TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After winning two out of three in the series against College of Charleston and outscoring the Cougars 20-6 in the process, the Florida State baseball team hopes to keep the momentum going when it hosts Jacksonville and Villanova for the first mid-week matchups on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
The meeting with in-state rival Jacksonville, set for Tuesday afternoon at 4 will be the 162nd installment of the rivalry. The Seminoles (5-1) own a 124-38 advantage in the series, one of three programs that Florida State has won 100 games against along with Florida and Miami.
The last time the Seminoles played the Jacksonville University (3-0) was on February 24, 2015, also a another mid-week matchup, where a then-season-high four freshman started (Dylan Busby, Darren Miller, Taylor Walls, and Steven Wells Jr.). The youth helped the Florida State post a 10-7 win over the Dolphins.
Tuesday’s meeting against JU will again allow Florida State youth the opportunity to prove themselves. They will give the starting nod to freshman, left-handed pitcher Tyler Holton (0-0, 0.00 ERA) for his first career start as a Seminole. Jacksonville counters with Michael Baumann (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will take the mound for them.
The Seminoles then host Villanova (2-5) on Wednesday in a game also set for 4 p.m. Florida State will send either Cobi Johnson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) or Andrew Karp (0-0, 27.00) to the mound for the start.
Jackson Lueck (6-3, .600 batting average) leads a Florida State lineup that is hitting a collective .342 at the plate. Teammate Gage West (6-4, .538 batting average) continued his hot streak over the weekend against CofC. Florida State is 5-0 when leading by 5+ runs and looks to continue the offensive explosion that is currently taking place at the plate.
The mid-week matchup is being aired on NolesTV, available for $3.99 a month and features live video coverage of select baseball games and unlimited access to the largest FSU sports video library. Florida State fans can also listen to the games live on 106.1 FM and available free at Seminoles.com all season long.
Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with the Florida State Baseball team by following the official twitter page of the Seminoles (@FSUBaseball).