TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 8 Florida State baseball team opens one of its biggest home series of the season on Friday evening when FSU (20-7, 7-1 ACC) hosts fourth-ranked Louisville (8-3 ACC) in the first of a three-game set. The two programs are locked in a tight battle for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division. Florida State enters the weekend in first with a .875 winning percentage, while the Cardinals are in a close second.
It marks the first game in Tallahassee between the two teams since they clashed April 19-21, 1991 as members of the Metro Conference. The Seminoles came away victorious in two of the three games in that series.
After a 24-year hiatus in the series, the two clubs played four times last season and split the series 2-2. Florida State posted a 13-4 win in Louisville on May 8, 2015, but the Cardinals rebounded to take the next two by finals of 7-0 and 6-5. The Seminoles retaliated in the 2015 ACC Tournament and downed Louisville 6-0 behind a solid performance from pitcher Drew Carlton.
The sixth ranked opponent this season for Florida State, Louisville ranks fourth in the Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1baseball.com, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Perfect Game and USA Today/ESPN polls.
aseball Writers Association, Perfect Game and USA Today/ESPN polls.
Friday’s game, set for 6 p.m., will feature the pitching matchup of Mike Compton (4-1, 3.47 ERA) and Louisville left-hander Brendan McKay (6-1, 1.70). That will be followed by a showdown between Carlton (4-1, 3.38) and lefty Drew Harrington (6-1, 1.23), also at 6 p.m.
The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. when FSU’s Cole Sands (3-3, 4.56 ERA) takes the mound against Kyle Funkhouser (3-2, 4.29).
All three games of the series are being broadcast as part of the ESPN3 package. Commentators for the games are Shawn Davison (play-by-play), Chip Baker (color) and Ariya Massoudi (dugout).
Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with the Florida State Baseball team by following the official twitter page of the Seminoles (@FSUBaseball).