March 20, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – For the second time since Virginia Tech joined the ACC in 2005, Florida State will travel to Blacksburg, Va., to face the Hokies for a three-game set. The Seminoles have won four straight and 19 of the last 20 games against VT, while FSU leads the all-time series 28-5 including a mark of 5-1 at English Field. The lone win for Virginia Tech at home came in 2006 when Virginia Tech took the middle game of three-game set 9-7. The overall winning percentage of .848 is third among ACC opponents trailing Boston College (1.000) and Maryland (.947). Florida State has outscored Virginia Tech 63-34 on their home turf. In 1990, the series finale featured the highest scoring game in series history as the Seminoles were victorious by a score of 25-14.
Last year, the Seminoles swept a three-game set in Tallahassee. In game one, Florida State scored 12 runs in the first three innings and got six innings of two-hit ball from starter Bryan Henry as the Seminoles rolled 14-1. Behind a 4-for-4 performance by Jack Rye, FSU edged Virginia Tech 4-3 thanks to a sacrifice fly RBI by Brandon Reichert in the bottom of the eighth to break a 3-3 tie. After being down by as many as five runs, Virginia Tech cut the lead to one but couldn’t get past the Seminoles as FSU hung on for an 8-5 victory and the series sweep.
Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Friday, March 21, 5:30 pm
Florida State – LHP, Matt Fairel (4-0) vs. Virginia Tech – RHP, Jesse Hahn (1-2)
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Radio – 1270 the Team: Listen Live
Saturday, March 22, 5:30 pm
Florida State – RHP, Elih Villanueva (3-0) vs. Virginia Tech – LHP, Sean McDermott (1-2)
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Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
Webcast – ACC Select: Watch the Game Live!
Against The Hokies
Senior Jack Rye has had the most success against the Hokies batting .433 in nine career games. He has registered six runs, eight RBIs, three doubles and a triple during that span. Buster Posey has been very consistent in his six games vs. VT registering five hits in 12 at-bats in each of the last two seasons. Posey has a home run, three doubles, five RBIs and seven runs scored all-time against Virginia Tech. In 2005, Ruairi O’Connor hit .375 with a pair of doubles and five RBIs. Dennis Guinn’s most productive outing against Virginia Tech over the last three seasons came as a sophomore in Blacksburg. Guinn hit .438 in the series with a double, two triples and a pair of home runs. He drove in seven runs that weekend while crossing the plate five times. Guinn is hitting .357 in his career against the Hokies.
On the mound, senior Ryan Strauss tied a career-high with seven innings in a win last year in Tallahassee. He allowed one run on four hits while striking out four. In 2005, Strauss threw three innings of shutout baseball. Matt Fairel saw an inning of work and allowed one run, unearned, on two hits. Jimmy Marshall has made two relief appearances against the Hokies and has yet to yield a run in two innings of work.
Over the last three seasons since the Hokies joined the ACC beginning in 2005, Florida State is 8-1 against Virginia Tech. The Seminoles have hit .348 as a club and have posted a team ERA of 2.81. On the flip side, the Hokies have hit .224 as a unit and have posted a team ERA of 7.56.
In ACC Play
Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 12 of its last 13 ACC series including seven 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. Already in 2008, Florida State has swept both Maryland and Georgia Tech to start the season 6-0 in the conference. The Seminoles won their first seven ACC games last season before falling to Duke in game two of the series. It was the Seminoles’ best start in league play since the 1999 season when the Garnet and Gold started 13-0. Since joining the ACC in 1992, FSU has started league play winning its first six games just four times.
11 Reaches 1500 Career Wins
Florida State’s Mike Martin added yet another milestone to his already illustrious career as the Hall of Fame coach became just the third coach in NCAA Division I history to reach 1,500 career victories. With Sunday’s victory over Georgia Tech, Martin joined Texas’ Augie Garrido (1,642) and Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson (1,616) atop that plateau. Martin owns a career record of 1,500-508-4 good for an all-time winning percentage of .747 which ranks third in the NCAA among active Division I coaches.
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