View From Section B

It was another good weekend for FSU, which won two-of-three against dreaded ACC rival Clemson. <b>Daniel Davidson</b> pitched the best game of his career on Sunday to earn his sixth win of the season, not to mention ACC honors Monday. Click here for much more in this week's edition of View From Section B, including an update on Marc LaMacchia and Drew's thoughts on the weekend's attendance.

It was another good week for Florida State, as the Noles took two out of three games from dreaded conference rival, Clemson. FSU also had a good start against Jacksonville on Wednesday that was rained out in the middle of the fourth with FSU leading the Dolphins 8-1.

That game will be made up on May 6 in Jacksonville, but it will start over from the beginning, unfortunately for Chris Hart, as his two doubles and five RBIs are now taken off the books.


Senior Daniel Davidson earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors.
Daniel Davidson pitched the best game of his career on Sunday to earn his sixth win of the season. Not only did 'Double D' tie his career-best seven strikeout mark in his seven innings of work, but he seemed to get stronger as the game went on, retiring five out of the last six batters he faced by strikeout.

Davidson, in fact, completely shut down the Tiger offense as he faced just two batters over the minimum and struck out All-American first baseman Michael Johnson three times. Davidson has 48 strikeouts to only nine walks this season and is holding opponents to a .199 batting average. Davison earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors Monday for his performance.

Daniel Hodges made his 112th relief appearance in Garnet and Gold on Sunday, surpassing Zach Diaz's old mark that was set in 1999. By the end of the season, Hodges should also hold the record for all-time pitching appearances which is also held by Diaz at 116.

Speaking of records, Mike Martin jumped over former Miami head coach Ron Fraser to move up to eighth in NCAA All-Time wins with his 1,272nd career victory on Sunday afternoon.



FSU skipper Mike Martin won his 1272nd game on Sunday.
Martin has at the very least, five years left coaching, and at the rate FSU wins games, should finish somewhere around 1,550 wins or so. It's hard to tell exactly where that would rank him all-time, as there are still four active coaches ahead of him on the list. One thing is certain though, when Martin reaches 1,500 careert wins, he will have done it faster than any coach in history.

Here's a small update on Marc LaMacchia, who is recovering from Tommy-John surgery last month. Marc is just about able to completely straighten his arm, which is right on schedule. He's planning to work with a nationally known doctor all summer long on a proven rehabilitation program in South Florida which he will continue back up here in the fall with FSU trainers. Coaches expect Marc to be back to 100% by about this time next season. His spirits are very high, and he can't wait to start throwing again, as he feels he's got some unfinished business to take care of when he's healthy again.

Everyone is looking forward to the big series down in Coral Gables this weekend between the #2 Noles and #11 Miami Hurricanes. Miami continues to be an up and down team, as they took the first two against Virginia in Charlottesville over the weekend before losing 17-2 on Sunday in a curfew-shortened seven inning game. In that game, the Canes committed four errors and walked twelve batters.

That game seems to sum up the weakness of the Miami squad this season, as the Canes sport a .956 fielding percentage and a high 4.21 ERA. They're a decent hitting team, but they don't exactly tear the cover off the ball either with a team batting average of .314 and thirty-seven homeruns. You can be sure however, that UM will kick it up a notch when the Seminoles come to town.


The Animals are planning another big tailgate party for the Miami series.
Last Saturday's Animal/TheTerritory Clemson/G&G game tailgate party was a sight to behold. Wings, burgers, sausage, ribs, and everything else from garlic mashed potatoes to the ubiquitous 'Animal Treats' were on hand. If you missed this 'warm-up' party, you need to come to the Animals Annual Whiffle Ball and Tequila picnic which will be held on Saturday, April 26th all day before the Miami game. Look for details in the coming weeks.

I'm not sure if I've ever seen a big-name school come into Howser Stadium as intimidated as Clemson was this past weekend. Before Friday's series-opener, I had heard from a source on Clemson's staff that half of the Tiger squad didn't want to even make the trip because of how hostile the environment is in Tallahassee.

While that intimidation didn't impact Friday's game much, due to the Seminoles kicking the ball around the field, it surely was in Saturday and Sunday's contests which Florida State won easily. The Tigers looked timid and distracted during both of those games, and by the middle of Sunday's game, it was pretty apparent that they just didn't even want to be out there.

Clemson head coach Jack Leggett was heard chastising his team in the dugout after Saturday's loss, challenging them to be aggressive and to not let the crowd get to them. Judging by Sunday's game, it didn't look like it worked much.

Now that said, I have a bone to pick with FSU baseball season ticket holders. The total attendance for the weekend was 11,248, which on the surface sounds good right? Not exactly. Howser's current capacity is somewhere between 4,500 and 5,000, and against the Tigers, Florida State averaged only 3,749 fans a game. There was no weather issue, as it was perfect a weekend as I can remember. There was nothing else going on in town during the games, save for the FSU Flying High Circus, so that isn't an excuse. The Noles were playing their #1 in-conference rival and couldn't even fill the place for a single game. That's just disgraceful.

Notice, that I'm only pointing the finger at those who own season tickets, as while the bleachers were pretty packed for all the games, the grandstand had large holes in it. A few weeks ago, I graded the fans and gave out an A+ with the assumption that the crowds would be even larger for the month of April since better teams were coming to Howser. I think I may have to go back and change that grade now.


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