April 24, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It’s a clash of the ACC’s top two teams in their respective divisions when fifth-ranked Florida State (32-9, 16-5) welcomes top-ranked Virginia (35-7, 16-5) to Tallahassee for a three-game series beginning Friday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
This weekend marks the second time this year that FSU has hosted a top-five team as the Seminoles swept No. 5 NC State back in mid-March.
This weekend also marks the sixth time in the last seven years that Florida State and Virginia will square-off during the regular season when both teams are ranked in the top 25. Since 2008, both teams have met when ranked in the top-10 11 times with Virginia winning nine of those games.
The last time Florida State faced a top-ranked Virginia team was in 2010. The Cavaliers took 2-of-3 in Tallahassee during the regular season, while the Noles defeated the Cavs 11-4 in Greensboro at the ACC Tournament en route to a league championship.
The Noles lead the overall series 49-24, including a 26-5 record in Tallahassee. The last time the two teams met at Dick Howser Stadium in 2012, the Seminoles swept the three-game series from the Cavaliers. Of the 73 games played, 19 have been one-run affairs and seven have gone to extra innings.
Despite FSU’s success two seasons ago, the Cavaliers have won 12 of the last 18 games in the series, including five straight overall and three in a row in the ACC Tournament.
Last season, the Cavaliers returned the favor by sweeping Florida State in three games in Charlottesville, while defeating the Noles in the ACC Tournament on a walk-off, three-run home run by Kenny Towns in the 12th inning.
On the season, the Seminoles are 19-3 at home and have won 13 consecutive ACC series in Tallahassee, dating to 2011.
The Seminoles and Cavaliers have both seen significant time atop the rankings this season. In fact, in the Baseball America poll, the two teams have been ranked No. 1 in a combined 9 of 11 polls; in USA Today, one of the teams has held the No. 1 spot each of the past six weeks.
Weekend Pitching Match-up:
Friday, 6 pm: FSU – RHP, Luke Weaver (6-3, 2.83 ERA) vs. UVA – LHP, Nathan Kirby (8-1, 1.36 ERA)
Saturday, 6 pm: FSU – RHP, Mike Compton (3-1, 3.70 ERA) vs. UVA – RHP, Josh Sborz (4-2, 2.81 ERA)
Sunday, 1 pm: FSU – LHP, Bryant Holtmann (5-0, 3.24 ERA) vs. UVA – LHP, Brandon Waddell (5-2, 2.93 ERA)
All three games will air live on ESPN3. Audio for the games will be available on the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally fans can listen to the game on 1270 AM (Friday) and 100.7 FM (Saturday & Sunday). As always, fans can receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball. Also, do not forget to like the Seminole Baseball team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball and to follow the team on Instagram (NoleBaseball). Live stats will be available via gametracker.