Feb. 19, 2007
A QUICK LOOK AT THE FLORIDA GAME
In this the 203rd meeting between these intra-state rivals, Florida State travels to Florida for its first road game of the 2007 season. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 111-90-1, while the Gators hold a 49-42 advantage on their home turf. This is the first of three games between the two squads as each school will host a game while the third contest will be played at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla., home of the minor league Jacksonville Suns and the 2007 ACC Baseball Tournament. Last year, the two schools exchanged wins on the opposing team’s home field with Florida State winning in Gainesville 6-4 and Florida winning in Tallahassee 8-3. Four of the last five games in the series have been played at Alfred McKethan Stadium including the 2005 NCAA Super Regional won by the Gators, two games to none. Tuesday’s game will be aired live on SunSports, while fans can follow all the action over the Internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with live radio broadcast courtesy of 1270 the TEAM.
THE PROBABLE STARTER
TUESDAY: Sophomore Bo O’Dell (1-0) will make his second start of the season looking to build off his first start two weeks ago against UNC Asheville. Against the Bulldogs, O’Dell worked four shutout innings allowing just two hits while striking out four. He earned the win as a result of a controlled start declared before the start of the game. O’Dell didn’t allow a hit until the top of the fourth as the sophomore right hander retired the first four batters that he faced including a one, two, three first inning as the Seminoles rolled to the 15-1 victory. The Kissimmee, Fla., native has appeared in three games this season and has yet to yield a run in six innings of work. He has held opponents to a .217 batting average and has struck out nine, while giving up just walks. As a freshman in 2006, O’Dell went 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA at Seminole Community College. He combined on three shutouts and recorded a save, while ranking second on the team with 57 innings pitched. He finished the season with 42 strikeouts, 28 walks and opponents hitting .242 against him.
AGAINST THE GATORS
Of the Seminoles on the 2007 roster, only Jack Rye, Josh Spivey and Tony Thomas, Jr., have seen the most playing time against Florida as the three have played in all seven games the past two seasons. Thomas has garnered a .261 (6-for-23) batting average with two home runs, a triple, seven runs and four RBI’s. Last year, Thomas went 3-for-8 with a home run and three RBI’s. Rye has hit .227 in seven games against the Gators posting a pair of doubles and two RBI’s. A season ago Dennis Guinn hit .333 in two starts with three hits in nine at-bats. He hit a home run, a double and scored twice.
Defensively, seven pitchers on the current roster have made an appearance against Florida including two starts by Bryan Henry (both in 2005) and a start by Michael Hyde (2006). Brian Chambers, Trent Jarvis, Caleb Graham, Luke Tucker and Travis Burge have all made relief appearances. Graham pitched four innings in relief allowing no runs on just one hit while striking out three. Chambers has also pitched well against the Gators in two relief appearances back in 2005. Chambers threw two scoreless innings of one hit ball, striking out two.