March 1, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Intra-state rivals collide on Tuesday, March 2 as No. 3 Florida State (6-0) faces No. 5 Florida (5-0) in the second game of the inaugural Florida Four Tournament held on Steinbrenner Field down in Tampa, Fla. The Seminoles and Gators put their undefeated records on the line in the first of four meetings between the two schools this season.
Miami and USF kick off the Florida Four Tournament as first pitch for game one is set for 4:06 p.m. Game two featuring the Seminoles and the Gators will begin 35 minutes following the completion of game one. Both games of the Florida Four Tournament will air live on CSS.
Tuesday marks the 213th meeting between Florida State and Florida as the Seminoles lead the all-time series 116-95-1. The two schools have split the last 10 games, while UF holds the upper hand on neutral turf posting an all-time mark of 7-4-0. Despite the slight edge held by the Gators on neutral soil, it is the Noles that have won the last two neutral site games outscoring UF 13-4.
Geoff Parker will take the mound on Tuesday making his second career start against Florida. The junior right hander went 3.1 innings in earning a no decision against the Gators in Jacksonville back on March 31, 2009 in his first career start against UF. In three career appearances against Florida, Parker is 0-0 with a 3.11 ERA.
Offensively, the Seminoles are led by Gainesville native Tyler Holt, who has faired well against the Gators over his career hitting .462 (12-for-26) in seven games. Holt has posted eight runs, six walks, two RBI and is 4-for-5 in the stolen base category.
On Wednesday, March 3, Florida State will head to Clearwater, Fla., to face the 2009 reigning National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies in a exhibition game at Bright House Field.
The Phillies downed the Seminoles 12-4 in front of 4,676 fans as the two teams met for the first time in series history back in 2007. Florida State got off to a great start that year as Tony Thomas, Jr. deposited a 1-1 offering from 2006 first round draft pick Kyle Drabeck over the wall in left field for an early 1-0 advantage.
The two teams were set to play again in 2008 but Mother Nature had other plans washing away the game after rain hit the Clearwater area for an hour and 45 minutes.
FSU has faced a Major League Club nine previous times overall and twice since 2001 when the Seminoles played the Florida Marlins (2001) and Phillies (2007). The Garnet and Gold are 2-7 all-time against professional teams having faced the likes of the Baltimore Orioles (0-1), New York Yankees (1-1), Atlanta Braves (1-1), Kansas City Royals, Florida Marlins (0-2) Tampa Bay Rays (0-1) and Phillies (0-1).
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