February 28, 2019
⚾️: Mercer Comes to Tally for Weekend Series

Game Notes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 6 Florida State (7-0) hosts the Mercer Bears (8-1) for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles are 7-0 at home on the season after having another road game canceled Tuesday due to rain. Mercer is 1-0 on the road, having beaten Florida A&M in Tallahassee earlier this season.

With FSU basketball hosting NC State Saturday at noon, Saturday’s game time has been pushed back an hour to a 2:00 p.m. start. Sunday’s finale is at 1:00 p.m.

Florida State and Mercer have not met since the 2015 NCAA Regional in Tallahassee, a 5-4 FSU win in 10 innings. The Seminoles are 60-8 all-time against Mercer, including 44-3 under head coach Mike Martin.

Mercer has won six straight games, sweeping a two-game set against FAMU and a weekend series vs. Alabama State.

GAME 8 – Mercer at Florida State
Friday, March 1, 2019
LHP Drew Parrish (1-0, 2.00 ERA) vs. RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long (2-0, 0.00 ERA)
ACC Network Extra – 6:00 p.m.

GAME 9 – Mercer at Florida State
Saturday, March 2, 2019
RHP CJ Van Eyk (2-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. LHP Tanner Hall (2-0, 3.86 ERA)
ACC Network Extra – 2:00 p.m.

GAME 10 – Mercer at Florida State
Sunday, March 3, 2019
LHP Shane Drohan (1-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. RHP Zach Graveno (1-0, 7.00 ERA)
ACC Network Extra – 1:00 p.m.

Parrish and Van Eyk will make their third starts of the season at the top of the rotation. Drohan started the third game of the Maine series and entered in relief last weekend against Youngstown State. The sophomore has made eight career appearances.

Florida State and Mercer have met 68 times in a series dating back to 1948. FSU leads, 60-8, and has won 22 consecutive against the Bears. The last meeting came in the 2015 Regionals in Tallahassee. The last regular season meeting was in 2006.

This will be the first three-game weekend series between the programs.

The Seminoles had to cancel a game at USF Tuesday due to rain in the Tampa area. It is the third time that FSU has had to postpone or cancel a game after moving the first road game of the year, at Jacksonville, from Tuesday to Wednesday before eventually canceling that contest.

With the rainouts, FSU is now scheduled to play its first 14 games of the season at Dick Howser Stadium.

Freshman designated hitter and outfielder Robby Martin leads FSU in hits and RBI and was named the ACC Player of the Week after hitting .667 (8-for-12) with eight RBI against Youngstown State (2/22-23). He became FSU’s first freshman to win POTW honors since DJ Stewart won the award twice in 2013.

Head coach Mike Martin, the winningest coach in college baseball history, is just six wins shy of notching 2,000 for his career. Twice this year, March 7 and April 23, fans can eat lunch with ‘11’ and hear stories about the 2019 team.

Tickets for the luncheon, held at the FSU Alumni Center and catered by Andrew’s, can be purchased here.

Florida State and Martin announced in June that 2019 would be the legendary coach’s 40th and final season leading the Noles.

For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com 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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