April 25, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 9 Florida State (32-9, 13-8 ACC) welcomes Wake Forest (24-20, 7-14 ACC) to town, the second team from the state of North Carolina to visit Tallahassee in the last three weeks, for a pivotal ACC Atlantic Division series beginning Friday, April 26.
Game times for the series are set for 6 pm on Friday and Saturday and 1 pm on Sunday. All three games will air live on ESPN3 with Scott Kotick and Chip Baker bringing you the coverage all weekend long.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 79-21 and have held the upper hand in Tallahassee winning 41 of 50 games all-time. Despite Wake Forest winning the last meeting in Winston-Salem last year to avoid the three-game sweep, Florida State has dominated the series winning 18 of the last 22 games. Twelve of the 22 contests over that span have been decided by two runs or less (FSU 9-3) including eight one-run ball games - all won by Florida State including four decided in extra innings.
When the two schools last met in Tallahassee in 2010, the Seminoles won games one and three to secure the series victory over the Demon Deacs. In terms of series victories, FSU has won the last six over Wake Forest since 2007 (split two games in 2006).
Since FSU joined the league in 1992, the Noles have won 10 of the 11 series played against Wake Forest in Tallahassee including a streak of 10 straight. FSU has posted six series sweeps at home while the lone series victory for Wake Forest in Tallahassee as conference foes came in 1993.
Last year, FSU hit just .192 against Wake Forest but received solid pitching with a 3.21 ERA in 28 innings pitched. Brandon Leibrandt worked 4.2 innings in a start cut short due to weather, while Mike Compton allowed two runs in 5.0 innings to pick up the win.
This weekend Florida State will open the series with RHP Luke Weaver (4-1, 2.54 ERA) on Friday night followed by LHP Leibrandt (5-4, 4.17 ERA) on Saturday and RHP Scott Sitz (7-1, 1.60 ERA) on Sunday.
Saturday is also Military Appreciate Night at the ballpark. The Seminoles will wear special army green jerseys with camouflage lettering for the game while the first 1,000 fans through the gates on Saturday will receive a replica jersey courtesy of the Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic.
Florida State will also honor members of the Wounded Warrior Project Saturday night with a special first pitch celebration and a tribute to the United States with the playing of God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch.
Fans can listen to all three games on the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally, fans can listen to the game on 1270 AM (Friday) and 100.7 FM (Saturday & Sunday). Live stats will be available through gametracker. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Baseball and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball).