Feb. 20, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ninth-ranked Florida State (3-0) will look to extend its win streak to four in a row on Tuesday as the Seminoles welcome to town the Jacksonville Dolphins (0-3) for a 4:00 p.m. first pitch on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
Tuesday’s game, the first of two regular season meetings between FSU and JU this year, marks the 155th all-time meeting between these intra-state rivals. FSU leads the all-time series 117-37 and has been dominant at home posting a 76-12 all-time record against the Dolphins.
The Seminoles have won three in a row and five of the last six meetings, but the series has been closely contested as of late with 11 of the last 16 games decided by three runs or less including the last six meetings. FSU is 8-3 in those games decided by three runs or less dating back to 2006.
Freshman right hander Luke Weaver will make his collegiate debut on Tuesday against the Dolphins and will be opposed by JU right hander Wes Torrez.
The Seminoles swept the two-game season series last year defeating the Dolphins 5-3 in Tallahassee and then 8-5 in Jacksonville. Justin Gonzalez and Sherman Johnson both hit .500 and scored three runs over the two games collecting three hits in six at-bats. Gonzalez hit the lone home run of the series for the Seminoles blasting a two-run shot in the ninth inning in Jacksonville.
Offensively, the Seminoles hit .348 as a team against the Dolphins last year, while the pitching staff posted an ERA of 3.00 allowing just six earned runs in 18.0 innings of work. The Seminole pitchers also posted an impressive 19 strikeouts to only five walks in the two games.
Jacksonville is coming off a tough west coast road trip to open the season as the Dolphins were swept by Southern California. The Trojans outscored the Dolphins 23-8 in the three games.
Tuesday game will be streamed live over the internet on Seminoles All-Access, while fans can follow all the live stats via gametracker on Seminoles.com and receive updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.