April 22, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 9 Florida State (31-9) will look to snap a three-game skid Tuesday night in Jacksonville as the Seminoles square-off against the JU Dolphins (14-25) at 6:00 p.m. inside John Session Stadium.
Tuesday’s game marks the 158th all-time meeting between these intra-state rivals as the two schools are meeting for the second and final time in 2013.
FSU leads the all-time series 120-37 and enters Tuesday’s game winners of six straight over the Dolphins including three in a row in Jacksonville. The series has been closely contested as of late with 13 of the last 19 games decided by three runs or less including eight of the last nine.
The Seminoles have swept the season series from JU the last two years and have not lost a regular season series to the Dolphins since 1991 when JU beat FSU in the only meeting that year (7-4 in Tallahassee).
Earlier this year, Luke Weaver made his first start in 2013 and baffled the Dolphin offense for 6.0 innings as he gave up just one hit and no walks while striking out a career-high nine. FSU ran out to a 9-0 lead in that game only to see JU storm back late with two runs in the eighth and five more in the ninth but Robby Coles recorded the final two outs of the game to preserve the win and pick-up his first save as a Seminole.
Last year in Jacksonville, six Seminole pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout as FSU broke open a one-run game scoring twice in the ninth for a 3-0 victory.
RHP Peter Miller will make his second straight start on Tuesday night and first career appearance against Jacksonville. Last Tuesday, Miller quieted South Alabama’s bats scattering just two hits over 6.2 innings as the Noles blanked the Jaguars 2-0. Jacksonville will throw RHP Zach Gordon, who will be making his seventh start of the season and second against FSU. Back in February, Gordon suffered the loss as he allowed two runs on three hits as he walked two in 3.0 innings of work.
Fans can listen to Tuesday night’s game on the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally, fans can listen to the game on 1270 AM. Live stats will be available through Jacksonville’s website at JUDolphins.com. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Baseball and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball).