The Florida State Seminoles invaded Gainesville on Tuesday night and picked up a 14-6 victory. FSU starter Bo O’Dell only lasted 1.1 innings while giving up 4 runs (all earned). He was followed by Travis Burge and Brian Chambers. Burge lasted three innings giving up a single hit and one run. Mr. Chambers followed him by pitching 3.2 innings while only giving up one run. Danny Rosen pitched a scoreless ninth to complete the pitching line for the Noles. FSU was led on offense by Tony Thomas Jr. who went 3-5 in the lead off role while scoring three runs. D’Vontrey Richardson and Jason Stidham each had a home run in the game.
The Florida State Seminoles will be playing their first road game of the season with a visit to Gainesville to take on the Gators. FSU is entering the game with a number 2 ranking and a 9-0 record. The Gators are entering the game after taking 2 out of 3 from Miami and they have a 4-3 overall record.
Robert Woodard of UNC and Greg Miclat were named Pitcher and Player of the Week for the ACC for the week ending on February 19th. Robert Woodard had a brilliant performance in his first start of the season lasting 7.2 innings while only giving up one hit. He retired the first 20 batters in the game and also struck out seven hitters. He picked up the victory in the 11-0 victory over Seton Hall on Friday evening. He also picked up a national award when he was named to Collegiate Baseball’s Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week.
Greg Miclat of UVA had a solid weekend in which he hit .900 over two victories over George Washington. He also picked up four stolen bases in those games.
The Charlotte 49ers took out the Virginia Tech Hokies by a score of 11-0. This is the 49ers second consecutive shutout to extend their scoreless streak to 23 innings. This was the Hokies first game under new Head Coach Peter Hughes who left Boston College last season. Coach Hughes has not changed anything in his coaching style with two runners thrown out but they were able to get two stolen bases in the game. I still wonder if Peter Hughes style of baseball will be successful in the ACC.
Florida State Head Coach Mike Martin is nearing a milestone of taking over the number 4 spot in collegiate baseball wins. If Mike Martin Sr. is able to sweep Hofstra and pick up the victory over Florida in their mid-week game, he will move into sole possession of fourth place. This has been a very good year for Mr. Martin because he was named to the ABCA on January 5th. The Tallahassee Democrat wrote a real good article about Martin reaching this milestone. It can be read here.
The FSU Seminoles will welcome Hofstra to Tallahassee this weekend for a three game set. Hofstra has played in one series this year and were swept by Auburn last weekend. The Seminoles enter the series at 6-0 with consecutive sweeps over Tennessee and UNC–Asheville.
Tony Thomas Jr. and Kevin Biringer were recently named ACC Player of the week and Pitcher of the Week. Tony Thomas Jr. led the Seminoles in a three game sweep over UNC-Asheville by going 8-11 on the weekend and having a slugging percentage of 1.00 and he also stole three bases. Kevin Biringer faced 15 batters on the weekend and struck out five in those five innings of work. Both UMD and FSU will be in action this weekend with the Terps heading to UCF and FSU will be hosting Hofstra.
The Florida State Seminoles took Game Two on Saturday in the weekend series with UNC-Asheville by a score of 12-6. The Seminoles played some poor defense behind Micheal Hyde by committing four errors in the field. This type of defense will cause them to lose games in the ACC if it continues. Tony Thomas Jr. and Buster Posey both had three hits to lead the offense on Saturday.
FSU Saturday Recap
UNCA Saturday Recap
Section B Recap
Tallahassee Democrat Recap
Brandon Reichert article
The Georgia Southern Eagles knocked off the Yellow Jackets today 11-4 in the season opener for Georgia Tech. Chris Hollis, Jeremy Beckham, and Matt Miller led the offensive charge for the Eagles. Hollis had a 2-4 day with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Jeremy Beckham went 3-5 with a run and an RBI. The big day was had by Matt Miller who pumped in five RBI’s in his two hits. The Eagles pitching on the day was led by a very good pitching performance from reliever A.J. Battisto who pitched 3 innings of shutout relief to give the Eagles the victory. Georgia Tech leading offensive force Matt Wieters was held hitless on the day in four at-bats. Danny Payne had two hits in three at bats today. David Duncan pitched five innings but gave up six runs (all earned) to pick up the loss in his first start of the year. Duncan looked shaky to the CBB staff last season when we had a chance to see him.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will open the season on Saturday with a visit to Georgia Southern. The Jackets are coming off a 50-18 season in 2006 and a CWS appearance. The Jackets are led by All-American catcher Matt Weiters who also closes games. He was named the number 2 pro prospect this summer in the CCBL behind Justin Smoak. David Duncan will be the lead returning pitcher. Georgia Southern is heading into the series with a 1-2 record from their series in Hawai’i.
New Virginia Tech Head Coach Peter Hughes recently sat down with The Collegiate Times and talked about his coaching philosophy and the goals he is setting for the Hokie program. The article speaks about issues that were going on at Boston College and how he overcame them and how Virginia Tech is a better fit for him. The full article is available here.
VT Season Preview by HokieSports.com