TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 10 Florida State (24-9) hosts No. 1 Florida (28-6) in the Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Former Seminole pitcher Jameis Winston, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (Color)
ACC Network Extra – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday – RHP Andrew Karp (FSU) vs. RHP Tommy Mace (UF)
Karp – 5-2, 3.07 ERA; Mace – 2-0, 6.17 ERA
Karp will make his sixth straight start against the Gators, starting every meeting over the past two seasons. In his most recent outing against Florida, March 27 in Jacksonville, Karp pitched his first career complete game, allowing one run on four hits while striking out seven in a game Florida won 1-0. It was the second time Karp has allowed just one run against Florida – he also allowed one run in seven innings in Gainesville while striking out 11 without walking a batter. Florida also won that game, 1-0.
Karp has pitched at least 7.0 innings in three consecutive starts (vs. UCF, Florida and Jacksonville). Karp’s five wins are one shy of teammate Cole Sands for the FSU and ACC lead.
SALVATORE HITTING WELL
Shorstop Mike Salvatore has played stellar defense all season, recording just four errors on the season. As of late, his bat has started to heat up as well. At Georgia Tech last weekend, Salvatore hit 7-for-13 with two doubles. Since an 0-for-2 game against UCF on March 20, Salvatore has a hit in 11 of 12 games and has seen his average rise from .192 to .276.
In 15 ACC games, Salvatore is hitting .333 with 19 hits and 10 RBI. He has struck out just two times in 57 plate appearances against the league.
MARTIN CLOSING IN ON RECORD
Head coach Mike Martin is just 8 wins away from becoming college baseball’s winningest coach. Martin is 1,968-703-4 over 39 seasons at Florida State and trails the late Augie Garrido (1,975) for the most in NCAA history. Martin’s .737 career winning percentage is the best among active coaches.
Garrido passed away March 15, leading Martin to say, “College baseball and the world lost one of the finest men in our coaching profession. Augie dedicated his life to making young men better people. He will be deeply missed by myself and many others.”
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