Feb. 25, 2011
The eighth-ranked Florida State baseball team returns to action at Dick Howser Stadium this weekend, playing host to Hofstra for a three-game series, which opens Friday at 4 p.m.
Returning home following a Thursday exhibition game with the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla, the Seminoles (4-0, 0-0 ACC) will try and build on their fast start when they send junior Sean Gilmartin to the mound in Friday’s opener. Brian Busch is the scheduled starter Saturday (4 p.m.) against the Pride (0-3), which was swept last week at Florida Atlantic. Gary Merians gets the starting nod for the series finale, Sunday at 1 p.m. It will mark the last home game for head coach Mike Martin’s club until March 8.
`Noles savored Big League moment
The Seminoles traveled to Clearwater, Fla. to face the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday in an exhibition game. The reigning NL East Champions scored four runs in the first and cruised to an 8-0 victory in the first Grapefruit League game of the year. FSU sent eight different relievers to the mound for one inning of work and received solid performances from Robert Benincasa, Mack Waugh, Adam Simmons and Brandon Johnson. More important than the outcome, the `Noles had a chance to enjoy the Big League atmosphere.
FSU turns back Jacksonville
Florida State began the week with a 5-3 win over Jacksonville on Tuesday at Dick Howser Stadium. Devon Travis and Mike McGee collected two hits each, while junior starter Gary Merians earned his first career victory with five solid innings. Daniel Bennett worked the eighth and ninth against the Dolphins for a two-inning save as the Seminoles moved to 4-0 on the year.
A little poll vaulting
A season-opening, three-game sweep of VMI was good enough for the Seminoles to jump two spots in the three major college baseball national polls this week. FSU checks in at No. 8 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association rankings – its highest ranking – and Nos. 10 and 11, respectively, in the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls.
ACC honors Ramsey
Florida State junior right fielder James Ramsey earned ACC Player of the Week honors for his season-opening performance against VMI. The Alpharetta, Ga. native batted .700 (7-for-10) with two triples, six runs scored, four RBI and a sterling defensive play to help preserve a shutout in the opening 12-0 win. It is the first weekly honor of Ramsey’s career.
Gilmartin, McGee on Spikes radar
FSU junior pitcher Sean Gilmartin and senior outfielder/pitcher Mike McGee have been recognized by USA Baseball as candidates for the top award in amateur baseball. Gilmartin and McGee are among the first 50 players named to the preseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, which is presented annually to the top amateur player in the country. FSU holds the distinction of producing four Golden Spikes Award winners – more than any college program in the country. Mike Fuentes, Mike Loynd, J.D. Drew and Buster Posey are past recipients of the treasured trophy.
Coming up next
The Seminoles travel to Steinbrenner Field in Tampa for Tuesday’s night’s Florida Four Classic showdown against rival Florida. Game time is set for approximately 7 p.m. as the `Noles and Gators will take the field at the conclusion of the opening game between Miami and USF…Next weekend Martin’s club travels to Athens, Ga. For a three-game set against the Georgia Bulldogs.
For more about the weekend series, go to the bottom of baseball page at Seminoles.com and click on the weekly release.