March 6, 2017 - by
FSU Heads to Orlando for Midweek Matchup with UCF

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (9-2) is set to take on the UCF Knights (11-1) on Tuesday and Wednesday in Orlando for the Seminoles’ second road trip of the 2017 season. Tuesday’s game from Jay Bergman Field will begin at 6:30 p.m., with Wednesday’s finale set for a 4:00 p.m. start.

Both games will stream at UCFKnights.tv, while Eric Luallen will provide play-by-play on radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM and nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.

Redshirt sophomore Andrew Karp (0-0, 1.84 ERA) will take the mound for FSU on Tuesday, following his last start against Jacksonville, where he pitched 6.0 innings and struck out seven batters while surrendering three runs. Karp retired the final 13 Dolphin batters of the game.

Karp currently has the second-lowest ERA among regular starters (1.84 through 14.2 innings). The Winter Garden, Fla., native also holds the second-most strikeouts of any Seminole pitcher this season with 17.

Florida State travels to Orlando as the No. 3 ranked team in the D1Baseball.com poll for the fourth consecutive week. The Seminoles are looking to extend their 7-game winning streak, their longest since 2015. The Knights are hosting FSU with a 4-game winning streak of their own, which began with an 11-2 win over No. 2 Florida in Orlando last Wednesday.

The Florida State bats stayed hot this weekend in a sweep of Oakland when the Seminoles outscored the Golden Grizzlies 44-17 with impressive offensive performances by Quincy Nieporte, Dylan Busby, and Tyler Daughtry.

Florida State scored 15 straight runs in Friday’s opener, rallying from a seven-run hole to win 18-10. The flood of Seminole runs was highlighted by Nieporte’s second grand slam of the season, marking the 16th home run of his collegiate career.

FSU Heads to Orlando for Midweek Matchup with UCF

Busby also flourished this weekend as he raised his batting average by 109 points in the three-game span against Oakland in which he went 6-for-14 at the plate with four RBIs and six runs scored.

An individual leader on Sunday was Daughtry, who went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs. The freshman infielder is now batting .292 on the season after his 5-for-12 outing this weekend and he is carrying a hot bat into this week’s two-game series against UCF.

This weekend’s pitching was dominated by sophomore lefty Tyler Holton, who set a personal career-high strikeout record for the second week in a row (13). Holton is now the only pitcher on the Seminole staff to have earned the win in each of his first three starts. Holton was named the league’s Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week, the first player in the conference to win the award back-to-back since 2014.

Florida State leads UCF 32-6 all-time, with FSU leading 7-2 in games played in Orlando. The last FSU-UCF matchup took place last season in Tallahassee, where the Seminoles took the two-game series, 7-2 and a 5-4 victory in 11 innings.

For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).

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