February 20, 2017 - by
FSU, USF Face Off in Midweek Showdown

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After taking the series against VCU with an 11-3 win on Sunday, Florida State (2-1) is set to host USF (2-1) in a midweek clash Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. Taking the mound for FSU will be redshirt sophomore Andrew Karp, who finished his 2016 campaign with a 1-1 record and eight strikeouts through 14.1 innings pitched.

Fans can watch the game live on the ACC Network Extra (formerly ESPN3) or listen live in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM or nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.

USF will send redshirt senior righthander Ryan Valdes, who played for Florida State in 2013, to the mound. In his 2016 season, Valdes appeared in only five games before suffering a season-ending injury. During his time with the Seminoles in 2013 as a freshman, Valdes played in 13 games and went 0-for-7 batting with a run scored.

The Seminoles are looking to keep their bats hot after scoring 23 runs and collecting 25 hits in the final two games of Opening Weekend against VCU. Amongst last weekend’s offensive leaders were Taylor Walls, Jackson Lueck, Quincy Nieporte, and J.C. Flowers.

Walls went 4-for-10 in the series against VCU and was credited with six RBIs as a result of his three doubles. Lueck provided Florida State’s lone hit in Game 1 and continued to give the team a spark on Saturday when he went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

FSU, USF Face Off in Midweek Showdown

Nieporte, along with Rhett Aplin, provided power to the Seminole offense with the first two home runs of the 2017 season. Flowers debuted in his first career series posting a betting average of .444 and scoring three runs, allowing Florida State to remain an offensive threat throughout the weekend.

Another newcomer, freshman Nick Derr, went 5-for-8 with four singles and a double, including a 3-for-3 performance Sunday with three runs scored.

Pitching performances of the series against VCU were highlighted by junior Drew Carlton and sophomores Tyler Holton and Cole Sands, who each limited the opposition to two runs or less and accounted for 14 strikeouts through 17.1 innings. Relievers Alec Byrd and Will Zirzow combined for 3.2 perfect innings, highlighting the quality of the Florida State bullpen.

In addition to winning the first series of the 2017 season, Sunday’s 11-3 victory was head coach Mike Martin’s 1,900th win in his legendary coaching career. A ceremony on the field was held shortly after the game to commemorate the prestigious and record-breaking milestone in Martin’s 38th year at Florida State.

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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