May 3, 2011
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Fresh off a successful road trip, where Florida State took two of three games from host Miami, the Seminoles travel to Jacksonville’s John Sessions Stadium at Alexander Brest Field for the second of two regular season meetings between the long-time rivals. FSU captured the opening game between the schools back on February 24 at Dick Howser Stadium, 5-3 behind solid pitching from Gary Merians, Hunter Scantling and Daniel Bennett.
Florida State leads the all-time series 116-37, but 76 of those victories have come in Tallahassee. The `Noles have a much-closer 39-25 mark against the Dolphins in Jacksonville;
JU has won at least one game against FSU in each of the last four years and two of those victories have come on its home field;
Tuesday night’s game pits a pair of freshmen on the mound as FSU turns to right-hander David Trexler, while JU counters with left-hander Tony Mollica;
The Dolphins are in second place in the highly competitive Atlantic Sun Conference, thanks in large part to a dangerous offense. JU ranks among the national leaders with a .320 team
batting average and is led by slugging 1B Adam Brett Walker (.414, 9 HR, 58 RBI);
Close games have been the norm between the two teams recently, with the last four meetings decided by two runs, which includes FSU’s 2-0 win in Jacksonville last season;
Jacksonville coach Terry Alexander is a former Florida State outfielder (`77);
Like the Seminoles, JU won two of three games over the weekend on the road in Atlantic Sun Conference play at Florida Gulf Coast – a team Florida State defeated twice two weeks ago.