May 5, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State returns home after four consecutive road games to face UCF in a three-game, non-conference series. The Seminoles (34-11), ranked in the top 10 in three of four major national polls, check in at No. 6 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. The Knights (28-17) are facing FSU for the first time since the 2004 NCAA Regional in Tallahassee. Third-year UCF coach Terry Rooney, who cut his teeth as a pitching coach and recruit- ing coordinator, was on the Stetson staff that played at FSU in the 2002 NCAA Regional. He joined the Knights after his second stint with LSU.
Seminoles lead all-time series with Knights
FSU leads the all-time series with UCF 19-4, including a 16-2 mark at Dick Howser Stadium. All 23 previous meetings have come with Mike Martin at the helm of the `Noles; The last three series meetings between the schools came in the 2004 NCAA Regional in Tallahassee. After splitting the first two games, FSU posted a 19-3 victory over the Knights to capture the title. The Seminoles and Knights have faced five common opponents in 2011 – Maine, Boston College, Miami, Stetson and Florida. The Knights are 5-1 against common foes, including a 2-0 mark against Florida, with their lone blemish coming in a 4-1 loss at Miami. The `Noles are 10-3 against common foes, including a 3-1 mark against UF and 2-1 record against UM.
Graduation on the diamond Saturday
Nine FSU players will take part is a special graduation ceremony on the field prior to Saturday’s game. Florida State president Dr. Eric Barron will preside over the first-of-its-kind ceremony as Daniel Bennett (criminology), Taiwan Easterling (social science), Tyler Everett (finance), Rafael Lopez (social science/political science), Mike McGee (political science/econom- ics), Jack Posey (social science), Robby Scott (sociology), Robby Stahl (human sciences) and Stuart Tapley (finance) are scheduled to flip their tassels shortly before the first pitch. Saturday’s game will also be televised by SunSports with Gene Deckerhoff and Keith Jones on the call.
Gilmartin closing on Top 10 status
Junior left-hander and Friday night starter Sean Gilmartin is ascending the Florida State career records lists. With his next victory, Gilmartin will pull into a tie for 10th place on FSU’s career wins list with 29, equaling the total of current Major Leaguer Randy Choate, who logged 29 wins between 1995-97. Jon McDonald (9th, 31 wins) and Bryan Henry (8th, 32) are also within striking distance. The California native’s 278 career strikeouts puts him just outside the top 10 and within reach of former No. 1 overall draft choice Paul Wilson, who rang up 299 K’s for the `Noles between 1992-94. Beyond the career standards within Gilmartin’s reach, his 7-1 record and 1.48 ERA (over 79.0 innings) also ranks among the best by a Seminole pitcher in a season. The last FSU pitcher to post an ERA under 2.00 with 101 or more innings at the conclusion of a season was Jonathan Johnson (1.68, ’93). Even more impressively, Gilmartin’s 87 strikeouts against just 14 walks (6.21) is ahead of the single-season Strikeouts-to-Walks record held by Jeff Hill (6.00, 1969).
Ramsey on 23-game hitting streak
Junior James Ramsey extended his career-high and ACC-leading hitting streak to 23 games with his ninth-inning single in Tuesday’s 8-5 win at Jacksonville. It was the second consecutive game he needed a ninth-inning hit to extend the streak. It is the longest streak of any ACC player this season and ranks fourth nationally entering the UCF series. It is also the longest career hitting streak of any active player on the FSU roster. The left-handed swinging right fielder began his streak on March 26 with
a 2-for-4 performance against Wake Forest and entered that game with a .321 average…over the course of the streak Ramsey is 35-for-91 (.380) at the plate with 10 doubles, four homers and 24 RBI.