March 18, 2019

⚾: Noles Host UCF, FIU in Midweek Action

Game Notes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 19 Florida State (14-4) will host UCF (14-6) and FIU (10-9) in midweek action this week at Dick Howser Stadium. The Knights and Seminoles will play for the ninth consecutive season, and FSU has won nine consecutive in the series. Overall, FSU leads the series 37-6 and 25-4 in Tallahassee.

The Seminoles and Panthers have not played since 2012. FSU is 16-6 all-time against FIU.

GAME 19 – UCF at Florida State
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
RHP Jordan Spicer (UCF) vs. LHP Antonio Velez (2-0, 3.48 ERA)
ACC Network Extra – 6:00 p.m.

GAME 20 – FIU at Florida State
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
ACC Network Extra – 3:00 p.m.

Florida State won both midweek games against the Knights, 6-4 and 13-3, in Tallahassee. Clayton Kwiatkowski and Chase Haney each picked up wins for the Noles, pitching a combined five innings without allowing a run.

Senior Mike Salvatore hit the ninth cycle in FSU history at NC State Saturday, tallying a career-high four hits and tying career highs for runs (3) and runs batted in (4). The second baseman led off the game with a single, tripled in a run in the second inning, doubled in a run in the fourth inning and hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning.

The last Seminole to hit for the cycle was Tyler Holt, FSU’s current first base coach, in 2010.

FSU centerfielder and closer J.C. Flowers hit a home run and saved Sunday’s series finale at NC State, the second time this season the junior has done both in the same game. Prior to this year, the last Seminole to hit a home run and save a game was Mike McGee in the 2010 College World Series against Florida.

Flowers already has three saves in 2019 in six appearances, the first pitching appearances for him. In 6.2 innings, the Orange Park, Fla., native has not allowed a run.

At the plate, Flowers is hitting .279 with four doubles and four home runs. His 19 runs batted in trail only Robby Martin (21) on the team. Entering the season, Flowers hit just one home run in each of his first two seasons. He has already surpassed his RBI total from 2018 (14).

Head coach Mike Martin, the winningest coach in college baseball history, reached another milestone on March 9 with his 2,000th career win in FSU’s 5-2 victory over Virginia Tech. His career record of 2,001-717-4 and .736 winning percentage are the best among active coaches.

Last season, Martin passed the late Augie Garrido for the most wins in college baseball history. Florida State and Martin announced last June that 2019 would be the legendary coach’s 40th and final season leading the Noles.

After a 1-3 week against Top 15 opponents Florida and NC State, all on the road, the Seminoles fell in all the major polls and now range from 14 (Collegiate Baseball) to 22 (Perfect Game). The four games were FSU’s first road contests of the year after rainouts for scheduled games at Jacksonville and USF.

Florida State will leave Thursday for a three-game series at Notre Dame (8-10, 4-2 ACC) this weekend. The Fighting Irish have won each of their first two conference series, both on the road, at Wake Forest and Clemson.

In 2017, the last time FSU visited Notre Dame, the Seminoles completed a three-game sweep, with then-freshman starting pitcher Drew Parrish throwing his first career complete game.

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