TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 14 Florida State (2-1) hosts the first midweek game of the 2020 season on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., facing off with USF (2-1) at Dick Howser Stadium. Both teams enter the meeting on a two-game win streak after dropping their season openers.
Fans can watch the game on ACC Network Extra or listen on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM or nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.
Jack Anderson, a sophomore from Tampa, will make his second career start for the Seminoles on Tuesday. As a freshman, Anderson struck out four in 2.1 innings, allowing just one earned run, in his lone start against Stetson on May 8, 2019. He has six career appearances out of the bullpen, including a scoreless inning Saturday against Niagara.
FSU vs. USF HISTORY:
Florida State holds the all-time series advantage against South Florida, 72-16, including winning 16 of their last 17 meetings dating back to 1989.
Currently in the Washington Nationals organization, former Seminole right-hander Andrew Karp got the start in each of the last two games played between the in-state foes. In FSU’s 5-2 triumph over the Bulls at home in 2018, he allowed just one run on four hits with six strikeouts through five innings. USF won the 2017 meeting in Tallahassee, 4-2, despite Karp’s seven shutout innings and career-high (at the time) nine strikeouts.
The 2019 meeting between the teams, scheduled to be played in Tampa, was canceled due to weather.
After dropping Friday’s season opener against Niagara, 3-1, Florida State outscored the Purple Eagles 35-5 in the final two games of the series at Dick Howser.
Mike Martin Jr. earned his first win at the helm of the FSU program on Saturday as the Seminoles combined for 14 hits, drew 13 walks, and were hit by five pitches in the 24-4 triumph. In total, 12 FSU players scored at least once, 10 players had a hit and 10 players recorded an RBI. Carter Smith drove in the final three runs of the game with a moon shot to right field for Florida State’s first home run of the season.
Aided by seven runs in the opening frame, FSU won Sunday’s finale 11-1 behind strong pitching from Conor Grady (5.0 IP, 7 K), Chase Haney (1.0 IP, 3 K), Bryce Hubbart (1.0 IP, 2 K), Tyler Ahearn (1.0 IP, 1 K) and Davis Hare (1.0 IP, 2 K). The Seminole staff struck out 15 Niagara hitters while walking just one. Grady earned the win in his first start of 2020, while Haney moved into 10th all-time in FSU history with his 97th career appearance.
FSU was hit by 9 pitches on the weekend (5 Saturday, 4 Sunday).
NEWCOMERS CONTRIBUTE EARLY ON
There were several standout freshmen who put together impressive outings against Niagara in their first weekend as Seminoles.
Catcher/pitcher Doug Kirkland made his first appearance on the mound in Saturday’s win, and singled in his first career at-bat Sunday.
Designated hitter/pitcher Dylan Simmons led Florida State at the plate against Niagara, hitting .667 with 3 RBI and four total hits. He reached base in all three of his plate appearances in his FSU debut Saturday (single, double, walk), reached safely in his first two plate appearances on Sunday (single, walk) and added his second double of the season in the eighth inning.
Along with Kirkland and Simmons (1.0 IP, 2 K), Parker Messick (1.0 IP, 1 K) and Brandon Walker (1.0 IP, 1 K) made their first career appearances on the rubber. Messick earned the win in Saturday’s 24-4 victory.
Utility man Tyrell Brewer recorded two hits with 3 RBI and four walks on the weekend.
Designated hitter/infielder Tyler Martin hit .429 four RBIs, knocked three hits and scored three runs – including the Seminoles lone run in Friday’s loss.
Along with the younger Noles, junior infielder Jackson Greene, a transfer from Wallace Community College, hit .364 with four RBI and walked twice as the starting second baseman in all three games.
Florida State hosts Cincinnati for a three-game series this weekend. All three contests (Friday at 6:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.) will stream live on the ACC Network Extra. Fans can listen on the radio at 106.1 FM or nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.
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