March 7, 2013
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team ends its week-long, Florida trip at Dick Howser Stadium for a three-game series at No. 5 Florida State. Friday's 6 p.m. game and Sunday's 1 p.m. matchup will be broadcast on ESPN 3.
The Eagles (3-8) are coming off a two-game series split at USF where BC tallied a season-high 10 runs and 16 hits in the 10-4 victory, but fell, 9-4, in the second game in Tampa. The Maroon and Gold has tallied wins over Elon (7-6), Georgia State (2-0) and USF (10-4). The Seminoles (12-0) enter conference play undefeated. After opening 2013 with a three-game sweep of Rhode Island, FSU took three from in-state rival USF. Last weekend, the Sems beat Villanova three times before a midweek, two-game sweep of Presbyterian. The closest game was a one-run, 2-1, victory over Nova on March 3.
While the Eagles have not played a home game yet in 2013 and will play their first 18 games on the road or at neutral sites, the Sems have not left the friendly confines of Dick Howser Stadium. All 12 wins have come at home and FSU plays its first road game after it wraps up with BC, traveling to nearby Gainesville to take on Florida.
FSU leads the all-time series, 19-4, since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2006. This marks the third time the two teams will meet to open league play with all three series coming in Tallahassee. FSU is 4-2 in ACC opening weekend series against Boston College as BC won 2-of-3 in 2009, while the `Noles swept the three-game series in 2011. In Florida, BC is 2-7 versus the FSU. Last year, Florida State came to Chestnut Hill ranked No. 1 in the nation. The Eagles played the Seminoles tough in the first two games, falling, 6-5 and 6-3, on Pellagrini Diamond before they erupted for 17 runs on 19 hits and took down the top-ranked team for the second time in two years, 17-6. In 2011, BC beat No. 1 UVA. The Maroon and Gold scored the most runs on the Seminoles in an ACC game since the 2004 season.
BC was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Division and 11th overall in the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Coaches Preseason poll. Florida State voted to finish second in the Atlantic division. The Eagles earned 17 points from the league coaches. Last season, BC tied for fifth in the ACC with a 10-20 league record, going 22-33 overall.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH UPS (BC listed first)
Friday: RHP Eric Stevens (0-2, 3.44) vs. LHP Brandon Leibrandt (3-0, 4.96)
Saturday: RHP John Gorman (1-1, 3.60) vs. RHP Scott Sitz (2-0, 0.00)
Sunday: LHP Andrew Chin (1-2, 8.00) vs. RHP Peter Miller (2-0, 1.32)
WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST:
Friday: Sunny, highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 40s; N 7 mph; 0% chance of rain
Saturday: Mostly sunny, highs in the mid 70s and lows in the high 40s; E 9 mph; 0% chance of rain
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs in the mid 70s and lows in the low 50s; SE 9 mph; 10% chance of rain
WAYS TO FOLLOW
Video Stream: Friday (ESPN 3), Saturday and Sunday (ESPN 3)
Live Twitter Updates: @BCBirdball
GameTracker: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Post-Game Interviews: YouTube