TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After outscoring Rhode Island by a 50-6 margin last weekend, the Florida State baseball looks to keep its offensive rhythm when the Seminoles host College of Charleston for a three-game series that begins on Friday at 4 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
The series with the Cougars (2-1) is a rematch of the 2015 NCAA Tallahassee Regional which resulted in a pair of Florida State victories by 3-2 and 8-1. The Seminoles (3-0) have gone head-to-head with the Cougars on 12 previous occasions and hold an 11-1 edge in those meetings.
Friday’s meeting will pit Florida State redshirt senior hurler Mike Compton (1-0, 1.80 ERA) against CofC’s Nathan Helvey (0-0, 0.00 ERA). The second game of the series will feature FSU’s Drew Carlton (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Bailey Ober (0-0, 6.23 ERA) in a clash that is also set for 1 p.m., a change from the original 4 p.m. time to accommodate the Notre Dame-Florida State men’s basketball contest.
Sunday’s rubber match will again feature freshman Cole Sands (1-0, 0.00) on the mound for the Seminoles, as he faces Hayden McCutcheon (1-0, 0.00), who earned a 7-3 win over Nebraska in his last start.
The entire three-game series 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.
Gage West (5-7, .714 batting average) leads a Florida State lineup that is hitting a collective .413 at the plate. Teammate John Sansone (7-12, .583 BA, 2 HRs) also enjoyed a solid opening weekend, helping the current team tie the 1996 squad for the second-most runs (50) in an opening series in program history.
“I am very anxious about this weekend because obviously the competition will improve drastically,” said coach Martin. “I say that with all respect to Rhode Island because they weren’t ready to play due to the conditions that they are under. I felt like when we played them last year they were as good as anybody that we played. I had seen them the year before, was impressed with them, and they have lost a couple of very key players from 2015 and they were a good club. They do have a great nucleus returning and they are going to really compete all year long against anybody they play.”
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