March 29, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior right-hander Hunter Scantling will make his second start of the season for the Seminoles against Florida in Tuesday night’s game at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Scantling, a Jacksonville native, limited the Gators to two runs on five hits but did not earn a decision in the last meeting between the schools on March 15 in Gainesville. Top-ranked Florida’s 5-4 victory in 10 innings began an FSU school record string of five consecutive extra-inning games.
The seventh-ranked Seminoles (18-6, 6-3 ACC) are out to take the series lead in the third of four meetings with the third-ranked Gators (21-4, 4-2 SEC). FSU won the first meeting 5-3 on March 1 at Tampa’s Steinbrenner Field in the nightcap of the Florida Four Classic.
FSU, which leads the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division, is coming off a weekend series win over Wake Forest. Florida dropped two-of-three at home against South Carolina, which knocked the club from its run as the nation’s top-ranked team.
While Scantling (1-0, 1.04) will get a second crack against the Gators this season, Florida will counter with junior right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (3-0, 1.12). DeSclafani earned the win out of the bullpen in the last meeting between the long-time rivals.
This is the 220th meeting between the schools on the baseball diamond with Florida State leading the all-time series 121-97-1.
Tuesday’s game marks the fifth consecutive season the two clubs have squared off in Jacksonville. Nearly 35,000 fans have attended the previous four meetings at the Southern League Double-A home of the Jacksonville Suns, including a crowd of 12,280 in the inaugural meeting, which was the largest to ever witness a college game in the state. FSU has won the last three games against Florida in Jacksonville.
The game will be televised by FoxSports Florida (7 p.m.) and tickets can be purchased at Seminoles.com or at the Baseball Grounds.
FSU will host Florida on April 12 in the final regular season meeting between the clubs.