March 5, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Eighth-ranked Florida State (9-1) travels to Orlando for its first road trip of the season to face No. 18 UCF (10-2) for a pair of mid-week games beginning Tuesday, March 6. First pitch for both games on Tuesday and Wednesday are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The Seminoles are embarking on their longest road trip of the season playing six games on the road beginning Tuesday. After two games against the Knights, FSU opens ACC play against Duke in Durham (March 9-11) and then heads to Gainesville for the first of three meetings against the top-ranked Florida Gators (March 13).
The Seminoles own a record of 21-5 all-time against the Knights and 3-2 in Orlando. FSU has not played in Orlando since May 3, 1988 – a game won by the `Noles 11-3. FSU has won seven of the last nine meetings against UCF, while the two schools are squaring off in back-to-back years for the first time since the 1987 & 1988 seasons.
The two schools met during a weekend series in Tallahassee last year with Florida State taking games one and three. The Seminoles outscored the Knights 24-15 during the weekend series. FSU posted its second shutout in the series in game one last year downing UCF 8-0. The Seminoles took game three 6-1. The middle game showcased the second most combined runs in the series as the Knights won 14-10.
Prior to last year’s weekend series in Tallahassee, the two schools had not met during the regular season since March 10, 1993. The eight meetings between 1997 and 2004 all occurred in an NCAA Regional played in Tallahassee.
Four of the five previous meetings in Orlando have been decided by four runs or less with both schools winning two.
Freshman right hander Luke Weaver (0-0) will take the mound in game one against the Knights. The DeLand, Fla., native will make his second career start on Tuesday. Junior right hander Scott Sitz (0-0) will make his first start of the season on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s game will be streamed live over the internet on UCFAthletics.com, while Wednesday’s game will air live on TV locally on Bright House Sports Network and tape delayed on CSS on Thursday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m. Fans can follow live stats via gametracker on Seminoles.com and receive updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.