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Florida State Opens ACC Play Against Maryland This Weekend

March 7, 2008

FSU Baseball Release No. 4 in PDF Format

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State welcomes Maryland to Tallahassee in the ACC opener for both teams. FSU leads the all-time series 51-3, including a 25-2 record in games played inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles enter this weekend’s series winners of 30 straight games over the Terrapins including 14 consecutive victories at home. The Terps last victory over Florida State came on March 26, 1998 in Tallahassee. The other Maryland victory against FSU at Dick Howser Stadium came on March 19, 1994 a 6-4 decision. Florida State has won all 16 series against Maryland since joining the ACC in 1992. FSU’s .944 winning percentage over Maryland is the second highest among ACC opponents trailing only Boston College, who the Seminoles have defeated in all six games since the Eagles joined the conference in 2006.

Jack Rye is the only Seminole that has played in all nine games against Maryland over the past three seasons. He is a .313 career hitter against the Terps registering three runs and three RBIs. Ruairi O’Connor has faired well with four hits in 12 at-bats with three runs scored, a home run and four RBIs. Dennis Guinn did not see action against Maryland in College Park a season ago as he was out with a PCL tear to his right knee. In 2006, Guinn drove in five runs on three hits. Buster Posey is 7-for-22 (.318) all-time against the Terps with four runs and four RBIs.

On the mound, only two current Seminoles have seen action against Maryland and both individuals combined for two innings of work last year. Jimmy Marshall threw an inning allowing two hits, while Matt Fairel collected two strikeouts in one inning of work.

Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Friday, March 7, 6:00 pm
Maryland – RHP, Scott Swinson (1-1) vs. Florida State – RHP, Elih Villanueva (2-0)
Gametracker: Gametracker
Radio – 1270 the Team: Listen Live

Saturday, March 8, 6:00 pm
Maryland – RHP, Kevin Biringer (1-0) vs. Florida State – LHP, Matt Fairel (2-0)
Gametracker: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live

Sunday, March 9, 12:00 pm
Maryland – RHP, Jensen Pupa (0-2) vs. Florida State – RHP, Ryan Strauss (1-0)
Gametracker: Gametracker
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live

In Opening ACC Play
Florida State has faired well in opening ACC play posting an all-time record of 40-5 since joining the ACC back in 1992. The Seminoles have never lost a series to open league play, a string of 16 consecutive series victories. FSU has swept the opening series 11 times including sweeps in five straight seasons. The last time the Garnet and Gold lost a game in an opening series was on March 15, 2002 at Virginia. Since then the Seminoles have rattled off 19 consecutive victories to open league play. This weekend marks the fifth time Florida State has opened league play against Maryland and the third time in the last five seasons. The Seminoles have faced Virginia and Maryland the most in opening ACC play. FSU is 11-1 all-time when kicking off the season against the Terrapins.

Seminole Quick Hits
* Freshman Mike McGee and senior Dennis Guinn have been named ACC Player of the Week in the first two weeks of the season.

* The Seminoles have hit 17 home runs through the first nine games of the season. To put that number in prospective, it wasn’t until game No. 30 of the 2007 season that the Seminoles hit their 17th home run. Ten different Seminoles have registered a home run this year while six different Seminoles hit a round tripper in the first game of a doubleheader against Duquesne to open the season. It was the first time since May 4, 2007 at Maryland that FSU hit six home runs in one game.

* Head coach Mike Martin is just seven wins shy of becoming the third Division I coach in NCAA history to reach 1,500 career victories.

* Florida State enters the season looking to build off last year’s 24-6 league mark and its first ACC Atlantic Division title. The Seminoles have averaged just over 50 wins since 2000 and will chase their 31st consecutive NCAA Regional appearance in 2008, the second longest streak in the nation.

* Former Seminole shortstop and head coach Dick Howser was among the list of 12 inductees to the 2008 College Baseball Hall of Fame as announced this week.

* Buster Posey and Jack Rye were named to the preseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, while Posey joined Ryan Strauss and Jason Stidham on the preseason watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award. Posey and Rye were named preseason All-Americans. Posey and Strauss were recently named to the Johnny Bench and Roger Clemens Award watch list, respectively.

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.

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