April 15, 2008 - by
Rivalry Week In Tallahassee Begins With Mid-Week Contests Against Florida And UNF

April 15, 2008

FSU Baseball Release No. 14 in PDF Format

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State baseball team returns home for a Tuesday game against Florida to kickoff rivalry week in Tallahassee. The Seminoles and Gators will face off for the third and final time during the regular season, while North Florida makes the trek to Dick Howser Stadium on Wednesday.

In the rubber game of a three-game set, Florida State will look to win its first regular season series against intra-state rival Florida since 2005. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 113-93-1, while FSU holds a 67-36-1 advantage in games played inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Gators have won two straight in Tallahassee and three of the last four. Florida has had the upper hand in the series as of late winning 10 of the last 16 games.

In the first meeting back on March 18, the Gator pitching staff shut down the top offense in the ACC limiting the Seminoles to just one run on six hits in a 6-1 Florida win in Gainesville. Stephen Locke registered the win as he scattered four hits over 5.1 innings. Dennis Guinn provided the lone run for Florida State in the eighth as he drove in Buster Posey on an RBI double. The Seminoles had their scoring opportunities in the game as they left the bases loaded three times in the last four innings while leaving a total of 11 men on base in the loss.

The Seminoles avenged an early season loss using a combination of the short game and long ball to post a 10-2 victory over Florida at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville, Fla. Ryan Strauss recorded the win in his first career start against the Gators going seven innings allowing just one run on four hits. He struck out four and walked a season-low one batter. Buster Posey and Tony Delmonico each recorded three hits while Posey, brother Jack and Dennis Guinn collected a pair of RBIs.

Florida State hosts North Florida for the first and only meeting between the two schools and the fourth meeting all-time in the series. FSU leads the overall series 3-0 while all three games have been played on Mike Martin Field. The Seminoles have outscored the Ospreys 36-11 in the three games. This is the third season as a Division I program for North Florida as the Ospreys are a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. A season ago, UNF finished 24-32 overall and 13-14 in the A-Sun.

Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Tuesday, April 15, 6:00 pm
Florida – RHP, Kyle Mullaney (0-2) vs. Florida State – RHP, Ryan Strauss (4-0)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
Web cast: Watch the Game Live!

Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 pm
North Florida – RHP, George Lott (0-0) vs. Florida State – RHP, Mike McGee (4-1)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 1270 the Team: Listen Live

Against The Gators
Seniors Jack Rye and Dennis Guinn have hit .333 and .296, respectively in their career against the Gators. Rye has seen the most action against Florida than any other Seminole on the roster playing in 12 games since 2005. Rye has amassed five RBIs, three runs scored and three doubles. Guinn registered four of his eight career hits last year. He has posted seven RBIs, four runs, three doubles and a home run. Over the last two years, Buster Posey is hitting .500 against Gator pitching. He has two home runs, five RBIs and seven runs scored.

Tuesday’s starter Ryan Strauss will make his second consecutive start against Florida. Strauss enters the contest with a 4-0 record and a 4.91 ERA. He picked up two saves in his last two appearances on the mound. Prior to the first game of the series back on Tuesday March 18, Bo O’Dell, Jimmy Marshall and Trent Jarvis were the only Seminoles to appear on the mound against Florida. O’Dell has three career starts and is 0-2 in his career. Marshall has four career appearances working 2.2 scoreless innings in 2007 before an inning of work in 2008 where he allowed two runs on two hits. Jarvis has two appearances against UF with his first coming in 2005 while pitching 0.1 of an inning earlier this year.

Against The Ospreys
Jack Rye drove in a career-high six runs in FSU’s 16-3 victory over UNF back on February 27, 2007. The senior right fielder is a .625 career hitters with two doubles, a home runs, eight RBIs and three runs. Buster Posey has six career hits and his hitting .545 in three career games. He posted two doubles, a home run, five RBIs and six runs scored. Dennis Guinn went 3-for-5 in a single game during his sophomore season driving in five runs. Ruairi O’Connor posted a .429 average with three hits in seven at-bats last year.

Only three pitchers on this year’s staff have faced UNF in their career including Jimmy Marshall, Bo O’Dell and Matt Fairel. O’Dell started in FSU’s 16-3 victory on February 27 going five innings with four strikeouts and a walk. Marshall and Fairel each pitched an inning in relief. Marshall allowed a hit with two strikeouts while Fairel set the Ospreys down in order.

The Seminoles In Non-Conference Action
Florida marks the third and final SEC team that Florida State will face during the 2008 regular season, while North Florida is the third team from the Atlantic Sun to play the Seminoles. Following this week’s mid-week match-ups, the Seminoles will play seven more non-conference games including two at Stetson and one at home vs. Jacksonville. The Seminoles are 14-2 in non-conference action with a 6-2 mark against teams from the SEC thanks to a four-game sweep of the Auburn Tigers and a two-game split with Georgia and the Gators. FSU is 3-0 against the Atlantic Sun Conference after taking two games against Stetson at home and one game on the road at Jacksonville. Over the last three years, Florida State has posted a record of 92-26 against non-league opponents including a mark of 15-14 against teams from the SEC. Dating back to 2005, FSU is 21-1 against teams from the Atlantic Sun.

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.

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