CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Florida State (7-6) will look to win a third straight Atlantic Coast Conference series this weekend when it faces No. 8 Miami (9-4) for three games in Coral Gables.
The Seminoles have won 5 of 7 games, all against Top 20 teams, and the three games against the Hurricanes will cap a 10-game stretch against ranked opponents. On Tuesday, FSU beat No. 5 Florida, 10-2, its second straight win against the Gators and the largest win for FSU in the series since 2008.
The Hurricanes have won six straight games after a Wednesday night win over FGCU.
Friday and Saturday’s games will air on the ACC Network, with Mike Monaco and Gaby Sanchez on the call. Sunday’s game will stream on the ACC Network Extra. Fans can also listen on the radio in Tallahassee on 100.7 FM or nationwide through Tunein or the FSU Gameday App.
Tuesday, Florida State beat No. 5 Florida behind two home runs from Robby Martin and a strong pitching performance. Carson Montgomery, Chase Haney, Hunter Perdue and Davis Hare combined to allow just four hits and a pair of runs while striking out 16 batters.
Parker Messick, FSU’s Friday night starting pitcher, has been the team’s designated hitter the past two games and has five hits, including a home run in his first career at-bat at Virginia Tech. Relief pitcher Wyatt Crowell has been the left fielder those two games as well and has three hits, including a double against the Gators.
Leadoff hitter Tyler Martin is second in the ACC with a .564 on-base percentage after getting hit by a pair of pitches and drawing a walk against Florida.
Mat Nelson, the Seminoles catcher, leads the team with five home runs and has thrown out four of seven base-stealers this season. He has home runs in the past two games and went back-to-back with Robby Martin on Tuesday.
The weekend rotation will remain the same for the third straight series. Messick is third in the ACC with 27 strikeouts in ACC games, while Bryce Hubbart leads the conference with a .125 batting average against. Sunday starter Conor Grady has won a team-high 17 games in his career.
Miami is 3-1 in weekend series in 2021, with wins against No. 1 Florida, NC State and last weekend against Wake Forest. The Hurricanes dropped a series in Coral Gables to Virginia Tech.
Florida State and Miami did not play in 2020 once the season was shut down. It was the first time since 1964 the teams did not compete.
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