SUPER REGIONAL: Florida vs. FSU Preview

Florida will try to expand on its 8-2 (.800) post season record against the Florida State Seminoles before a national television audience tonight at McKethan Stadium. Florida's .800 winning percentage is quite an accomplishment against a team that has been to the College World Series eighteen times.

The rivals met in post season play for the first time in the NCAA District III Playoffs in 1958. The tournament was played in Gastonia, North Carolina. Coach Dave Fuller's Gators started the tournament strong with victories over Clemson (8-6) and Florida State (2-1) before losing to the Tigers twice, 15-14 and 3-1.

Fuller and the Gators made a return trip to Gastonia in 1962. Florida edged the Seminoles in the opener, 2-1, but dropped a 7-1 contest to Wake Forest and a five-inning affair to the 'Noles, 3-1. Florida State advanced to the CWS.

Series Records

Overall: Florida State leads 87-110 (.442)

Under Pat McMahon: Florida State leads 3-6 (.333)

NCAA Post Season Play: 8-2 (.800)

Florida State 2005

Since defeating the Gators 9-4 in Gainesville on May 3, The Seminoles went on to win ten consecutive games over Maryland, (3), Stetson (2), North Carolina (3), Jacksonville (1), and the first game of the NC State series.

Florida State dropped the final two games to the Wolfpack and split four games in Atlantic Coast Conference play before sweeping the Tallahassee Regional. Coach Mike Martin and the 'Noles can't be overly enthusiastic about a 5-4 record in the past nine games, especially when the record slips to 2-4 in games played away from Dick Howser Stadium.

Florida 2005

The Gators dropped four of their next five games after losing to the 'Noles, including a pair of losses to lowly South Florida. However, they pulled themselves out of the slump and have gone 11-3 (.785) since, with only one loss at McKethan Stadium.

Pitching

RHP Bryan Henry (9-2): 6-3, 190, So., Florida High/Tallahassee CC

Henry pitched 7.1 innings in the second game against the Gators earlier this season. In that contest, he allowed two earned runs on eight hits. He walked three. Six different Florida players recorded hits off of Henry, led by Adam Davis, who picked up a double and single.

The righthander was outstanding versus North Carolina a few weeks ago. The Tallahassee native pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just five hits. He only struck out one Tar Heel batter while posting his seventh victory.

Henry threw a complete game against Auburn in the Tallahassee Regional. He held the Tigers to three runs on six hits, while striking out ten.

RHP Tommy Boss (7-4): 6-2, 215, Sr., Dunnellon High/Florida

Senior Tommy Boss gets the call tonight. Boss is consistent if nothing else. Last season, he emerged down the stretch as perhaps Florida's toughest pitcher, as Justin Hoyman was returning from back problems. He was named to the Oklahoma City Regional team.

Boss is again proving that he is at his best when things really matter. The righthander served up one bad pitch that North Carolina's Chad Flack took yard for a two-run home run. Otherwise, Boss was masterful. He allowed just three hits in a complete game NCAA Regional semi-final win. Boss earned a spot on the Gainesville NCAA Regional Team for his performance.

One of the pluses that you get with Tommy Boss is a lot of pitches around the strike zone. He averages just 1.4 walks per game. He will keep the ball low and get a lot of ground ball outs. Boss is becoming somewhat of a strikeout pitcher though. In '04, he had a strikeout ratio of just 4.02 per game. Boss has averaged 5.47 thus far overall, including 6.5 strikeouts per game in his last three outings.


Record

IP

ERA

Opp BA

BB

SO

2B

HR

Bryan Henry

9-2

84.0

1.61

.215

17

55

8

6

Tommy Boss

7-4

92.1

4.48

.291

14

56

17

7

Offensive

Both teams are led by leadoff men who also roam center field. The Seminoles are led by All-American center fielder Shane Robinson, who is hitting an eye popping .434. His .616 slugging percentage and .538 on base percentage are both team highs.

Right fielder Jack Rye (.332) and former Gainesville native Ryne Malone (.318) are the Seminoles other two hitters above the .300 mark.

Florida is led by senior Jeff Corsaletti who is presently hitting at a .378 clip. His 93 hits lead the team as do his 47 walks.

Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Matt LaPorta comes in at .336. LaPorta leads the Gators in home runs (24), RBI's (73), and slugging percentage (.718).


Avg.

2B

3B

HR

Slug%

BB

SO

OB%

Seminoles

.292

146

18

53

.437

390

493

.402

Gators

.300

102

7

73

.452

304

460

.398

Fielding

Florida State shortstop Ryne Jernigan has committed a team-high 24 errors. Counter that with Florida's Justin Tordi who has committed just eight on the year. Both players have had about an equal number of chances with Jernigan 320 and Tordi at 317.

With Boss on the mound, Florida third basemen Brandon McArthur and Matt Gaski have to keep the ball in front of them. McArthur has struggled in '05 defensively, forcing McMahon to bring in Gaski for defensive purposes. This is an opportunity for McArthur to take a bug step forward defensively.


Chances

Errors

Fielding %

DP’s

SBA

CSB

Seminoles

2788

90

.968

67

54

35

Gators

2527

92

.964

65

39

38

Base running

Robinson has stolen 48 of 55 attempts this season. He has already had a round with Florida catcher Brian Jeroloman once this season. The two split stolen bases 1-1 thus far. Robinson was caught stealing third in the second meeting. After that game, Robinson said that Jeroloman was the best that he had faced so far. The speedy leadoff man stole a base in game three.

Left fielder Gibbs Chapman is second on the Seminoles theft parade. Chapman has stolen 24 of 27 bases in 2005. He recorded a steal in game three as well.

Adam Davis leads the Gators with 23 stolen bases in 28 attempts. He was able to steal second in an earlier meeting this season, as was Jeff Corsaletti. Stephen Barton and Gavin Dickey were gunned down by Florida State catcher Aaron Cheesman.


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