May 23, 2017 - by
Noles Open ACC Championship Wednesday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After a two-game sweep at No. 2 Louisville last weekend, Florida State (35-20, 14-14 ACC) will face 12-seed Notre Dame Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship opener for both teams. The eighth-seeded Seminoles will also play top-seed Louisville Friday at 3 p.m. The format for this year’s ACC Tournament features four three-team pods, with the winner of each pod advancing to the semifinals on Saturday.

If all three teams finish 1-1 in a pod, the highest-seeded team will advance, meaning Florida State needs to beat both the Fighting Irish and the Cardinals to move on to the semifinals. The Championship Game is scheduled for Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

Against Notre Dame, Florida State will throw freshman Drew Parrish (5-3, 5.54 ERA). The Rockledge, Fla., native threw a complete game against the Irish in March, capping a three-game sweep on the road, FSU’s first since 2014. Notre Dame (26-30, 10-20) will toss Brad Bass (3-7, 3.92 ERA).

The Seminoles and Irish have never met in the ACC Tournament. FSU is 14-7 all-time against the Irish.

On Friday, Tyler Holton (8-2, 2.55 ERA) will throw against Louisville’s Kade McClure (7-2, 2.99 ERA). The two faced off last Friday in Louisville, and the pitching matchup lived up to the hype. Holton allowed just one run in eight innings, while striking out 11, and McClure allowed three unearned runs in seven innings in picking up his second loss of the season.

On Monday, Holton was one of three Seminoles named to the All-ACC team, and the only first teamer. Quincy Nieporte was named second team designated hitter, and Dylan Busby was third team third base. Additionally, J.C. Flowers and Drew Mendoza earned All-Freshman honors.

Florida State’s series win at Louisville was the first for an ACC opponent in Jim Patterson Stadium since the Cardinals joined the league in 2015. FSU and Louisville have met in one previous ACC Championship – a 6-0 Florida State win in 2015 in Durham, North Carolina. The Seminoles wound up winning its sixth ACC Tournament title that weekend.

FSU is 72-40 all-time in the ACC Championship. After Wednesday’s game against Notre Dame, Pittsburgh will be the only team FSU has not played in the tournament.

FSU is 9-2 in the tournament since 2014 after going winless in both 2012 and 2013. FSU won the title in 2015 and reached the Championship Game in 2016, falling to Clemson in the finals.

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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