Feb. 26, 2007
A QUICK LOOK AT THE NORTH FLORIDA GAME
Florida State welcomes North Florida to town in just the second meeting between the two schools. The Seminoles last met the Ospreys back on March 28, 2006 marking the first-ever meeting. FSU defeated UNF 14-8 in Tallahassee last year. 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. This season the Ospreys have gotten off to a slow start losing their first seven games, but rebounded last week taking two of three from Towson to sit at 2-8 on the year. Tuesday’s contest will be the seventh road game already for UNF in 2007. Florida State will mark the second ACC opponent that North Florida has faced this season. UNF dropped a 10-1 decision to Virginia at the Coastal Carolina Tournament in Conway, S.C. in the second game of the year.
Probable starter for FSU vs. North Florida: Bo O’Dell (1-0, 4.91 ERA)
NOTING THE SEMINOLES
At 13-0, Florida State is off to its best start since 1975 when the team started 15-0 under then head coach Woody Woodward. That season also marked the first year as an assistant coach in the Garnet and Gold for Mike Martin. In 1975, the Seminoles went to the College World Series finishing seventh nationally by Collegiate Baseball with a mark of 49-10.
Four Seminoles enter this week’s games with a hitting streak of 10 or more games. Tony Thomas, Jr. and Jason Stidham have each tallied a hit in the first 13 games of the season. Buster Posey has hit in 11 straight games, while Jack Rye is at a 10-game hitting streak.
Florida State will look to post a perfect record in the month of February with a win over North Florida on Tuesday. It will be just the fifth time in the 60-year history of Seminole baseball that FSU went perfect in the month of February and the first time since 1979 when the Seminoles went 2-0. The best all-time undefeated record in the month of February is 5-0 posted back in 1976.
70 of the 155 runs scored this season by FSU have come with two outs in an inning. That is 45.2% of the Seminoles runs production in 2007 coming with two outs.
Danny Rosen registered the first two Seminole saves last weekend against Appalachian State, the first two of his career.