TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (21-13) will host No. 12 ranked Florida (21-11) for the third and final game of the Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown Series on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
The game will stream live on the ACC Network Extra with Tom Block and Chip Baker providing commentary, while Eric Luallen will provide live play-by-play on the radio (106.1 FM in Tallahassee) and nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.
FSU has fallen out of the rankings for the first time this season after dropping the final two games of the series against NC State in Raleigh this weekend.
Poised to take the mound for the Seminoles on Tuesday will be redshirt sophomore Andrew Karp (0-2, 4.84 ERA). Both of Karp’s losses this season have come against the Gators – on March 14, Karp pitched seven innings and struck out 11 batters, the most for a Seminole against Florida since 1996, but allowed a bloop single to fall in as Florida won, 1-0.
On March 28 in Jacksonville, the Gators got four runs in the first inning off Karp, aided by a three-run home run off the bat of Mike Rivera. Karp settled down and FSU did not allow a run the rest of the game, but Florida won the matchup, 4-1.
Karp currently has 40 strikeouts on the season, with 16 of them coming against the Gators.
Florida will counter with Tyler Dyson. The freshman struck out two batters in the ninth inning of the March 14 game in earning the save. He is 1-0 with a 3.55 earned run average on the season.
Standing out in the FSU lineup against NC State was freshman Drew Mendoza, who went 6-for-12 and blasted his first home run that smacked high off the scoreboard at Doak Field, 380 feet from home plate. Mendoza is now batting .286 (after raising his batting average by 161 points in this weekend’s series) and has seven RBI in his eight games started.
Junior Rhett Aplin also proved to be a key asset to the Seminoles this weekend after accumulating three RBI and drawing four walks against the Wolfpack. Aplin hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run in Saturday’s game against NC State.
Tuesday’s game against the Gators will be the 244th meeting between the two teams, and Florida State has an all-time winning record of 128-114-1. In games played in Tallahassee, FSU leads UF 72-41-1.
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