TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 12 Florida State (18-8, 6-3 ACC) is set for its series this weekend against No. 8 North Carolina (19-6, 6-3 ACC) on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee. Friday and Saturday’s games will begin at 6:00 p.m., with Sunday’s game starting at 12:30 p.m.
All three 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.
For the sixth consecutive weekend, the Seminoles’ rotation will remain the same, with Cole Sands (4-1, 3.45 ERA) taking the hill on Friday and Tyler Holton (4-0, 2.31 ERA) and Drew Parrish (3-1, 3.69 ERA) finishing out the series.
Holton is a two-time ACC Pitcher of the Week, while Sands and Parrish have each thrown a career-high seven strikeouts in each of their last two outings. Against Notre Dame last week, Parrish became the first FSU freshman to throw a complete game since Sean Gilmartin did so twice in 2009.
Holton ranks third in the ACC in strikeouts (50), with North Carolina’s J.B. Bukauskas leading the category (60). Bukauskas is set to throw Friday night for the Tar Heels.
Offensive leaders for the Seminoles include Taylor Walls, who is currently leading the country in walks (34), and Rhett Aplin, who holds the highest batting average (.337) on the team. Freshman J.C. Flowers added a pair of hits in Tuesday’s loss to Florida at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
The last matchup against North Carolina came on May 21, 2015 in the ACC Tournament at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, where the Seminoles outscored the Tar Heels, 8-4. Junior right-hander Mike Compton earned the win after 5.2 innings of work in which he surrendered two runs. The Seminoles went on to win the ACC Tournament that season.
Florida State holds an all-time winning record of 67-30 against North Carolina, with a 38-11 winning record in games played at Florida State.
FSU head coach Mike Martin (1st – .738) and North Carolina coach Mike Fox (2nd – .732) are the two active leaders in career win percentage. Martin is the also the active wins leader (1,916), while Fox ranks fourth (1,355).
Sunday’s game, originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m. when the schedule was released earlier this season, has been moved up to 12:30 p.m. to accommodate UNC’s travel plans. No new inning will begin after 4:15 p.m.
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