TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After playing only one game over the weekend, due to inclement weather in Tallahassee, the Florida State (18-5) baseball team returns action on Tuesday at 6 p.m., when it heads to Jacksonville to face in-state rival Florida (23-3) at the Baseball Grounds. Florida State, winners of eight of their last 10, is looking to avenge a setback to the Gators earlier this month in Gainesville.
Seminole head coach Mike Martin will send sophomore right hander Drew Carlton (4-0, 3.08 ERA) to the mound for his first start against Florida.
Carlton is fourth on the team in strikeouts (24) and has the second-lowest ERA among starters. Meanwhile, the Gators will start right handed hurler Jackson Kowar (2-0, 3.10), who has made 26 strikeouts this season and is one of seven pitchers with a perfect mark.
Florida State not only leads the head-to-head series with the Gators (127-108-1), but it has won six of the nine meetings at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. That includes an 8-3 victory on March 31, 2015, in a series that has seen five of the last seven games decided by three runs or less.
The showdown will also mark a battle of two top 10 programs as Florida State ranks in the top 10 of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) (seventh), Collegiate Baseball (eighth), USA Today/ESPN (eighth), D1Baseball.com (ninth) and Perfect Game (10th) polls.
Florida, following a 2-2 performance last week, is also among the top 10 in the Collegiate Baseball (first), Perfect Game (first), Baseball America (second), D1Baseball.com (second), NCBWA (third) and USA Today/ESPN (third).
The Seminole faithful can follow all the action by listening to 106.1 FM and play-by-play announcer Eric Luallen.
Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with the Florida State Baseball team by following the official twitter page of the Seminoles (@FSUBaseball).