April 22, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Duke makes a rare Tallahassee appearance this weekend at Florida State for a three-game, ACC intra-divisional baseball series. It will be Duke’s first appearance at Dick Howser Stadium since 2006. The Seminoles and Blue Devils make for a contrasting match-up. With 10 seniors, FSU is one of the most veteran teams in the ACC. Duke, however, has the youngest Division I program in the country, with 56 percent of its roster comprised of freshmen.
Florida State leads the all-time series 62-19, which includes a 33-7 record in Tallahassee;
The Seminoles have won 18 consecutive home games against the Blue Devils, spanning the last five series;
Duke’s last win in Tallahassee came on May 5, 1994, a 5-4 Sunday triumph. Sixth-year Blue Devils’ coach Sean McNally was a senior on that Duke team;
While the `Noles have enjoyed success at home, Duke has managed to win at least one game in three of the last four series, including last year’s series in Durham;
FSU (11-7 ACC) enters the weekend series with a two-game lead over Clemson in the Atlantic Division. Duke (4-14) is tied for fifth in the Coastal Division;
The Seminoles have rattled off four consecutive victories, their longest winning streak since a six-game stretch capped by their lone ACC series sweep of the season at home against Boston College (March 11-13).
First pitch for Friday and Saturday are set for 6 p.m., while Sunday’s contest is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
For the third consecutive ACC series the Seminoles’ weekend rotation will have a new look as redshirt freshman David Trexler joins staff ace and Friday night fixture Sean Gilmartin and Hunter Scantling, who will make his second weekend series start of the season on Saturday. Trexler becomes the seventh `Nole to take a turn in the weekend rotation.