March 2013 Archives
Quality Wins: Bethune-Cookman
Bad Losses: Princeton, Maine, Fairfield, and Back-to-Back season home-opening losses to St. Joseph's
This Stetson club is young and inexperienced. Head Coach Pete Dunn probably wishes the trip to Tallahassee was a little later in the year, due to the seven new starters Dunn showcases in his lineup.
Stetson had seven players drafted last year. Six of them signed and one returned (Kurt Schluter, RHP).
Stetson is patient at the plate and likes to work counts, similar to the approach of Florida State. They lack middle of the order punch with only two team homeruns, but have some guys in those spots that have been consistently getting on base. They are currently 165th in the country in team hitting.
The Stetson defense has been suspect. They are second to last in the Atlantic Sun Conference with 32 errors on the season. This is a direct reflection of the four new starters on the infield.
Stetson does not match up well with the 'Noles. Their bats have not woken up this season and they face an FSU pitching staff ranked that is currently ranked fifth in the country with an ERA of 1.73.
They have played well in midweek games this season beating Bethune-Cookman and FIU for two of their better victories.
Players to Watch:
2 Kevin Fagan- FR-OF/ IF/RHP - Fagan was a 39th-round selection in the 2012 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants. He is a speedy utility guy who plays each position very well. He has a feel for the game beyond his years. The freshman has gotten off to a slow start this season (.200/10 R/12 RBI), but could be primed for a breakout series at Dick Howser. Fagan is seen as a four-tool guy, with his power not far away from making him a serious professional prospect. Possesses gap-to-gap power and can really ignite his club with his speed and aggressiveness on the bases.
17 James Rasmussen- SR- OF - Rasmussen has improved steadily during his time at Stetson and has earned a spot as the cleanup hitter for this young Stetson ball club. Has been very productive for the Hatters this season (.304/13 R/8 RBI), and boasts a strong outfield arm. His father is the Dean of the College of Social Science and Public Policy at Florida State and James attended Chiles High School in Tallahassee.
Patrick Mazeika - FR- 1B - The freshman from Massachusetts has been a key piece to Dunn's lineup (.391/1 HR/11 RBI/15 R). He is a wiry left hander that has great patience at the plate (13 BB ). Mazeika has spent most of the year in the 3-hole for the Hatters.
- Fagan 2B- .200/ 10 R/
12 RBI - Has wheels and sets the table well with aggressive "gamer"
- Blackman CF- .244/ 6
R/ 7 BB- Patient hitter with a smooth stroke; will be aggressive if
challenged but usually tries to give his team a good, productive at-bat
- Mazeika 1B- .391/ 1
HR/ 11 RBI- Sweet swinging lefty reminds me of KC Royals 1B Eric Hosmer at the plate; patient (Top
5 in A-Sun BB); Possesses some of the best power on the team
- Rasmussen LF - .304/
13 R/ 8 RBI - Leads team with 7 doubles; doesn't try and do too much and
stays within himself well; threat to steal on the bases
- Russini C -.274/ 1
HR/ 13 RBI - Left handed hitting catcher always gets a scouts attention; leads
the team in RBI
- Garmendia 3B- .239/
10 R/ 12 RBI- 19th round draft choice in the 2012 MLB Draft has
gotten off to slow start; 18 K; has been productive though in tough spots (12
- Bruce RF- .405/ 7 R/
5 RBI- smooth, flat swing from the left side; productive bottom of the
- Brennan DH- .191/ 4
2B/ 8 RBI
- Smith SS- .180/ 9 R/
2 RBI Shows a lot of range at SS but has a below average arm; hasn't
figured it out at the plate yet after transferring from JUCO
FSU's Keys to the Series:
Florida State has to come ready to play. If they
come out and don't give Stetson the entitlement that they belong on the field
with the 'Noles, then they should take care of business handily. They can't let
the young Hatters get comfortable.
Florida State must put pressure on the suspect Hatters defense, and make their pitchers earn outs.
Must keep Kevin Fagan and K'Shawn Smith off of the base paths
FSU's pitchers should go right at these hitters. They like to see a lot of pitches, so FSU should take advantage by getting ahead in counts.
Expected Participant List
DE Tank Carradine
LB Cory Cox
DT Everett Dawkins
LS Dax Dellenbach
OL Daniel Glauser
K Dustin Hopkins
DE Brandon Jenkins
TE Jonathan Johnson
QB EJ Manuel
DT Anthony McCloud
LB Nick Moody
DB Xavier Pryce
FB Lonnie Pryor
LS/H Chris Revell
CB Xavier Rhodes
RB Debrale Smiley
WR Rodney Smith
DE Toshmon Stevens
LB Sean Tidmus
RB Chris Thompson
OL Menelik Watson
DE Bjoern Werner
LB Vince Williams
OL Alex Barron
CB Avis Commack
DB Jajuan Harley
DL Travis Johnson
CB Greg Reid
TE Beau Reliford
DB Terrance Parks
RB Jermaine Thomas
You coached a lot of players over the years and many of those guys have gained a lot of weight after football, which some believe shortens life spans. Would you comment?
Bowden: Most athletes after they quit playing and performing do gain weight because they are used to eating what they want and they don't burn the calories off like they used to. As linemen, Joe and Henry were big to begin with so it's natural that they would get even larger after they quit playing
Do you think Joe and Henry are good examples for America and for former athletes alike?
Bowden: I hope Joe wins the Biggest Loser. He and his brother Henry have both lost over 100 pounds. They are setting a good example for America and for our former Athletes and that is what people need to see. If Joe and Henry can do it so can you.
They say that former football players die younger than they should because of the weight they carry. Have you seen that?
Bowden: So many of our former athletes do die earlier and its usually because of obesity and its usually because they stop exercising something they did all the time. I see our former players who go off to the NFL coming back 30, 40 50 pounds bigger. America can learn from what Joe and Henry are doing, especially you athletes need to pay attention.
You were diagnosed as a type-two diabetic and dealt with weight loss. What did you do?
Bowden: I lost 20 pounds after I quit coaching because I knew I like to eat and knew I wouldn't be as active as I was when I was coaching. I get out and play golf, hit balls, when I am not out speaking. I like to eat so I am careful of what I eat and I do exercise. I'd like to lose five more.
Former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel is set to appear on an episode of FOX Sports South's "The Panel," which is a 30-minute series of shows that features a prominent college football player on the verge of the NFL Draft.
Manuel recently completed taping of his episode with multiple air dates scheduled throughout the month of April. In the episode, Manuel goes in front of a panel of former NFL players Tim Couch, Takeo Spikes, Ovie Mughelli and Dorsey Levens.
Here are the dates and times that Manuel's episode of "The Panel" will air throughout the country:
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Courtesy of Kidz 1st Fund:
Tallahassee, FL - Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife Candi presented the second Kidz1stFund check in only 19 months to Dr. John Wagner, M.D. and Dr. Margaret L. MacMillan, M.D. co-directors of the Fanconi Anemia Comprehensive Care Clinic at the University of Minnesota Monday evening at a reception at the TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. Kidz1stFund's donations to date toward Fanconi anemia research total $1 million.
"FA is our opponent and we will do everything we can to fight this disease head on," said Jimbo Fisher. "Candi and I knew from the beginning we could make a difference by helping to raise awareness and fund research. Through the generous donors of Kidz1stFund, these million dollars will make a significant difference in the lives of FA patients."
The Fishers created Kidz1stFund after their 7-year old son, Ethan, was diagnosed with the rare blood disorder in 2011. Fanconi anemia is a genetic disease which causes possible birth defects, bone marrow failure and eventually leads to cancer years earlier than the general population. Currently, there is no cure for FA, and yet the Fishers are tirelessly working to help find that cure.
"The world's first successful cord blood transplant was with an FA patient, and now there have been over 23,000 cord blood transplant performed for a variety of diseases to date," said Dr. MacMillan. "FA families like the Fishers continue to push for better treatments for this terrible disease, and we hope to one day be able to find that elusive cure for Ethan and the others with FA."
Kidz1stFund, under the direction of chairwoman, Candi Fisher, made its first pledge of $500,000 in March of 2012 to the University of Minnesota's Amplatz Children's Hospital, doubling the university's research budget for Fanconi anemia.
"We chose the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital because it treats more Fanconi anemia patients needing blood and marrow transplantation than all other hospitals in the country combined," said Candi Fisher. "And because, most importantly, their team of doctors gave us hope that a cure would be found."
Kidz1stFund: Jimbo & Candi Fisher's Kidz1stFund is dedicated to raising awareness and research dollars for Fanconi anemia, the rare disease that affects their younger son, Ethan. Dollars raised through generous donations, online contributions, merchandise, and during special events go toward finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for this life threatening disease.
To learn more about the fund and donate to the cause, please visit www.Kidz1stFund.com.
"Our conference, schools and fans are delighted that Notre Dame will join the ACC on July 1, 2013. The addition of Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse, followed by Louisville in 2014, positions us extremely well with an outstanding collection of 15 member institutions."
"As was previously announced, our annual five games against Notre Dame in football will begin with the 2014 season. This not only will enhance our league's already ambitious football schedules but also will provide terrific fan excitement."
"From a basketball perspective, the level of competition will be second to none. As we look towards the future, there's no denying that ACC Basketball will continue to set even higher standards of excitement and excellence. The competition will be brutal, which is a great thing for our league and fans."
"Notre Dame now looks forward with great anticipation to becoming a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. We are thrilled to join a great group of institutions who share our commitment to the integration of athletics into the academic mission of the university. Our coaches and student-athletes across our athletic programs are truly excited about the new challenges ahead."
The Noles finished the regular in style- defeating two very good teams in Virginia and NC State. As if you haven't heard of him by now, Michael Snaer just simply makes shots to win games. Thursday was no different. Michael did what he does and "Snaer'd" the Cavaliers. On Saturday on Senior Day- all three of the seniors saw action in the game as Joey, Ralfi and Michael all were part of the Noles knocking off NC State. It was a youngster in Freshman Devon Bookert who lead the way with a career high 18 points and clutch free throws down the stretch. Coach HAM and team head to Greensboro for the ACC Tournament as the 6 seed. They open up play Thursday night at 9pm on ESPNU/ACC Network. Follow the Noles on social media. Twitter @FSU_MBasketball and like the Facebook page
Last week the Noles competed in the annual ACC Tournament in Greensboro, NC. The 25th ranked Noles defeated Miami 70-58 on Friday before losing a tough fought game to 5th ranked Duke 72-66 in the semifinals. The Garnet and Gold will have a week off to prepare for the upcoming NCAA Tournament where they look to have an impressive post-season run. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will air live on Monday, March 18th at 7pm on ESPN. Join Coach Sue and the team for the Selection Show Party next Monday night in the President's Box at Doak Campbell Stadium. The doors will open to the fans at 6:30pm as there will be light food and refreshments available. Admission is free and door prizes will be given away throughout the evening. If you haven't already done so, make sure you like our Facebook page today and help us #MakeItCountFSU!
The Seminoles received another stellar performance from a starting pitcher, this time from sophomore left hander Brandon Leibrandt, as the Seminoles opened ACC play Friday night with a 4-0 victory over Boston College. Leibrandt carried a no-hitter into the eighth before finally giving up a hit. Several key defensive plays were made by 3B Jose Brizuela and CF Seth Miller to help preserve the no-hitter into the 8th. Robby Coles came on in the 9th to finish the game and Leibrandt took the win moving his record to a team best 4-0 on the season.
On Saturday the Noles got started early scoring 8 runs in the first two innings led by Jose Brizuela who tied a career-high with three hits on a pair of doubles and a single. Josh Delph went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Seth Miller finished 2-for-3 with two doubles. The Noles went on to take the win 9-4. On Sunday afternoon in the series finale against Boston College. The Noles led from start to finish to complete the sweep of the Eagles and remain undefeated on the year. Peter Miller gave the Noles another outstanding start from the mound as the junior right hander scattered six hits and two walks while finishing the game with seven strikeouts. At 15-0, the Seminoles are off to their best start since 2007, when the Garnet & Gold opened the season with a school-record 23 straight wins. This year's record is tied for the second best start in school history equaling the start of the 1975 squad.
The Softball team hit the road to open ACC play by sweeping the Wolfpack of NC State in Raleigh. Lacey Waldrop continued her excellence in the circle dominating the Red and Black bats all weekend long. Courtney Senas led the way offensively for the Noles racking up hits left and right. Coach Alameda's team will host numerous teams this week with FIU, Tennessee St, Georgia Southern Minnesota all paying a visit to the Capital City. Follow the Noles on Twitter- @FSU_Softball and on the Facebook page- Florida State Seminoles Softball
The 44th ranked Seminoles are on the road this week, playing Oklahoma on Tuesday and opening Georgia Tech on Friday. Friday's match at Georgia Tech will be the first match versus an ACC opponent this season for the Noles! They will return home on Sunday to face Clemson at 12 MP at Scott Spechier Tennis Center!
The No. 16-ranked Florida State women's tennis team suffered a 4-3 upset to No.32 Georgia Tech on Sunday. The Seminoles continue their road trip as they head to Las Vegas to play UNLV on March 13 at 10 AM.
After finishing the USF invitational in third place, the 16th ranked Seminoles return home to host the Seminole intercollegiate Tournament this weekend at the Southwood Golf Club. Tee time is set for 8 am starting on Friday.
Come out and cheer on your Noles!
SWIMMING AND DIVING
The Florida State divers will have their chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships starting on Monday at the NCAA Diving Zone B Qualifier. Five spots will be up for grabs on the men's side, while the women will qualify ten athletes between the three boards
The fourth-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team kicked off the 2013 season with victories over Loyola Marymount and third-ranked Southern California on Sunday at Merle Norman Stadium. The Noles became the first team to win a match at the new arena. Florida State will return to action on Monday just a few miles away against No. 2-ranked Long Beach State and No. 6-ranked UCLA at the 49ers' sand volleyball courts. FSU will face UCLA at 11 a.m. PST before clashing with Long Beach State in a rematch from the 2012 AVCA National Championship Semifinals where the 49ers defeated the Seminoles twice by scores of 4-1 and 3-2 in Gulf Shores, Ala. For updates follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_SVB.
The Noles split last week's games, defeating Wake Forest at home then falling on the road to a red hot North Carolina team. The team returns home this week for the final two regular season games. On Thursday night, Virginia comes to town for a 7pm tip, then on Saturday- NC State visit the Tuck on Senior Day. Michael Snaer, Joey Moreau and Ralfi Portuondo will be honored in their final home game as Seminole. These guys made 3 straight NCAA Tournaments and brought home the schools' first ever ACC Championship in Basketball. Come out and PACK THE TUCK! Follow the Noles on social media. Twitter @FSU_MBasketball and like the Facebook page
It's ACC Tournament time as the 23rd ranked Seminoles are seeded No. 4 entering the Tournament March 7-10 in Greensboro, NC. The Garnet and Gold earned a first-round bye and will open play this Friday, March 8th at 11:00am against the winner of Game 1 (#5 Miami vs. #12 Virginia Tech). The title game will be shown nationally on ESPN2, while the first round, quarterfinal and semifinals games will be televised on RSN (includes FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, Sun Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and NESN). Those games will also be available via ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Check out the full ACC Tournament schedule here and if you haven't already done so, make sure you like our Facebook page today and help us #MakeItCountFSU!
No. 6 Florida State (10-0) held off a ninth inning rally by Villanova (1-6) to hang on to a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon to complete the series sweep on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. Florida State weathered the cold conditions on Friday finishing with 22 hits, the most since clubbing 38 against Ohio State in the Tallahassee Regional finals on May 31, 2009. It also marked the most runs scored in a game since plating 23 in a win over Texas A&M in the 2011 Tallahassee Super Regional. The Noles took Game 2 Saturday, as they got 6.0 shutout innings from Scott Sitz en route to a 7-0 victory over Villanova (1-5) on a cool, crisp afternoon in front of a crowd of 4,790. Sitz (2-0), along with Bryant Holtmann and Gage Smith, combined for the four-hit shutout, FSU's second of the season. The trio combined to strikeout 14 Wildcat hitters while walking two. The Noles return to Dick Howser on Tuesday & Wednesday with midweek tilts against Presbyterian College. ACC play begins this weekend when Boston College comes to Tallahassee with first pitch scheduled for 6pm Friday.
The Softball team finished off the Renegade Classic in grand style defeating Troy by a mercy rule 8-0 in 5 innings. Lacey Waldrop was sensational on the mound throwing her 2nd career No-Hitter. Celeste Gomez drilled a deep Home Run to pace the Garnet and Gold offensively. The team hosts Presbyterian College tomorrow night before hitting the road this weekend to open ACC play at NC State. Follow the Noles on Twitter- @FSU_Softball and on the Facebook page- Florida State Seminoles Softball
On Friday, ,the Florida State men's tennis team defeated Texas for the first time in school history! Not only was it a win, but the No. 44 Seminoles upset the No. 15 Longhorns 5-2. The winning continued for the Noles on Sunday as they rolled away with a 6-1 win over No. 75 USF (4-5) at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. After winning all three doubles matches, the Seminoles went on to win five of the singles matches for the win on the cold Sunday afternoon. The Seminoles travel to No. 5 Oklahoma on March 12 and Georgia Tech on March 15.
The 16th-ranked Seminole women's tennis team dropped a closely contested ACC match to 23rd-ranked Clemson Friday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles will host their arch-rival Florida March 6th at 4pm at Scott Speicher. Free Pizza will be given out to fans and there will be a t-shirt toss!
Swimming & Diving
The No. 15 Florida State men's swimming and diving team finished in fourth place at the 2013 ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. For the second consecutive season a Seminole was named the championship's most valuable swimmer. In 2012 the honor went to Mateo DeAngulo and this year it was Pavel Sankovich who finished the meet with six medals, four of which were gold.
Florida State's Sand Volleyball team kicked off its second season with a Garnet & Gold intersquad match at the Seminole Sand Volleyball Courts on Sunday where the Garnet team came away victorious! The team heads to the west coast next week for a Tri-Match against USC and LMU to begin full competition on Sunday, March 10 in Los Angeles, Calif.