FSU at Miami Preview: Game 2

FSU at Miami Preview: Game 2
April 30, 2011, 7:14 pm
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by Knox BardeenKnox.bardeen@csssports.com

The 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes(28-14, 15-6 ACC) will continue their three-game series on Saturday at AlexRodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla. with the eighth-ranked Florida StateSeminoles (32-10, 15-7 ACC). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will bebroadcast on CSS.The first game of the series went to FloridaState on Friday when Sherman Thomas scored from third base on a wild pitch,giving the Seminoles a 6-5 lead, and ultimately the victory.The Hurricanes will send left-handedsophomore Eric Whaley to the mound Saturday. Whaley is 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA thisyear and leads the team in innings pitched (42) and strikeouts (45).Pitching for the Seminoles will be juniorHunter Scantling. The right-handed Scantling is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA this seasonand has struck out 12 batters in his last two starts, giving up just one earnedrun.Saturdays game will be the 264thmeeting between the two schools, by far the most either team has played againstan opponent. Florida State holds a 139-120-4 all-timelead in the series.Miami starting pitcher EricWhaley is tough on lead-off hitters. No first batter of the game this seasonhas reached first base against Whaley.Jake DeVoss leads the Hurricanesin multi-hit games this season with 14. Brad Fiegler comes in second with 13,while Harold Martinez has 12.Jake DeVoss is leading theAtlantic Coast Conference with 25 stolen bases and ranks sixth in the country.Not only was Fridays game close,but so is the record of both Miami and Florida State against common opponentsthis season. Against Florida, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Florida GulfCoast, Boston College, Maryland and North Carolina this year, Miami is 15-5 andFlorida State is 15-6.Florida State has won eight gamesin a row and has won nine of its last 10 games.The Seminoles do a great job ofgetting on base. Right fielder James Ramsey (.465), center fielder Mike McGee(.457) and second baseman Devon Travis (.454) all rank in the top-10 in the ACCin on-base percentage. Florida State sophomore firstbaseman Jayce Boyd is 24-for-52 (.462) over his last 13 games. Junior thirdbaseman Sherman Johnson has also been hot over his last 13 games, hitting .340(16-for-47). He did, however, end a 12-game hitting streak on Friday, going0-for-3.

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