TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Following a pair of midweek outings against Jacksonville and Villanova, the Florida State baseball team is set to host St. John’s this weekend on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
The series, set to begin on Friday at 6 p.m., marks the first ever meeting between the Seminoles and St. John’s. It is also the second Big East Conference opponent that Florida State will face this season, following the 14-inning thriller with Villanova on Wednesday.
Head Coach Mike Martin is sending redshirt senior Mike Compton (1-1, 1.69 ERA) to the mound for his third start of the season on Friday. Compton, with a lifetime 3.12 ERA, is looking to improve to 25-10 in his Florida State career when he goes head-to-head against Red Storm right hander Joey Christopher (0-0, 8.44).
The series will continue on Saturday evening, also a 6 p.m. start, when sophomore right hander Drew Carlton (2-0, 1.64 ERA) toes the rubber. It is still to be determined who Carlton will face, but the Lakeland native has put together solid outings against Rhode Island (5 IP, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 SO) and College of Charleston (6 IP, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 SO).
Carlton is the team leader in strikeouts and ranks second to Cole Sands (0.90) in earned run average. Sands (2-0) will wrap up the series on Sunday at 1 p.m., when he squares off against fellow right hander Ryan McAuliffe (0-0, 1.86).
Among those to watch at the plate are Cal Raleigh and John Sansone. Raleigh was the hero in a 14-inning victory over Villanova, with a late sacrifice fly, while Sansone stands one game shy of tying his consecutive games of reaching base safely (22) this weekend.
Sansone has currently reached base safely in 21 straight games, dating back to May 10, 2015 against Louisville. Despite going 0-for-4 against the Cardinals, Sansone drew a walk to begin the streak. His personal record of 22 consecutive began at the close of the 2013 season (vs. Troy / June 2) and continued through the first 19 games of the 2014 campaign. It concluded with an 0-for-4 outing against Florida (March 18).
Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with the Florida State Baseball team by following the official twitter page of the Seminoles (@FSUBaseball).