Feb. 28, 2007
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Tallahassee, Fla. –
The Florida State baseball program will travel to Clearwater, Fla., tonight, February 28 for a 6:30 pm exhibition game versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Senior right hander Michael Hyde will start against the Phillies and is projected to throw an inning. 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.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to play the Phillies at one of the best spring training facilities in all of baseball,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “The Seminoles have tremendous fan support in the Tampa Bay Area and this will be great thrill for our players to play against the likes of Ryan Howard, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, who hit 58 home runs last year. ”
This will be the first game for Florida State versus a Major League Club since 2001 when the Seminoles played the Florida Marlins. This will be FSU’s first-ever game versus the Phillies and the program’s ninth all-time meeting with a Major League club. Florida State has faced the Orioles, Yankees, Braves, Royals, Marlins and Devil Rays previously. The Seminoles are 2-6 in those eight exhibitions.
The game will take place at Bright House Networks Field, home of the Phillies spring training and their Class A minor league affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers. Bright House Networks Field is a state-of-the-art ballpark and community sports facility with classic Floridian architecture that opened its gates in 2004. The fan-friendly ballpark holds 8,500 and distinguishes itself with a 360-degree concourse, grass berm seating in the outfield and a tiki-hut pavilion in left field. The children can entertain themselves in the Kid Zone equipped with a playground, inflatables and interactive games. Groups wishing to attend the game can also take advantage of such areas including six corporate and three party suites, club level seating and the picnic terrace. While at the ballpark, fans will also get to enjoy the state-of-the art LED scoreboard situated behind the wall in left center field featuring live in-game action as well as video highlights.
“With over 60 years of tradition between the Phillies and the City of Clearwater, it is great to be able to mesh a school like Florida State University and the Philadelphia Phillies together, two programs with a great tradition of baseball,” said John Timberlake Director of Florida Operations for the Phillies, Florida LLC. “We are really excited about the opportunity to host not only the Florida State baseball team and head coach Mike Martin, but also the Seminole alumni in the Tri-County area. We are looking forward to getting the involvement of those people who may have never experienced our ballpark and treat them to a wonderful evening of baseball.”
Last season, the Phillies finished in second place in the National League East and one-game out of the NL wild card spot.