TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After playing its first 17 games of the 2016 season in the Sunshine State, the Florida State baseball team heads to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this weekend for a three-game series with Pitt. It marks the first time in 22 games that the two programs have met outside of Tallahassee and the second clash since the Panthers joined the ACC in 2013.
The series will serve as a homecoming for Florida State third baseman John Sansone, who is playing in his home state for the first time in his four-year career. Sansone currently ranks among the top three on the team in nine major categories including batting average (.471), at-bats (68), runs (22), hits (32), doubles (five), home runs (three), RBI (24), stolen bases (four) and total bases (46).
Florida State (13-4, 3-0 ACC), who ranks as high as eighth in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, has won seven of its last 10 games, including a season long five-game winning streak that was halted on Tuesday at No. 1 Florida.
Pittsburgh (8-6, 1-2 ACC) enters the game on a two-game winning streak following wins over North Carolina and Kent State. The Panthers are led offensively by the duo of Nick Yarnall (.419 BA, five HRs) and Charles LeBlanc (.407, four doubles).
The series begins at 6 p.m. on Friday with the Seminoles’ Mike Compton (3-1, 2.28 ERA) facing off against Pitt’s Josh Falk (2-0, 2.45). Compton, now with 203 strikeouts to his credit, is 35th on the Seminoles’ all-time strikeout list. With his next strikeout he will place himself in a tie with current volunteer coach Clyde Keller.
On Saturday, in a 3 p.m. game, Florida State head coach Mike Martin will send Drew Carlton (3-0, 3.38 ERA) to the mound to face the Panthers’ Aaron Sandefur (1-1, 2.35). The series concludes at 1 p.m. on Sunday with Seminole freshman hurler Cole Sands (3-1, 2.70 ERA) taking the mound for the fifth time in his career.
Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with the Florida State Baseball team by following the official twitter page of the Seminoles (@FSUBaseball).