March 28, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 4 Florida State (23-2, 7-2 ACC) returns to ACC play this weekend as the Seminoles travel to Blacksburg to face Virginia Tech (18-8, 5-4 ACC) for a three-game series beginning Friday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 39-8 and have fared well inside English Field posting a record of 10-2 including five wins in their last six games in Blacksburg. Florida State has won 14 of the last 17 games against Virginia Tech and enters this weekend series winners of five straight over the Hokies.
Since Virginia Tech joined the ACC in 2005, FSU is 19-4 against VT including a 7-2 mark in Blacksburg. Of the nine games played in Blacksburg since 2005, the two schools have combined to score 167 runs (100 for FSU and 67 for VT). The Seminoles have reached double figures five times and the Hokies just twice.
Last year, Florida State swept the three-game series in Tallahassee as the Seminoles outscored the Hokies 18-7. FSU's three starting pitchers (Leibrandt, Compton & Miller) gave up just three earned runs in 19.2 innings of work.
FSU sits atop the Atlantic Division with a 7-2 mark and has a two-game lead over second place Clemson. The Hokies are in fourth place at 5-4 in the Coastal Division, 2.5 games behind North Carolina.
Florida State's 23-2 record through the first 25 games marks the Seminoles best start since 2007 when FSU opened the year 24-1. The Seminoles have started a season winning at least 23 of their first 25 games nine times in the program's 66-year history including six times under head coach Mike Martin. FSU's best 25-game start has happened twice in school history, both under a different coach, with the Seminoles going 24-1 in 1968 (Fred Hatfield) and again in 2007 (Martin).
The Seminoles will send the same starting weekend rotation to the hill for the seventh week in a row. LHP Brandon Leibrandt will start Friday, followed by RHP Scott Sitz on Saturday and RHP Peter Miller on Sunday. Sitz currently leads the ACC in ERA (0.51) and is tied for second in wins with five.
Friday and Sunday's games will air live over the internet on HokieSports All-Access, while fans can listen to weekend series through the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally, fans can listen to the games on 1270 AM (Friday) and 100.7 FM (Saturday & Sunday). Live stats will be available for all three games. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Baseball and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball).