April 1, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State heads to the east coast for a pair of mid-week games in Jacksonville as the Seminoles will face Florida on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and then Jacksonville on Wednesday at 6 p.m. FSU has a combined 223 victories against this week’s opponents with 112 wins against the Gators and 111 victories over the Dolphins.
Florida State will look to snap a three-game losing streak to its intra-state rival Florida on Tuesday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla., home of the minor league L.A. Dodgers affiliate the Jacksonville Suns and the 2008 ACC Baseball Tournament. This is the second consecutive year that the two schools have met in Jacksonville as last year’s game set the state attendance record as 12,280 fans were on hand for the neutral site match-up.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 112-93-1, while the Gators hold a 7-2 advantage in games played on a neutral surface. Florida has had the upper hand in the series as of late winning 10 of the last 15 games.
Earlier this year, 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.
In a series dating back to 1960, Florida State and Jacksonville square-off for the first time in 2008. The two teams split a two-game home and home set last year as each team won on their home turf.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 111-34, while maintaining a mark of 37-24 in games played at Alexander Brest Field. JU’s win last year in Jacksonville snapped the Seminoles’ 18-game winning streak over the Dolphins in the all-time series as well as handing the Garnet and Gold their first loss of the 2007 season. FSU has won eight of the last nine games against Jacksonville on JU’s home field.
Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Tuesday, April 1, 7:00 pm
Florida – LHP, Stephen Locke (1-0) vs. Florida State – RHP, Ryan Strauss (2-0)
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The Seminoles In Non-Conference Action
Florida marks the third SEC team that Florida State will face during the 2008 regular season. Following this week’s mid-week match-ups, the Seminoles will play nine more non-conference games including one each in Tallahassee against Florida and Jacksonville. The Seminoles are 12-2 in non-conference action with a 5-2 mark against teams from the SEC thanks to a four-game sweep of the Auburn Tigers and a two-game split with Georgia. FSU is 2-0 against the Atlantic Sun Conference after taking two games against Stetson at home last week. Over the last three years, Florida State has posted a record of 90-26 against non-league opponents including a mark of 14-14 against teams from the SEC. Dating back to 2005, FSU is 20-1 against teams from the Atlantic Sun.
Against The Gators
Seniors Dennis Guinn and Jack Rye have hit .364 and .324, respectively in their career against the Gators. Rye has seen the most action against Florida than any other Seminole on the roster playing in 11 games since 2005. Rye has amassed four RBIs, three runs scored and two doubles. Guinn registered four of his seven career hits last year. He has posted five RBIs, four runs, three doubles and a home run. Buster Posey had a hit in four at-bats earlier this year while hitting .500 a season ago with a home run, four runs and three RBIs.
Tuesday’s starter Ryan Strauss will make his first career start against Florida. Strauss enters the contest with a 2-0 record and a 6.93 ERA. His last start came March 25 against Virginia Tech as he worked three innings in earning a no decision. 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 three 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 his first coming in 2005 while pitching 0.1 of an inning earlier this year.
Against The Dolphins
The Seminoles posted a 1.06 ERA against Jacksonville a season ago limiting the Dolphins to just two earned runs in 17 innings of work. Bo O’Dell started one game and got the win working six innings allowing one run on five hits while striking out three. Jimmy Marshall has two career appearances vs. JU working 4.0 innings in relief last year in Jacksonville. He has not allowed a run while giving up just one hit in career against the Dolphins.
Two Out Runs…Two Out Hits
Picking up where they left off a season ago, the Seminoles continue to hit well with two outs in an inning posting an average of .356 with 108 hits in 303 at-bats. Through the first six weeks, FSU has scored 88 runs on two outs which amount to 32.4% of the total run production in 2008. Senior Dennis Guinn leads the way with 15 two-out RBIs. Four Seminoles are hitting .400 or better with two outs while junior Tommy Oravetz leads all hitters with a .583 average. Guinn is also the team leader with 14 two-out hits. In 2007, FSU hit .330 with two outs accumulating 243 hits in 736 two-out opportunities. Thirty-nine percent of the run production last season was scored with two-outs as the Seminoles scored 219 runs in 62 games.
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