TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (6-2) will host Oakland (1-7) for a three-game series beginning Friday at 4:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Saturday and Sunday’s games will begin at 1:00 p.m., and all three games will stream live on the ACC Network Extra.
The Seminoles will throw Cole Sands (2-0, 1.69 ERA) on Friday, with Tyler Holton (2-0, 0.69) and Drew Parrish (1-0, 2.45) finishing out the weekend.
FSU enters this weekend ranked No. 3 in the D1Baseball.com poll for the third consecutive week. After opening the season 2-2, FSU has won four consecutive games, including last weekend’s sweep of Samford and Tuesday’s come-from-behind win at Jacksonville.
At JU on Tuesday, FSU fell behind 3-0 early before tying the game at 3-3. In the seventh inning, Jacksonville struck for a pair of runs off reliever Jim Voyles. Down 5-3 in the top of the eighth, FSU scored three runs on three Dolphin errors and just one hit, an RBI single for freshman Tyler Daughtry that scored the winning run.
Closer Drew Carlton, pitching in relief for the just the second time this year, pitched a perfect eighth and ninth innings for the six-out save, the first of his career.
Oakland comes to Tallahassee 1-7 on the season and in the midst of a five-game losing streak. All eight of the Golden Grizzlies games have been on the road, and the team will not play a home game until March 31. Oakland is the only school in the country led by co-head coaches – Colin Kaline and Jacke Healey.
For the first time at Dick Howser, all three games this weekend will utilize replay capabilities. Only umpires on the field can initialize replay (no coaches challenge), although coaches can continue to request that umpires huddle to discuss a call on the field. Among the plays that can be challenged are: determining a fair or foul ball; deciding if a ball is a ground-rule double or home run; a catch/no-catch in the outfield; spectator interference; and scoring plays at the plate involving a collision.
Due to ACC regulations, Florida State can only utilize replay during non-conference competition.
In addition to watching the game with announcers Shawn Davison (play-by-play) and Chip Baker (color), fans can listen to Eric Luallen on the radio broadcast locally on 106.1 FM and nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.
If the FSU Women’s Basketball team is playing Saturday in the ACC Tournament, the baseball game will only be available through the Gameday App.
For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).