Feb. 7, 2007
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NOTING THE SEMINOLES
- Florida State begins a season at 3-0 for the 20th time in 28 seasons under head coach Mike Martin.
- The Seminoles swept the three game series against Tennessee last week marking the ninth straight sweep of a series to open a season for Florida State.
- Florida State outscored Tennessee 32-9 last weekend as the Seminoles pounded 43 hits compiling a weekend batting average of .387. The Seminoles were equally impressive on the defensive side posting a perfect fielding percentage through the first three games. FSU did not make a single error in 110 chances against the Volunteers.
- Of the 43 hits registered in the 2007 opening series against Tennessee, 13 went as extra base hits including 11 doubles, one triple and one home run. Junior Jack Rye had the lone home run of the weekend, a three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth on Friday evening, in Florida State‘s 9-2 victory.
- Florida State will chase its 29th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance this season.
- Mike Martin is just eight wins away from moving into fifth place for all-time career wins in NCAA Baseball history.
- The Seminoles played in the program’s 28th consecutive NCAA Tournament last season.
- FSU moved up in the rankings in week two and now sit 10th (13th LW) by Collegiate Baseball, 14th (18th LW) by Baseball America, and entered the Rivals.com poll for the first time this season with a ranking of 20 (NR LW). NCBWA and USA Today have yet to update their polls for the season. The Seminoles currently sit 15th by the NCBWA and 17th by the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll.
- Of the 35 players on Florida State‘s 2007 roster, 31 have two years experience or less as Seminoles.
- The 2007 roster features just two players that were on the team when FSU last won an ACC Championship in 2004.
- The only Seminole who has played in each of the last three seasons is relief pitcher Brian Chambers. Chambers made two relief appearances on opening weekend pitching 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out three.
- The last time FSU began a season with just one fourth-year senior on the roster was 2004.
- Eight teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Baseball Tournament are on the Seminoles’ schedule in 2007.
- Half of the 2006 College World Series field was made up of ACC teams and FSU will play weekend series with all four of those squads.
- Players who accounted for 47 of FSU’s 69 homeruns in 2006 are back this year.
- Florida State has hit 55 or more homers for 12 straight seasons.
- For the fourth time in the last five seasons, the Seminoles fielded .964 or better. Through the first three games of 2007, Florida State is perfect from the field (1.000) in 110 chances.
- The 2005 and 2006 squads rank as two of the top five best defensive teams in FSU history.
- Bryan Henry has a chance to become the first three-time All-ACC first team selection in school history.
- The Seminoles lost pitchers that accounted for 23 of the team’s 44 wins in 2006.
- Seven of Florida State‘s top nine pitchers as far as ERA are back in 2007.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE UNC ASHEVILLE SERIES
For the second consecutive season, the Seminoles welcome the Bulldogs to Tallahassee, Fla., for a three game set Friday – Sunday, February 9-11. Florida State leads the all-time series 14-1 as the Seminoles have won five straight over UNC Asheville. Last year, FSU swept the three game series at Dick Howser Stadium outscoring the Bulldogs 27-3. Bryan Henry was the Friday starter a season ago working seven solid innings of shutout baseball allowing only three hits while striking out nine. Florida State has registered three shutouts in the series including a 10-0 victory in the first of a three-game set last year. In 15 prior meetings, FSU has held UNC Asheville to three runs or less 13 times. Dating back to the first game of the series played on March 15, 1994, every game in the series has been played in Tallahassee.