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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: FSU Travels to Georgia Tech for Final Regular Season Series of 2007

May 15, 2007

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Thursday, May 17, 2007, 7:00 pm; TV – Sports South & Sun Sports (Live in Tallahassee, joined in progress at 8:30 pm for the rest of Florida); Radio – 1270 the TEAM
Florida State – Bryan Henry, rhp, vs. Georgia Tech – David Duncan, lhp

Friday, May 18, 2007, 7:00 pm; TV – Sports South; Radio – 1270 the TEAM
Florida State – Michael Hyde, rhp, vs. Georgia Tech – Eddie Burns, rhp

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 4:00 pm; TV – Comcast Sports South; Radio – 1270 the Team; Web cast – ACC Select
Florida State – TBA vs. Georgia Tech – Ryan Turner, lhp

Florida State and Georgia Tech square-off on the diamond in the final regular season series for both teams. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 56-37 including a mark of 18-14 in games played at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets have had the upper hand in the series as of late, winners of 14 of the last 17 games including a current streak of eight wins in a row. This marks the eighth series played in Atlanta since FSU joined the league in 1992 with the Seminoles taking four of the first seven. Georgia Tech has swept the last three season series against the Seminoles including the 2005 series played on the Yellow Jackets’ home turf. FSU’s last regular season victory over GT was May 4, 2003 in Atlanta, a game won by Florida State 12-7.

Georgia Tech currently sits third in the Coastal Division with a league mark of 15-11. The Yellow Jackets enter the series with a record of 31-20 and 21-7 at home. Thursday’s game marks the first home for Georgia Tech in the month of May as they last played a home game back on April 22, a 7-3 victory over NC State. The Jackets have lost three of their last four games and three of their last four ACC series. Danny Payne and Matt Wieters lead the offensive charge for Georgia Tech in 2007. Payne leads the team in hitting with a .393 avereage, while Wieters leads the team with 10 home runs and 56 RBI’s. As a team, GT is batting .297 while fielding .968. On the mound, the Jackets come into the series with a team ERA of 4.66. David Duncan has 14 starts and is 6-3 with a 3.34 ERA.

Brian Chambers is the only player on the current Seminole roster to have faced the Yellow Jackets at least once over the last three seasons. He has made five appearances pitching 5.1 innings allowing a combined two runs and five hits while striking out three. Jack Rye has had the most success at the plate hitting .300 (9-for-30) in eight games. Rye scored six times, registered two doubles and two RBI’s.

Buster Posey and Dennis Guinn each hit .333 last year (4-for-12). Guinn hit a home run, drove in six and scored once, while Posey hit a home run, had one RBI and scored twice.

Bryan Henry (0-0) and Mike Hyde (0-0) have combined for two starts in four career appearances, while Ryan Strauss pitched an inning in relief in `05 striking out a batter without giving up a run or hit.

By defeating Clemson 11-1 last Friday, Florida State clinched its first Atlantic Division title in school history assuring the Seminoles of either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. Last Sunday, FSU clinched the No. 1 overall seed. Despite losing its first three-game weekend series of the season dropping 2-of-3 from Clemson, Florida State received some help thanks to a Georgia Tech victory over North Carolina in game two and NC State taking 2-of-3 from the Virginia Cavaliers. It’s the seventh time in school history and the first since 2003 that Florida State has earned the top seed in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles enter this weekend’s series against the Jackets with a record of 21-6 and 9-3 on the road. FSU reached the 20-win plateau in game two of the series against Maryland marking the third time in school history that Florida State has won 20 or more ACC games in a season. The school record for the most league victories in a season is 22 set in 1999, that year the Seminoles finished league play at 22-2. FSU has recorded nine ACC road victories five times since joining the league in 1992 and for the first time since the schedule expanded to 15 road games. With two victories over Miami in Coral Gables, Florida State surpassed last year’s ACC win total of 16. Since joining the league in 1992, FSU is the only team in the ACC to post 14 or more league wins in each of the last 16 seasons. This year Florida State won its first seven conference games before falling at Duke in game two of the series. It was the Seminoles’ best start in ACC play since 1999 when the Garnet and Gold started 13-0. Since joining the ACC in 1992, FSU started league play winning its first six games three times. On the road this season, FSU has won all four series including a sweep of Maryland.

Before Florida State’s weekend series against Duke beginning back on March 30, the Seminoles had 12 home runs through the first 28 games. They left Durham with 21 round trippers in 2007. Yes, Seminole batters hit nine home runs vs. Duke, three in each series, including five by second baseman Tony Thomas, Jr. Thomas hit back-to-back homers in his first two at-bats in game one including the team’s first lead off home run of the season. Tommy Oravetz hit his first collegiate homer, while Mark Hallberg hit his first round tripper as a Seminole. Twenty-six of the 44 home runs hit by Florida State this season have come on the road including the nine hit against Duke. Florida State hit seven against Maryland including six in the first game. FSU registered five home runs against Miami while hitting three in game one. The Seminoles have hit three or more home runs in a single-game five times in 2007. Three others have come on the road vs. the Gators including two in Gainesville and one in Jacksonville. The final two came against NC State in Raleigh.

Mark Gildea has started 18 straight games in center field and has performed nicely both offensively and defensively for the Seminoles. Since moving into the starting role back on April 8 against NC State, Gildea is hitting .459 (28-for-61). He has posted hits in 12 games, eight multi-hit contests including six games of three hits or more. Gildea had a career-high four hits in the second game against Maryland as the sophomore right hander went 4-for-4 with three RBI’s and three runs scored. Most of Gildea’s damage has come in ACC play where he has hit .414 in 25 games which ranks third in the league. His on base percentage of .518 during conference play is tops on the team and second overall in the ACC. He is eighth in slugging percentage at .543.

Bryan Henry remained perfect on the season moving his record to 13-0 in 15 starts after pitching eight innings in FSU’s 11-1 victory over Clemson last weekend. Henry becomes the eighth pitcher to reach the 13-win plateau in a single season since Florida State joined the ACC back in 1992. He is also the first pitcher to 13 wins since Matt Lynch went 13-4 in 2003.

The win was also career victory No. 31 for Henry, moving him into a tie for eighth place all-time on the career wins list at Florida State with Jon McDonald (1998-00). With eight straight victories, the senior right hander moved past Randy Choate (29) and Jeff Gray (28) on the career wins list. A win over Georgia Tech on Thursday will move him into sole possession of eighth place all-time.

Travis Anderson saw his average raise 40 points after Florida State’s three-game sweep of Maryland two weeks ago. Anderson entered the series hitting .250 and left with a .290 batting average. The senior right hander went 6-for-13 with six RBI’s and four runs scored as he belted two home runs and two doubles.

Anderson has started as the Seminoles’ designated hitter in eight straight games while making his first start of the season in left field in game one against Clemson. During these last nine games, he is hitting .344 (11-for-32) with nine runs, eight RBI’s, three doubles and three HR’s.

Mark Hallberg has been a welcome addition to the Florida State roster since transferring from Illinois-Chicago a season ago. The junior from Barron, Wisc. has started all 52 games at shortstop where he has posted a fielding percentage of .974. Hallberg is fourth on the team in hitting and third in RBI’s. But the stat that is overlooked the most is his team leading 17 total sacrifices including 14 sacrifice bunts. His sacrifice total is tied for the third most in a single season at Florida State with Jose Zabala (1998). Aaron Cheesman holds the single-season record with 22 total sacrifice back in 2005.

Jimmy Marshall has been a solid go-to-guy out of the bullpen in 2007. The sophomore right hander has made 20 relief appearances this season working 28 innings. Marshall is 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA to lead all relievers. He has allowed a run to score in just four of his 20 appearances and has one game in which he gave up two runs, the most runs allowed by Marshall in any outing. He currently has not allowed a run to score in his last nine innings of work.

Junior Jack Rye has started all 52 games this year with 51 of those starts coming in right field, where he has been perfect all season long. The Irvine, Calif., native has not committed an error in 102 fielding chances while being credited with a pair of outfield assists. Both assists have come on plays at the plate.

Check out this weekend’s complete game notes against Georgia Tech in the pdf attachment listed above.

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