TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 22 Florida State (18-11) will host No. 20 Florida Gulf Coast (24-5) in a two-game midweek series on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee. Tuesday’s game will begin at 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday’s first pitch is set for 4:00 p.m.
Both games will stream live on the ACC Network Extra (formally ESPN3), while Eric Luallen will provide live play-by-play on the radio (106.1 FM in Tallahassee) and nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.
The series comes as the second and third meetings of the season between the teams, following a 5-2 FSU loss on March 15 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. Sophomore catcher Cal Raleigh had a first inning two-run single for FSU’s only runs of the game.
Redshirt sophomore Andrew Karp (0-2, 4.60 ERA) will make his seventh start of the 2017 season on Tuesday. The Seminoles have not named a starter for Wednesday’s game.
Karp is coming off his second loss of the season against Florida, giving up four runs in the first inning before settling down and not allowing another in five innings. Against the Gators on March 14, Karp struck out 11 batters but was the hard-luck loser in Florida’s 1-0 victory in Gainesville.
Against No. 8 North Carolina last weekend, FSU suffered three losses by a combined seven runs. On Saturday, Tyler Holton held the Tar Heels hitless for seven innings before being replaced after 109 pitches and eight strikeouts. The sophomore was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season, joining Paul Wilson (1993 & 1994), Mike Ziegler (2000) and Sean Gilmartin (2011) as the only Seminoles to win the award three times in one season.
Florida Gulf Coast is coming off its first series loss of the season as Jacksonville took two of three from the Eagles in Ft. Myers over the weekend. Tuesday’s projected starter, Mario Leon (3-1, 2.59 ERA), is the reigning Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week after throwing seven shutout innings against Miami on Tuesday in FGCU’s 3-0 win.
Against the Noles on March 15, Leon allowed two runs and seven hits in 4.0 innings while striking out four and walking one.
Florida State currently leads FGCU 7-4 in all-time games played, with a 7-3 record for games played in Tallahassee. FGCU won the last game in Tallahassee, 11-8, last season.
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