TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 5 Florida State (4-0) hosts Troy (4-1) this weekend this weekend on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Florida State leads the all-time series against Troy, 16-2, which includes a perfect 15-0 record in Tallahassee. The teams have not met for a regular season series since 1999 and have faced each other just 10 times under head coach Mike Martin (since 1980), despite the relative proximity between the two programs.
Friday, February 23, 2018 – Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (Analyst) – ACC Network Extra – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (Analyst) – ACC Network Extra – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 25, 2018 – Eric Luallen (PxP) – ACC Network Extra (limited broadcast) – 1:00 p.m.
Friday – RHP Cole Sands (FSU) vs. RHP Andrew Crane (Troy)
Sands – 1-0, 3.60 ERA; Crane – 1-0, 0.00 ERA
Saturday – LHP Drew Parrish (FSU) vs. RHP Daren Osby (Troy)
Parrish – 1-0, 1.50 ERA; Osby – 0-0, 3.00 ERA
Sunday – LHP Austin Pollock (FSU) vs. RHP Rush Hixon (Troy)
Pollock – 0-0, 0.00 ERA; Hixon – 1-0, 0.00 ERA
LAST TIME OUT
Florida State topped USF, 5-2, Tuesday night in Tallahassee. After USF tied the game 1-1 in the second inning, neither team scored until FSU scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Senior Steven Wells laced an RBI double down the left field line and FSU scored three more runs on an error and a bases loaded hit by pitch and walk. Starting pitcher Andrew Karp pitched five innings without allowing an earned run, while Conor Grady (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless eighth inning.
FSU vs. TROY
Florida State has won seven straight against the Trojans, dating back to 1980. The teams have met in the regular season just twice under Martin – 1980 (FSU won season series 3-1) and in 1999 (FSU 3-0). The teams played three times in the Tallahassee Regional (1995, twice in 2013), with FSU winning all three games.
The Seminoles have scored 10 or more runs in seven straight games against Troy.
PITCHING SHINES TO OPEN SEASON
Florida State’s pitching staff has allowed just six runs (four earned) in four games this season, ranking fifth nationally with a 1.00 earned run average. FSU also ranks in the top 10 nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (third, 9.17), strikeouts per nine innings (third, 13.8), WHIP (fourth, 0.75), walks per nine innings (ninth, 1.5) and hits allowed per nine innings (10th, 5.25).
Freshman Conor Grady earned the win in Tuesday’s game against USF, pitching out of trouble in the eighth inning of a tie ballgame. FSU scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to secure the win. Cole Sands and Drew Parrish earned wins in games they started last weekend against Xavier, while Andrew Karp, Tuesday’s starter against USF, earned the win in the season opener against Xavier in relief of Tyler Holton.
HOLTON OUT FOR THE SEASON
Head coach Mike Martin announced Wednesday afternoon that starting pitcher Tyler Holton, a 2017 first team All-American, will miss the remainder of the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Holton, FSU’s opening day starter against Xavier, ranked fourth nationally in 2017 with 144 strikeouts and was FSU’s first 10-game winner (10-3) since 2013.
Holton is just the latest player to be lost to a season-ending injury. Relief pitcher Chase Haney had surgery on his elbow, while infielder Tyler Daughtry tore his ACL in preseason practice.
MARTIN CLOSING IN ON RECORD
Head coach Mike Martin is just 28 wins away from becoming college baseball’s winningest coach. Martin is 1,948-694-4 over 39 seasons at Florida State and trails only Augie Garrido (1,975) in NCAA history. Martin’s .737 career winning percentage is the best among active coaches.
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