March 25, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 4 Florida State (22-2) will look to push its win streak to two against its intra-state rival Florida (11-14) on Tuesday, March 26 in Jacksonville as the Noles and Gators meet at the Baseball Grounds for the seventh year in a row. First pitch on Tuesday is set for 6 p.m.
FSU is 4-2 all-time against Florida in Jacksonville as three of the last four games at the Grounds have been decided by three runs or less. In fact the last four neutral site meetings between these two teams have all been decided by three runs or less.
The Seminoles snapped a three-game losing streak to the Gators early this month as FSU went into Gainesville and defeated UF 4-1 behind an outstanding pitching performance from Luke Weaver. The sophomore right hander held the Gators to just one run on three hits in 6.1 innings. The win also marked the first for the Seminoles inside McKethan Stadium since 2007.
Last year in Jacksonville, FSU fell 4-1 to the top-ranked Gators in front of a standing room only crowd of 10,751. UF scored four unanswered runs to claim its first season series victory over the Seminoles since 2009.
Florida State is coming off a 4-1 week which included a series victory at home against the top hitting team in the nation in the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Florida lost 2-of-3 from No. 2 Vanderbilt in Nashville, but the series finale was decided by one run (Vandy, 5-4) after seven innings due to a travel curfew for the Gators.
Tuesday marks the 226th meeting between these two schools as FSU leads the all-time series at 124-100-1. The two schools have exchanged wins in the series as of late but it’s the Seminoles holding a 28-19 edge over the last 47 games.
The series has been closely contested since 2008 as 13 of the 20 games during that span have been decided by three runs or less. FSU owns a record of 8-5 in those 13 games.
Luke Weaver (3-0, 1.00 ERA) will make his second start of the season against Florida on Tuesday, while right hander Tucker Simpson (1-1, 4.91 ERA) will start for the Gators.
Tuesday’s game will air live on Sun Sports, while fans can listen to the game through the All-Access player. Locally, fans can listen to the game on 1270 AM. Live stats for Tuesday’s game will be available via gametracker. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Baseball and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball).