May 28, 2005
ACC semi-final game notes in PDF Format
The 13th-ranked FSU baseball team is in the ACC Baseball Championship semi-finals for the 14th stright year and you can follow the game live. The 1:00 p.m. semi-final will be carried live on CSS (CLICK HERE). If you can’t watch the game, check out a live radio broadcast (CLICK HERE) or follow all the action on Game Tracker (CLICK HERE).
With FSU’s win over Wake Forest Friday night, the Seminoles reached the 50-win plateau for the 22nd time in school history. All 50+ win seasons have come in Mike Martin’s 26-year tenure as the head coach at Florida State. No team in America reached 50 wins faster than FSU. Tulane has 49 wins this season and will go after their 50th victory this afternoon in the Conference USA Tournament. The win wasn’t only FSU’s 50th win of the year it was also Florida State‘s 50th win all-time in the ACC Tournament. Since FSU joined the ACC no team has more wins in the last 14 years than FSU and none is even close. The next best win total over the last 14 years is 35 by Clemson, 15 fewer than FSU.
ACC TOURNEY WINS SINCE 1992
Florida State 50
NC State 31
Georgia Tech 30
Wake Forest 24
North Carolina 18
IT WOULD BE RARE
Georgia Teach has already taken four straight games from the Seminoles this season and they will try to make it five in the semi-finals of the tournament today. Only three teams in FSU baseball history have ever won five games in a row versus Florida State in a single season. Auburn (1961), Clemson (1992) and Miami (1992, 1999, 2001) are the only schools that have ever been able to pull that off. The last time Florida State lost four in a row to a team was last year when Georgia Tech swept FSU in the regular season and then beat the Seminoles the first time they met in the ACC Tournament. FSU then came back and beat the Yellow Jackets in back-to-back games to win the tournament. Remind you of anything?
PITCHING AT A PREMIUM
When it comes to making a run at the ACC or NCAA Tournament, you have to get good pitching and so far FSU has. The Seminoles have a staff ERA of 1.86 so far in the ACC Tournament. Teams are batting just .254 against the FSU staff. Of the 10 runs the Seminoles have allowed, only six have been earned. FSU’s starting pitching has been spectacular. In three games so far, FSU starters are 2-0 with a 0.45 ERA in 20 innings pitched. Every Seminole starter has registered a quality start in the tournament. FSU pitchers had not put together three straight quality starts since March 25. Overall, FSU has posted three or more quality starts in a row just two times all season before this week. Coming into the ACC Tournament FSU had recorded three quality starts in their last 12 outings. The Seminole staff also did one other thing they have not done in a while. Although the final score versus Wake Forest was 7-3, all three runs were unearned. The last time FSU went an entire game without allowing an earned run was April 2 against Clemson, a stretch of 32 games.
CAUSING A RYE-OT
Jack Rye is having a great ACC Tournament. The outfielder was up for ACC Freshman of the Year and has the best offensive season of any FSU newcomer. In three games in the ACC Tournament, Rye is leading the team with a .400 batting average in three starts. He has four hits in his 10 at bats and three of his four hits have been doubles. He is slugging .700 and has two RBIs and two runs scored. Rye is torching left-handers to the tune of a .667 batting average and he has a hit in every opportunity with runners on base or in scoring position.
Ryne Malone extended his season-long hitting streak to 10 games with a double in last night’s Wake Forest game. The All-ACC second teamer is now just one game shy of tying his career-best hitting streak set as a freshman in 2004. During his streak, Malone is hitting .429 and slugging .762. He has a team-best 14 RBIs to go along with seven extra base hits including three homers. After a slow start, Malone is one RBI away from reaching 60 for the season. Last year Malone had 54 RBIs in a freshman All-American season. The third baseman has been on a tear as of late with 40 of his 59 RBIs coming in the last 32 games for an average of almost 1.5 runs knocked in per game. This year Malone has scored more runs, driven in more runs, got more hits, more doubles and more walks than he did as a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American last year.
SCRIFICE FOR THE TEAM
It is hard to illustrate the kind of leader that fifth-year senior Aaron Cheesman is. The catcher is a two-time captain and already half way done pursuing his master’s degree. He is a post-graduate scholarship winner and has inished a double major in undergraduate studies. He is the consummate team player who will do anything that is asked of him. There is no stat more telling of that than sacrifices and Cheesman leads the team in that category with 21, seven more than anyone else on the squad. The Sarasota, FL native has already set a record for sacrifices in a season breaking the record of 19 set almost two decades ago (1986). Now he is about to etch his name in the record books as the most selfless player in school history. He is just one sacrifice away from tying the career record of 35 set by Mike Martin, Jr. from 1993-1995.
ACC teams stayed at five different hotels in Jacksonville this week and of those five, the Hilton Riverfront is the only hotel to have housed two teams to make it to the semi-finals of the ACC Tournament (Clemson and Florida State). Not only did it house both teams but it housed the two teams that made it to the semi-finals after fighting through the loser’s bracket. The hotel with the worst winning percentage was the Radisson Riverwalk, which housed UNC and Duke. Those two teams went a combined 0-3 at the tournament.