March 15, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sixth-ranked Florida State (14-2) returns home following a six-game road swing to play five games in five days on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles host Virginia (11-5-1) for a three-game ACC series, Saturday-Monday, March 17-19 before welcoming Stetson (13-3) to Florida’s state capitol for two-games beginning Tuesday, March 20.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 45-19 and have been dominant at home against the Cavaliers posting a record of 23-5 inside the friendly confines of Dick Howser Stadium.
Virginia has held the upper hand in the series as of late winning six of the last eight games including two wins over Florida State in the ACC Championship game – both in Durham – in 2009 and 2011.
In a series dating back to 1972, the Seminoles have dropped three of 18 regular season series (14-3-1) against UVa with all three series losses coming in the last three years. Of the 64 games played between the two schools, 30 have been decided by three runs or less including 18 (FSU 10-8) by only one-run. FSU is 18-12 in those three-run games including a record of 7-4 in Tallahassee. Nine of the last 13 games in the series have been decided by three runs or less.
Last year in Charlottesville, all three games were decided in extra innings by one-run with UVa winning two of three. Virginia then defeated Florida State 7-2 in Durham to claim its second ACC championship in the last three years.
Florida State hit .235 in the four games against Virginia last year, while the staff ERA came in at 5.82.
Devon Travis led the Seminoles offensively with seven hits and three doubles en route to hitting .368 in the four games.
All three games against the Cavaliers will broadcast live on television with Saturday (8:00 p.m.) and Monday’s (7:00 p.m.) contests on ESPNU and Sunday’s game on ESPN3 (2:00 p.m.).
Stetson rolls into Tallahassee for two games beginning Tuesday, March 20. The Seminoles lead the all-time series against the Hatters 45-21 and owns a record of 28-13 on Mike Martin Field. FSU has won seven of its last eight games against the Hatters in Tallahassee.
Both teams split the season series a year ago with each school winning on their opponent’s home turf. Stetson defeated FSU in Tallahassee 6-4, while the Seminoles returned the favor by downing the Hatters in DeLand 13-1.
Florida State had a run of 12 straight wins over Stetson, the longest win streak for either team in the series, before the Hatters snapped the streak with a victory in Tallahassee in 2011.
This year marks the third time since 2005 that FSU and Stetson will square-off four times in the same year with two games being played on their home turf (2005 & 2008). Florida State is 8-0 in those two years combined outscoring Stetson 78-30. Since 2005, seven of the 11 games in the series have been decided by four runs or less with the Seminoles owning a record of 6-1 during that span.
Last year, four Seminoles hit over .500 in the series against Stetson led by shortstop Justin Gonzalez, who hit .571 with three runs scored and two RBI in the two games. Robert Benincasa started and picked up the victory in DeLand throwing 5.0 innings allowing a run on five hits.
The two-game mid-week series against the Hatters will air live over the internet on Seminoles All-Access.
Live stats for all five games will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.