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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Florida State Faces North Florida In Mid-Week Match-up

March 27, 2007

Tallahassee, Fla. –
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Florida State welcomes North Florida to town for the second time this season. The two teams met back on February 27 as the Seminoles defeated the Ospreys 16-3 at Dick Howser Stadium. This will be the third overall meeting between the two teams as FSU leads the all-time series 2-0. This is the second season as a Division I program for North Florida as the Ospreys are a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Last season, UNF finished with a record of 34-21, 20-10 in conference play, good for second place in the A-Sun. Florida State is 1-1 against members of the A-Sun (defeated UNF, lost to JU) in 2007, while North Florida is 0-2 with losses against Virginia and the Seminoles.

Florida State vs. North Florida, 6:00 PM, ACC Select
Florida State: Caleb Graham, rhp, 0-1, 2.55 ERA
North Florida: Andrew Stilley, lhp, 0-0, 0.00 ERA

North Florida got off to a slow start losing its first seven games and nine of their first 11. But the Ospreys have rebounded nicely going 8-6 over their last 14 games to run their overall record to 10-15. UNF opened league play last weekend at home against Stetson as the Hatters took two of three. Jon Dandrige leads the team in hitting with a .360 average starting in 24 games. As a team the Ospreys are hitting .274, while posting a season ERA of 6.19.

Florida State scored in six of the eight innings that they batted tallying multiple runs in five of those six innings. Sophomore Bo O’Dell got his third start of the season and pitched five innings to run his record to 2-0. Jack Rye collected a game-high three hits including a two-run shot in the bottom of the first. Rye also knocked in a season-high six RBI’s. It was the first six-RBI performance by a Seminole since Eddy Martinez-Esteve drove in six at Wake Forest on May 21, 2004. Stephen Cardullo registered his first career-hit, a three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning. Caleb Graham and Casey Whitmer combined for four innings of one-hit relief as each pitcher tallied three strikeouts a piece. Whitmer faced the minimum in the top of the ninth he the struck out the side.

TUESDAY: Caleb Graham will make his second collegiate start on Tuesday night against North Florida. The sophomore right hander got his first start last week against Jacksonville in a 5-3 Florida State loss. He tied a career-high pitching four innings against the Dolphins allowing five runs, one earned, on five hits. He struck out three and walked two. Graham has appeared in nine games this season and has pitched 17.2 innings allowing 11 runs, five earned, on 13 hits. He has struck out 16 batters, while walking nine. Graham is limiting opponents to a .197 batting average on the year. He threw against the Ospreys in their first meeting of the season back on February 27 throwing three scoreless innings. He allowed just one hit and struck out three. Graham earned his first collegiate save in his three innings of work against Siena. After striking out one batter in his first four appearances, the Tampa, Fla., native has posted three strikeouts in five consecutive games. His last three strikeout performance came in 4.0 innings of work against Jacksonville last Wednesday.

Florida State is 2-1 in mid-week contests this season suffering its first loss of the season at Jacksonville last Wednesday. FSU’s two wins have come against Florida (14-6) in Gainesville and North Florida (16-3) in Tallahassee. After Tuesday’s game against the Ospreys, the Seminoles will play four more mid-weeks games including two more against JU and two more against Florida.

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