April 9, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (27-5) looks to avenge two of its five losses on the year when the Seminoles welcome No. 4 Florida (25-7) to Tallahassee Tuesday night for the final regular season match-up between these two intra-state rivals.
The Gators have won both games this year winning 9-2 in Gainesville and 4-1 in Jacksonville and in both games UF was ranked No. 1. Tuesday’s game will be a role reversal in rankings from when the two teams squared off in Jacksonville two weeks ago as the Seminoles are now ranked No. 1 and the Gators come in at No. 4. All three games this year have featured both teams ranked in the top 10.
FSU has won two in a row over the Gators in Tallahassee as both games were decided by two runs or less. In 2010, Scott Sitz, making his second career start, worked 6.0 innings allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits in leading FSU to a 3-2 win. Last year, Hunter Scantling worked 7.0 innings of three-hit baseball as FSU won 3-1.
The last victory for the Gators in Tallahassee came in 2009 as UF rolled to a 10-2 win.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 123-99-1, while FSU has held the upper hand inside the friendly confines of Dick Howser Stadium posting an all-time record of 71-37-1.
Tuesday marks the 224th meeting between Florida State and Florida as the Noles are 27-18 over the last 45 games.
The series has been closely contested since 2008 as 11 of the 18 games during that span have been decided by three runs or less. FSU owns a record of 7-4 in those 11 games.
Last year, Florida State took 3 of 4 from Florida, while the Noles split the two games in which the Gators were ranked No. 1.
Tuesday will mark the first time the two teams will face each other with FSU holding the No. 1 ranking since April 15, 2008. That day FSU defeated Florida 4-2 in Tallahassee behind a complete game by senior Ryan Strauss.
The game will air live over the internet on ESPN3. Fans can listen to the game locally on 1270 AM and online at Seminoles.com. Live stats will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.
First pitch for Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., while fans are encouraged to arrive at Dick Howser Stadium early as Florida State head coach Mike Martin will be recognized during a pregame ceremony for recording career win No. 1,700 on Sunday at Georgia Tech.