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🍢 vs. ☘️| No. 7 Baseball Hosts Notre Dame

2018 Game Notes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 7 Florida State (14-3, 1-2 ACC) brings a seven-game winning streak against Notre Dame (7-8, 1-2) into a three-game series against the Irish this weekend at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU won all four games against Notre Dame last season, including a 12-inning, walk-off win in the ACC Tournament.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Friday, March 16, 2018
Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (Commentary)
ACC Network Extra – 6:00 P.M.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Eric Luallen (PxP)
ACC Network Extra – 2:00 P.M.

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (Commentary)
ACC Network Extra – 11:30 A.M.

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday – RHP Cole Sands (FSU) vs. LHP Scott Tully (ND)
          Sands – 4-0, 2.45 ERA; Tully – 1-1, 4.08 ERA

Saturday – LHP Drew Parrish (FSU) vs. LHP Tommy Sheehan (ND)
          Parrish – 1-0, 1.52 ERA; Sheehan – 1-1, 5.71 ERA

Sunday – LHP Austin Pollock (FSU) vs. RHP Cameron Junker (ND)
          Pollock – 2-1, 3.63 ERA; Junker – 0-1, 5.27 ERA

FSU vs. NOTRE DAME
Florida State has won seven consecutive games against Notre Dame, sweeping the Irish in Tallahassee in 2016 and in Notre Dame in 2017. FSU also beat Notre Dame in the first game of the 2017 ACC Tournament. All-time, the Seminoles are 15-7 against Notre Dame and head coach Mike Martin is 12-7 against Notre Dame. All four season series between the teams have been sweeps since Notre Dame joined the ACC in 2014 – FSU won in 2014, 2016 and 2017; Notre Dame in 2015.

STRIKEOUTS LEAD FSU PITCHING

Florida State ranks second nationally with 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings and have struck out at least 10 hitters in 14 of 17 games this year.

VETS STARTING TO HEAT UP

Drew Mendoza, Cal Raleigh and Rhett Aplin are FSU’s top three hitters and the three combined for four home runs and five RBI Tuesday at Florida.

Aplin hit his first two home runs of the season at Florida with a season-high three RBI. Aplin is hitting .393 over his current seven-game hitting streak. He ranks eighth nationally with 19 walks after having just 25 in 47 games in 2017.

Raleigh followed up Aplin’s first inning home run with a homer of his own, his second of the year. Raleigh is FSU’s second-leading hitter at .328 and has a seven-game hitting streak, two shy of his career high.

Mendoza leads FSU with a .429 average and 18 RBI. He hit his first home run of the season in the eighth inning Tuesday at Florida. Mendoza’s .429 average is third-best in the ACC entering the weekend. Mendoza has both of FSU’s walk-off hits this year, singles on consecutive Saturday’s against Troy and UNC Asheville.

MARTIN CLOSING IN ON RECORD
Head coach Mike Martin is just 18 wins away from becoming college baseball’s winningest coach. Martin is 1,958-697-4 over 39 seasons at Florida State and trails the late Augie Garrido (1,975) for the most in NCAA history. Martin’s .738 career winning percentage is the best among active coaches.

Garrido passed away earlier Thursday, leading Martin to say, “College baseball and the world lost one of the finest men in our coaching profession. Augie dedicated his life to making young men better people. He will be deeply missed by myself and many others.”

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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