-high four RBI’s on Friday night to go along with his first home run of the season. Three of Reichert’s four RBI’s in game one came on two outs.
Reichert then capped a Seminole come-from-behind victory in game three. With the bases loaded and the Seminoles trailing 4-2, Reichert gave the Seminoles their first lead of the game, a lead they would not relinquish, by lacing a bases clearing double to right field. Reichert finished Sunday’s game with three consecutive hits. The Tallahassee, Fla., native was also perfect from the field in all three games converting on all 38 chances at first base. He reached double-digit put outs in all three games.
Reichert joing Tony Thomas, Jr. who has been named ACC Player of the Week three times in 2007 winning the award on Feb. 12, Mar. 5 and Apr. 2.