RALEIGH, N.C. – No. 22 Florida State is set to play three games in Raleigh against NC State this weekend, beginning Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Sunday’s series finale is set for a 1:00 p.m. first pitch.
The Seminoles (20-11, 6-6) will stick with the same weekend rotation for the seventh consecutive weekend – sophomore Cole Sands (4-2, 3.38 ERA) on Friday, followed by sophomore left-hander Tyler Holton (4-0, 1.93) and freshman left-hander Drew Parrish (3-1, 3.79).
Holton is the reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week after holding No. 8 North Carolina hitless through seven innings last Saturday. He has captured the award three times this season, becoming just the fourth FSU pitcher to win ACC honors three times in one season.
All three games will stream live on the ACC Network Extra and Eric Luallen will provide play-by-play on the radio on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee and nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.
FSU enters the weekend after winning a pair of games against No. 20 FGCU Tuesday and Wednesday. Sophomore left fielder Jackson Lueck hit a walk-off double in Tuesday’s 7-6 win, scoring Taylor Walls from first base. On Wednesday, three hits scored two runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Cal Raleigh’s first triple of the year, and Grant Stewart picked up his first career win in FSU’s 3-2, 5-inning win that was shortened due to rain.
NC State is 16-14 and 5-7 in the league after a 13-1 midweek win over UNC Asheville on Tuesday. Last weekend, the Wolfpack dropped two-of-three at Notre Dame.
The Wolfpack are led at the plate by Brad Debo (.374) and Josh McLain (.356), the only regulars that are hitting over .300 on the season. On the mound, NC State will throw Sean Adler (3-3, 3.75), Brian Brown (0-0, 3.24) and Michael Bienlien (1-1, 4.45).
FSU leads the all-time series, 67-28, and are 65-25 under head coach Mike Martin. Last season, FSU won the only regular season meeting after two games were cancelled due to rain in Tallahassee. FSU also opened the 2017 ACC Tournament with a 7-3 win over the Wolfpack en route to reaching the Championship game for a second straight season.
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