March 17, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Coming off a perfect 5-0 week including a three-game sweep of No. 7 NC State, Florida State (17-2) heads to Gainesville Tuesday night for the first of three games against intra-state rival Florida (13-7) as the new No. 1 team in the nation.
Florida State enters the sixth week of the season ranked No. 1 in three of the five major polls – USA Today Coaches, Perfect Game and NCBWA. This marks the first time FSU has been ranked No. 1 since earning the top spot in the USA Today Coaches, Baseball America and NCBWA polls on April 9, 2012.
That year the Seminoles held the No. 1 ranking in the Baseball America poll for seven consecutive weeks; a total of six weeks in the USA Today Coaches poll; five total weeks in the NCBWA poll; and one week by Collegiate Baseball.
Tuesday will also mark the first time the two teams will face each other with FSU holding the No. 1 ranking since April 10, 2012. UF went on to defeat the top-ranked Noles 6-3 in Tallahassee that year. FSU also held the No. 1 ranking when they faced the Gators back on April 15, 2008 in Tallahassee – a game won by the Seminoles, 4-2, behind a complete game effort from senior right hander Ryan Strauss.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 125-101-1, while Florida has held the upper hand on its home turf posting an all-time record of 54-44. Tuesday marks the 228th meeting between these two schools as FSU is 29-20 over the last 49 games.
The series has been closely contested since 2008 as 15 of the 22 games during that span have been decided by three runs or less. FSU owns a record of 9-6 in those 15 games. Since 2010, Florida State has captured three of the last four season series from the Gators – taking 3-of-4 in 2010 and 2011 and 2-of-3 in 2013.
Last year, the Gators avoided being swept beating the Seminoles in Tallahassee, 4-3.
On Tuesday, the Seminoles will look for their first two-game win streak in Gainesville since posting back-to-back wins in 2006 and 2007. FSU snapped a five-game losing streak inside McKethan Stadium last year with a 4-1 victory behind an outstanding pitching performance from Luke Weaver, who held the Gators to just one run on three hits in 6.1 innings of work.
Peter Miller, who got the start against the Gators in Tallahassee last year, gets the starting nod for the Seminoles on Tuesday night. It will mark Miller’s second career start against Florida and first in Gainesville. Last year, the right hander did not factor into the decision allowing two runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of work as he walked two and struck out one. This year, Miller is 1-0 with an 8.68 ERA as he has worked 9.1 innings in his first three starts. For his career, Miller is 12-4 with a 4.07 ERA in 35 appearances for the Seminoles.
Florida will send out left hander Danny Young on Tuesday night. Young has already appeared in 11 games this year making just one start. Young is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA as he has worked 15.0 innings on the year.
Tuesday’s game will air live on Sun Sports in north and central Florida only. Audio for the game will be available through the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally fans can listen to the game on 1270 AM. As always, fans can receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball. Also, do not forget to like the Seminole Baseball team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball and to follow the team on Instagram (NoleBaseball). Live stats will be available via gametracker.