April 2, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
After snapping a two-game slide, the JU baseball team (16-10) will continue its non- conference schedule as the Dolphins host their third ranked opponent in 2008.
JU and No. 2 Florida State (24-3) will play the first of a home-and-home series at John Sessions Stadium on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m.
The contest can be heard live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action and Jason Godbey providing color commentary.
The game can be seen live via video streaming with ASun.TV and can also be followed through GameTracker on JUDolphins.com.
#2 Florida State Seminoles
No. 2 Florida State (24-3) is under the direction of head coach Mike Martin, who enters his 29th season in charge of the Seminole program.
The Seminoles are led offensively by junior catcher Buster Posey with a .456 batting average, 47 hits, a .816 slugging percentage and .558 on-base percentage. Senior first baseman Dennis Guinn is second on the squad with a .388 batting average but leads the team with 10 home runs and 37 RBI .
Posey also serves as FSU's closer by leading the squad with a 0.00 ERA and three saves in four appearances. Junior Jimmy Marshall (2-0, 3.32 ERA, .233 OPP BA) is the top arm out the pen by leading the Seminoles with 14 appearances.
FSU is receiving votes in all four major polls but has received its highest ranking (2nd) from Collegiate Baseball.
JU and FSU will be playing each other for the 145th time, which is the most games against one opponent in Dolphin history. In the last meeting at John Sessions Stadium, JU snapped an 18- game losing streak to the Seminoles and gave FSU its first loss of the season with a 5-3 win on March 21, 2007. The Dolphins also enjoyed its largest crowd in program history (3,209). FSU has won eight of the last nine contests between the two school at John Sessions Stadium.
Other points of interest
Senior center fielder Kevin Ferreira had his career-high 19-game hitting streak come to an end after going 0-for-4 with a walk against Florida A&M. Sophomore reliever Glenn Witkowski increased his unearned run streak to seven innings. Senior Matt Davis has his longest outing, five innings, since rejoining the squad on March 18.
Batting 1-2 in the top of the order all season, the duo has combined for 73 hits, 60 runs, seven doubles, a triple, a home run, 30 RBI, 85 total bases, eight sacrifice bunts and 29 stolen bases.
Ferreira, the lead-off batter, is second on the squad with a .370 batting average while leading the conference with 34 runs and is second with 17 stolen bases. He has also sparked JU's 13-game first inning scoring streak to open the 2008 season when he reached base in 17-of-23 opportunities(.739) to lead off an inning. He also tallied a career-best 19 game-hitting streak this year.
Fleming, the two hitter, leads JU with a .388 batting average while also leading the conference with 25 walks and is second with a .522 on-base percentage. He is also the best at advancing runners by succeeding in 39-of-57 opportunities for a team-leading 68.4 percent success rate.