TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – When Florida State (2-2) welcomes Samford (2-1) to Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium for a three-game series beginning Friday at 4:00 p.m., the Seminoles will throw a different weekend rotation at the Bulldogs than many were expecting. Opening Day starter Drew Carlton, the most experienced starting pitcher on the staff who allowed just two runs in the opener against VCU, will become FSU’s new closer.
Freshman Drew Parrish, a lefthander who has appeared in two games early in the season, will take over Carlton’s role in the rotation. The Rockledge, Fla., native will start either Friday’s opener or Sunday’s series finale against Samford. Saturday and Sunday’s games are both scheduled for 1:00 p.m. start times.
Sophomore righthander Cole Sands and lefty Tyler Holton round out the lineup. Holton will follow Sands in the rotation, meaning the pair could pitch Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday.
Carlton joins a Seminole bullpen that allowed four runs in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to USF. He is 13-9 in his career and has started 30 of his 36 appearances as a Seminole.
Samford comes to Tallahassee having taken two of three from UNC Asheville opening weekend. The Bulldogs midweek game against Troy was postponed until mid-March.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Samford, 18-1, though the teams have met just twice since 1989. FSU has won 16 straight in the series, including the two games in the 2012 Tallahassee Regional that advanced FSU to the Super Regionals against Stanford.
Junior shortstop Taylor Walls, a preseason All-American, has been Florida State’s top bat in the lineup early in the year. Walls enters this weekend’s series with a .333 average, three doubles, six RBI and five runs scored to go along with six walks. His .556 on-base percentage ranks 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Fans can watch all three games live on the ACC Network Extra (formerly ESPN3), with Jonathan Schillace (Friday) and Jason Leturmy (Saturday & Sunday) joining Chip Baker in the broadcast booth. Fans can also listen to Eric Luallen, the voice of Seminole baseball, on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee or nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.
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