FSU Baseball 4/13/07
Virginia Tech comes to Tallahassee....
Friday: FSU vs Virginia Tech 7:00 (Henry 8-0, 2.60 ERA) (TV - Sunsports)
Saturday: FSU vs Virginia Tech 4:30 (Hyde 8-2, 2.82)
Sunday: FSU vs Virginia Tech 1:00 (Strauss 7-0, 2.59 ERA
Florida State Returns Home For Weekend Series Against Virginia Tech The Seminoles are 27-0 at home in 2007 and have won 11 straight on their home turf against the Hokies.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE VIRGINIA TECH SERIES
Virginia Tech travels to Tallahassee for a three-game series for the second time in three years. Florida State leads the all-time series 25-5, including a record of 20-4 in games played inside Dick Howser Stadium. The overall winning percentage of .883 is third among ACC opponents (Boston College 1.000, Maryland .941, Virginia Tech .833, Wake Forest .790 and Virginia .784). The Seminoles had a streak of 15 consecutive victories over the Hokies before Virginia Tech downed FSU 9-7 last year in Blacksburg. Florida State has won 11 straight games at home over the Hokies with the last Virginia Tech win in Tallahassee coming on April 21, 1989, a 7-5 VT victory. FSU has been victorious in 16 of the last 17 meetings overall. The Seminoles have held the Hokie offense in check over the last eight games played in Tallahassee as the Garnet and Gold have yielded just two runs per game.
THE HOKIES IN 2007
Virginia Tech enters the weekend with an overall record of 17-17, 6-7 on the road and 4-11 in the ACC. The Hokies defeated Richmond at home in their lone mid-week game as their contest against Radford on Wednesday was postponed due to weather. Virginia Tech has gone 3-3 on the road in the ACC as the Hokies opened league play in 2007 taking two of three from Georgia Tech in Atlanta. VT has dropped four straight league series including back-to-back sweeps at the hands of Virginia and Clemson. Through 34 games, Virginia Tech is batting .291, while posting a team ERA of 5.87. Sean O'Brien, Nate Parks and Warren Schaeffer have started all 34 games for the Hokies this season, while O'Brien leads the team with a .349 average. Parks is the team leader in runs scored (32), while he sits a top the ACC in stolen bases with 29 in 33 attempts.
FLORIDA STATE IN ACC PLAY
Florida State is 10-2 in the ACC and has won all four, three-game series to start the 2007 season. The Seminoles boast a perfect 6-0 record at home after opening league play with a pair of series sweeps over Wake Forest and Boston College. For the second year in a row and for the seventh time overall, FSU has started a season at 6-0 on its home turf. In 2001 and 2002, the Seminoles went undefeated at home in conferece play posting a perfect 12-0 record. 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 just three times.
HOLD IT RIGHT THERE
Florida State is leading the ACC in limiting the opposition to the fewest number of stolen bases attempted in 2007. Opponents have attempted a league low 20 stolen bases against the Seminoles and catcher Buster Posey is a big reason for that. Through 35 games, Posey is throwing out 36.8% of attempted base stealers. He has had only 19 stolen base attempts against him all season. Posey has also picked off a pair of base runners on the season. To put the number in perspective, UNC is second in the ACC with 38 stolen bases attempted on them.