TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State baseball team opens the 2016 season on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium on Friday, February 19 at 4:00 pm with a three-game series against Rhode Island.
The Seminoles are ranked in the top 25 of five national polls including the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (14th), Collegiate Baseball (16th), Baseball America (17th), D1Baseball.com (20th) and Perfect Game (20th).
The entire three-game series is being aired on NolesTV, available for $3.99 a month and features live video coverage of select baseball games and unlimited access to the largest FSU sports video library. Florida State fans can also listen to the games live on 106.1 FM and available free at Seminoles.com all season long.
Florida State begins the 69th season in program history with the seventh all-time meeting with Rhode Island. The Seminoles have captured 17 consecutive wins on opening day and have a 60-7-1 (.896) all-time mark. That includes a 33-3 record on opening day under the direction of Hall of Fame head coach Mike Martin.
Florida State owns a 57-2-9 record in season opening series, including a sweep of Rhode Island on February 15-17, 2013, and last suffered a series setback in 1981—a stretch of 34 consecutive series victories.
Redshirt senior Mike Compton will make his second career start on opening day when Florida State squares off against Rhode Island in the season opener. Compton will make his fourth career start on opening weekend as the Branson, Mo., native is 2-0 posting wins against Hofstra (2012) and Niagara (2014).
The Seminoles’ rotation will also include sophomore Drew Carlton (RHP) and freshman Cole Sands (RHP).
Carlton returns as the team leader in wins (five), while throwing 71.1 innings in 12 starts. He posted a 4.04 ERA, allowing 76 hits, 32 earned runs and 19 walks. Sands becomes just the fourth FSU freshman hurler (Cobi Johnson-2015, Mike Compton-2012, Brandon Leibrandt-2012) to start a game on opening weekend since the 2012 campaign.
Florida State returns 21 letterwinners from the 2015 unit that brought home the sixth ACC Tournament Championship in program history and advanced to the Gainesville Super Regional in its 38th straight NCAA Tournament.
Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with the Florida State Baseball team by following the official twitter page of the Seminoles (@FSUBaseball).