TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 5 Florida State (8-0) returns home after its first road game of the season to host UNC Asheville (2-5) for three games this weekend. The Seminoles hold a 21-1 all-time advantage over the Bulldogs but this will be the first meeting between the teams since 2009.
On Tuesday, Florida State won 4-0 at Jacksonville. Pitchers Andrew Karp and Jonah Scolaro combined for 16 strikeouts without allowing a walk for FSU’s first shutout of the season.
UNC Asheville enters this weekend after getting swept by Mercer. The Bulldogs midweek game against Western Carolina was postponed due to weather.
Friday, March 2, 2018 – Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (Analyst) – ACC Network Extra – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 – Eric Luallen (PxP) – ACC Network Extra – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 4, 2018 – Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (Analyst) – ACC Network Extra – 1:00 p.m.
Friday – RHP Cole Sands (FSU) vs. LHP Jordan Fulbright (UNCA)
Sands – 2-0, 1.64 ERA; Fulbright – 0-2, 8.59 ERA
Saturday – LHP Drew Parrish (FSU) vs. LHP Greg Gasparro (UNCA)
Parrish – 1-0, 1.59 ERA; Gasparro – 0-1, 3.86 ERA
Sunday – LHP Austin Pollock (FSU) vs. LHP Jordan Carr (UNCA)
Pollock – 1-0, 0.90 ERA; Carr – 1-0, 1.74 ERA
LAST TIME OUT
FSU beat Jacksonville 4-0 at John Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville. FSU scored two runs in the second inning and one each in the seventh and eighth. Starting pitcher Andrew Karp (2-0) struck out a career-high 12 hitters in just six innings, allowing just one runner in scoring position. Freshman Jonah Scolaro relieved Karp and threw three perfect innings, striking out four. It was the first time since 2000, and just the fifth time in FSU history, that Florida State struck out at least 16 hitters without allowing a walk.
FSU vs. UNCA
Florida State is 21-1 all-time against the Bulldogs. The series began in 1994 and the teams most recently met in 2009. Head coach Mike Martin’s .955 win percentage against UNC Asheville is third-best against opponents FSU has faced at least 20 times, trailing only Charleston Southern (25-0) and Pittsburgh (24-1).
PITCHING SHINES TO OPEN SEASON
Through eight games, FSU’s team earned run average is 1.62 and all four qualifying pitchers (Karp, Pollock, Parrish and Sands) have ERA’s under 2.00. The Noles 1.62 ERA ranks third nationally.
Including Tyler Holton’s Opening Day start before going down with an injury, FSU’s starting pitchers have a 1.02 ERA and a 58-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. As a team, FSU ranks seventh nationally with a 4.64 K/BB ratio.
Scolaro leads the FSU bullpen with four appearances, while Cobi Johnson has 10 strikeouts in four innings pitched. The bullpen has a 2.57 ERA in 28 innings.
As a team, FSU has struck out at least 10 hitters in seven of eight games this season.
FLOWERS, WELLS LEAD SEMINOLE HITTERS
Rightfielder Steven Wells is 6-for-14 on the season, with five RBI and nine walks. Centerfielder J.C. Flowers is hitting .400 with a team-high four doubles.
At Jacksonville Tuesday, Wells was 2-for-2 with two walks. For his career, Wells is hitting 6-for-10 against the Dolphins. Flowers scored the winning run, reaching on a single and scoring after stealing third and a throwing error by the JU catcher.
Flowers’ four doubles in 25 at-bats this year tie his 2017 total as a freshman (213 AB).
MARTIN CLOSING IN ON RECORD
Head coach Mike Martin is just 24 wins away from becoming college baseball’s winningest coach. Martin is 1,952-694-4 over 39 seasons at Florida State and trails only Augie Garrido (1,975) in NCAA history. Martin’s .738 career winning percentage is the best among active coaches.
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