March 31, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The seventh-ranked Florida State baseball team touched here down Friday to cold and damp temperatures. The Seminoles, however, have been downright hot against Maryland through the first 19 seasons of Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Mike Martin’s club hopes to remain that way when it is scheduled to begin a three-game series against the host Terrapins at Shipley Stadium, beginning Friday at 7 p.m.
FSU has run off a remarkable streak of success at Maryland’s expense. The Seminoles have rattled off 39 consecutive victories against the Terrapins, dating to the 1998 season and hold an all-time mark of 60-3 in the series.
The Seminoles (19-6, 6-3) also hold a two-game lead over the rest of the ACC’s Atlantic Division. By capturing this weekend’s series, they would extend a streak of series wins to 20 years of the league membership.
Junior left-hander Sean Gilmartin (5-0, 1.43) will get the starting nod on Friday and be followed in the weekend rotation by right-handers Scott Sitz (3-1) and Gary Merians (4-1). Following Tuesday night’s 5-2 win over No. 3 Florida at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, the `Noles will try and extend their two-game winning streak and reach the 20-win plateau.
Maryland (12-13, 1-8) is alone in last place in the Atlantic Division, but the Terrapins did snap a seven-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 3-2 win over George Mason at home.