March 14, 2008 - by
FSU Hosts Georgia Tech For Three Game Set Beginning Friday Night At 6:00 PM

March 13, 2008

FSU Baseball Release No. 6 in PDF Format

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State and Georgia Tech square-off for a three-game series in the second week of conference play for both teams. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 59-37 including a mark of 32-16 on their home turf. FSU snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets by sweeping a three-game set in Atlanta to wrap-up the regular season last year. Despite losing all three games a season ago, Georgia Tech has won 14 of the last 20 games against the Seminoles. This marks the ninth series played in Tallahassee since FSU joined the league in 1992 with the Seminoles taking five of the first eight. The Jackets have won six straight inside Dick Howser Stadium with the last home victory for Florida State coming on April 21, 2002. Five of the last six series have been a result of a three-game sweep with FSU claiming two (2002 and 2007).

Last year, the Seminoles outscored the Yellow Jackets 44-15 pounding out 41 hits while hitting .351 as a team. Defensively, the Garnet and Gold posted a team fielding percentage of .973 while the pitching staff did its job posting a 3.67 ERA in 27 innings of work.

Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Friday, March 14, 6:00 pm
Georgia Tech – LHP, David Duncan (2-0) vs. Florida State – RHP, Elih Villanueva (3-0)
Gametracker: Gametracker
Radio – 1270 the Team: Listen Live
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!

Saturday, March 15, 6:00 pm
Georgia Tech – RHP, Eddie Burns (2-0) vs. Florida State – LHP, Matt Fairel (3-0)
Gametracker: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!

Sunday, March 16, 1:00 pm
Georgia Tech – RHP, Zach Von Tersch (2-0) vs. Florida State – RHP, Ryan Strauss (1-0)
Gametracker: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!

Against The Yellow Jackets
Jason Stidham was named ACC Player of the Week for his performance against the Yellow Jackets last year. Stidham hit .571 (8-for-14) with three doubles and a home run. He drove in a series-high 10 runs and scored five times starting at third base in all three games. Jack Rye has started 10 games against Georgia Tech over the last three seasons and is a .359 career hitter. He has scored 13 runs and tallied eight RBIs. Buster Posey has nine career hits with a home run and five RBIs. Ruairi O’Connor is 4-for-11 with a double, four runs and 2 RBIs in six appearances vs. GT. Senior Dennis Guinn did not face Georgia Tech last year, but hit .333 as a sophomore with a home run and six RBIs.

Jimmy Marshall and Ryan Strauss have worked the most innings against Georgia Tech over the last three seasons. Strauss got the controlled win start last year working four innings allowing a run on four hits as he struck out three and walked one. He pitched a perfect inning in relief in 2005 as he faced just three batters. In 2006, Marshall got one of his two career starts working 3.1 innings against the Yellow Jackets allowing four runs on eight hits. Last year he threw two scoreless innings and did not give up a hit. He has five career strikeouts against the Jackets. Bo O’Dell and Matt Fairel each made an appearance in Atlanta a season ago. Fairel pitched 4.1 scoreless innings allowing four hits while striking out five. O’Dell did not give up a run or hit in an inning of work.

In ACC Play
With last weekend’s three-game sweep of Maryland, Florida State has faired well in opening ACC play posting an all-time record of 43-5 since joining the league back in 1992. The Seminoles have never lost a series to open league play, a string of 17 consecutive series victories. FSU has swept the opening series 12 times including sweeps in six straight seasons.

Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 11 of its last 12 ACC series including six sweeps. The lone series the Seminoles lost during that span was to Clemson last year as the Tigers took 2-of-3 from FSU in Tallahassee.

11, 3 Away From 1500
Florida State’s Mike Martin is approaching yet another milestone as he enters his 29th season as head coach of the Seminole baseball program. With his Seminoles at 13-1 to start the 2008 season, the Hall of Fame coach needs just three victories to become the third Division I coach to reach 1,500 career victories joining Texas’ Augie Garrido (1,639) and Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson (1,613). Martin owns a career record of 1,497-507-4 good for an all-time winning percentage of .746 which ranks third in the NCAA among active Division I coaches.

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.

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