TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State baseball team returns to ACC action this weekend when it hosts NC State as part of a three-game series that is set to begin Friday at 6 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
Florida State (17-5, 5-1 ACC) is looking to build off the momentum established with a series of midweek victories over UCF. The Seminoles, winners of 10 of their last 12 against NC State, are also looking to keep pace with Clemson as the two teams are locked in a battle for first place in the ACC’s Atlantic Division.
By virtue of winning eight of their last 10 games, FSU has moved to 11th nationally in the D1Baseball.com, Perfect Game and USA Today/ESPN polls. The Seminoles are also 10th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), 12thin Baseball America and 14th in Collegiate Baseball polls.
NC State (16-7, 3-3) is the second ranked ACC team to play in Tallahassee this season, following Georgia Tech two weeks ago. The Wolfpack are ranked as high as 13th in the D1Baseball.com poll.
The Pack have split their last four games, winning two of three against Notre Dame last weekend before dropping a 6-4 decision to UNC Wilmington on Tuesday evening.
In Friday’s opener, Florida State will send Mike Compton (3-1, 3.21 ERA) to face off against NC State’s Joe O’Donnell (3-1, 2.64).
That will be followed by a matchup between FSU right hander Drew Carlton (4-0, 3.08 ERA) and Brian Brown (2-0, 3.33) on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The series concludes at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday with Seminole freshman hurler Cole Sands (3-2, 2.59 ERA) taking the mound for the sixth time in his career and his first meeting with Johnny Piedmonte (0-2, 2.70).
The series is being featured as part of the ESPN3 package with Scott Kotick and Chip Baker providing the commentary on Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s ESPN3 crew includes Shawn Davison and Chip Baker.
With inclement weather a possibility this weekend, fans can get updates on the status of the games at anytime by calling 645-GAME. If there is a need for weather related updates they will also be available on Seminoles.com and via FSU social media accounts.
Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with the Florida State Baseball team by following the official twitter page of the Seminoles (@FSUBaseball).