TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 7 Florida State (14-2) head to No. 2 Florida (15-3) for the first of three games against the Gators this season. FSU and Florida are both coming off 3-2 weeks.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Jeff Cardozo (PxP) and Nick Belmonte (Commentary)
SEC Network + – 6:00 P.M
Tuesday – RHP Andrew Karp (FSU) vs. LHP Jordan Butler (Florida)
Karp – 3-0, 1.56 ERA; Butler – 2-1, 2.50 ERA
LAST TIME OUT
Florida State dropped two of three last weekend at Wake Forest in the ACC opener. The Seminoles won the Friday opener 7-3 behind nine strikeouts from starting pitcher Cole Sands (4-0) and a two-run home run from Jackson Lueck that sparked a five-run seventh inning. The Demon Deacons won both ends of the Saturday doubleheader. After playing five straight games from March 2-6, the doubleheader was FSU’s eighth game in nine days.
FSU VS. FLORIDA
Florida State leads the all-time series against the Florida, 128-115-1, and head coach Mike Martin is 76-71 against the Gators. Florida has a 64-48 all-time edge in Gainesville.
NOLES LEAD COUNTRY IN TWO CATEGORIES
Florida State leads the country in two statistical categories – walks drawn (115) and strikeouts per nine innings (13.1). FSU’s pitching staff has recorded at least 10 strikeouts in 14 of 16 games this year and has at least 15 in five different games.
FSU also ranks in the top 10 in sacrifices flies (4), strikeout-to-walk ratio (4) and win-loss percentage (10).
VETS STARTING TO HEAT UP
Drew Mendoza, Cal Raleigh and Rhett Aplin were FSU’s top three hitters over the past week and are three of the Seminoles top four hitters on the season.
Raleigh hit .500 (10-for-20) over the past five games with a pair of doubles and a home run. He is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak.
Mendoza hit .353 with six RBI and five runs scored. He hit a double in each of the three games at Wake Forest and has a career-high eight game hitting streak. He leads FSU with a .407 average and is second with a .500 on-base percentage.
Aplin hit .400 last week and is the team leader with six doubles. His ninth-inning double gave FSU a 3-2 lead at Wake Forest in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. He also ranks fourth nationally with 19 walks drawn. He drew 25 walks in his first season as a Seminole in 2017 (47 games).
MARTIN CLOSING IN ON RECORD
Head coach Mike Martin is just 18 wins away from becoming college baseball’s winningest coach. Martin is 1,958-696-4 over 39 seasons at Florida State and trails only Augie Garrido (1,975) in NCAA history. Martin’s .738 career winning percentage is the best among active coaches.
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