May 8, 2017 - by
Baseball Hosts Jacksonville in Final Non-Conference Game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  Florida State (31-18) will host Jacksonville (27-20) Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium in the final non-conference game of the year for the Seminoles. Senior Will Zirzow (1-1, 3.38 ERA) will take the hill for the Noles, making his third career start. Jacksonville will counter with Mike Cassala (0-2, 6.57 ERA).

Both of Cassala’s losses this season have come against Florida State. In Jacksonville on February 28, Florida State trailed 3-0 early and 5-3 late before rallying for three runs in the seventh inning to win 6-5. Drew Carlton earned his first career save in the game, pitching a perfect eighth and ninth innings.

On March 21 in Tallahassee, Jacksonville scored seven runs in the first inning before the Seminoles chipped away at the lead for much of the game. Entering the ninth inning down 9-7, Cal Raleigh homered to lead off the inning, and J.C. Flowers hit a two-run walk-off single to end the inning and give FSU the 10-9 win. Carlton earned the win after pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

The Seminoles enter a season-high 13 games over .500 after sweeping Pacific in four games over weekend. A Dylan Busby eighth-inning home run was the game-winner in Friday night’s 9-8 win. On Saturday, Tyler Holton reached double-digit strikeouts for the third time this season and the FSU offense exploded for a season-high 18 runs and 17 hits in the 18-5 win.

FSU won the final two games of the series 5-3, including Sunday’s series finale. Pacific loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth inning, but Alec Byrd earned the first save of his career by forcing a pop up and a double play to end the game.

Baseball Hosts Jacksonville in Final Non-Conference Game

On Tuesday, the Seminoles are looking for a three-game sweep of Jacksonville for the first time since 2006, when FSU won two games in Tallahassee, two games in Jacksonville and a game in the Athens Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

FSU is 6-1 this season against the Atlantic Sun – 2-0 against Jackson and Stetson, and 2-1 against Florida Gulf Coast.

Martin Announces Aplin Out for Year

On Monday, Florida State head coach Mike Martin announced that outfielder Rhett Aplin will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. The junior college transfer is leading FSU with a .322 average on the season, with six home runs. He has played in 46 of FSU’s 49 games this season, with 40 starts.

Aplin was also sporting a perfect fielding percentage on 53 chances.

Pitching Match-ups – FSU vs. Jacksonville

Tuesday: RHP Will Zirzow (1-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. RHP Mike Cassala (0-2, 6.57 ERA)

Where to Watch/Listen

FSU vs. Jacksonville will stream live on ACC Network Extra. Tom Block (play-by-play) and Chip Baker (color) will provide commentary.

Additionally, Eric Luallen will provide live play-by-play on the radio on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee and nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.

For more information on Florida State baseball, check for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).

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