TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 5 Florida State (7-0) hits the road for the first time in 2018, visiting Jacksonville (4-3) for a 5:00 p.m. game Tuesday at John Sessions Stadium. Florida State is coming off a perfect 4-0 week against USF and a weekend sweep of Troy, while Jacksonville lost two of three to Georgia State over the weekend.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series against Jacksonville 124-37. Head coach Mike Martin is 87-24 against the Dolphins, and the teams have played at least once every season since 1964, excluding 1992.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – Jeff Tanner (PxP) and Scott Manze (Analyst) – ESPN3 – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday – RHP Andrew Karp (FSU) vs. RHP Spencer Stockton (Jacksonville)
Karp – 1-0, 0.00 ERA; Stockton – 0-0, 0.00 ERA
LAST TIME OUT
Florida State completed a three-game sweep of Troy with a 9-4 win Sunday afternoon in Tallahassee. Freshman Austin Pollock allowed just one earned run in six innings in his first career start to earn the win. FSU scored five runs in the second inning and J.C. Flowers tied a career high with three RBI.
LAST TIME VS. JACKSONVILLE
FSU swept the three game series against Jacksonville in 2017. The first game was a 6-5 win in Jacksonville when FSU rallied from a late three-run deficit. In March, the Dolphins scored seven runs in the first inning before FSU slowly chipped away at the lead throughout the game before Flowers’ walk-off hit gave the Noles a 10-9 win. In May, FSU throttled the Dolphins 21-2, featuring two home runs off the bat of freshman Drew Mendoza.
FSU vs. JU
Florida State’s 124 all-time wins against the Dolphins are its third most against any opponent, trailing only Miami (150) and Florida (128). Except for 1992, the teams have played every season since the series began in 1964. In Jacksonville, FSU holds a 45-27 advantage.
PITCHING SHINES TO OPEN SEASON
Through seven games, FSU’s pitching staff has a 1.86 earned run average, eighth best in the country. FSU’s strikeouts per nine innings ranks fifth nationally at 12.3, while the Noles are 22nd in the country in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.91) and WHIP (1.05).
Six Seminoles have at least one win this season, with Cole Sands the only player with two. Tuesday starter Andrew Karp earned the win on Opening Day, pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless relief of Tyler Holton against Xavier.
The Seminoles have struck out at least nine batters in every game this year and reached double digits six times.
Reliever Cobi Johnson, a redshirt junior that missed all of 2017 after Tommy John surgery, has thrown four innings this season. Ten of Johnson’s 12 recorded outs have been strikeouts, allowing just three hits and a walk without allowing a run.
PLATE DISCIPLINE IMPRESSIVE
Always a staple of FSU teams under Mike Martin, the Seminoles again rank among the nation’s best in walks. The Seminoles are second nationally with 58 through seven games, and the Noles have a positive walk-to-strikeout advantage in six games this season (FSU had a 6-6 split in the other).
MARTIN CLOSING IN ON RECORD
Head coach Mike Martin is just 25 wins away from becoming college baseball’s winningest coach. Martin is 1,951-694-4 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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