Coming off of their first ACC victory of the season against No. 12 Duke on Sunday, No. 16 Florida State (10-5, 1-2 ACC) will play two midweek contests – at No. 1 Florida (16-0) on Tuesday evening in the Sunshine Showdown in Gainesville and at home on Wednesday against Illinois State (6-8).
The Seminoles are coming off a 2-2 week, beating Mercer on Tuesday and dropping 2-of-3 in Durham against the Blue Devils.
Florida enters the week as the last remaining undefeated team in the nation. Over the past two years, FSU has beaten two teams that were at least 10-0 or better – NC State in 2019 (19-0) and Mercer in 2020 (11-0).
Illinois State is 5-8 on the road this season with wins at No. 23 Oklahoma State and No. 13 Arkansas. The Redbirds will play Tuesday evening against Florida A&M in Tallahassee.
Fans can watch Tuesday’s game at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville on SEC Network +, and Wednesday’s matchup with Illinois State at home on the ACC Network. Both games can be heard on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM or nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.
GAME 16 – Florida State at Florida
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
FSU: LHP Antonio Velez (0-0, 0.79 ERA) vs. UF: RHP Nick Pogue (1-0, 6.14 ERA)
SEC Network + – 6:30 p.m.
GAME 17 – Illinois State at Florida State
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
FSU: TBD vs. ISU: RHP Jack Anderson (0-0, 6.75 ERA)
ACC Network – 6:00 p.m.
FSU vs. FLORIDA HISTORY
FSU holds the all-time series advantage against the Gators, 128-121.
Antonio Velez will make his first start of the season against the Gators. The left-handed senior has a 0.79 earned run average out of the bullpen this season, with 14 strikeouts and one walk in 11.1 innings pitched.
FSU vs. ILLINOIS STATE HISTORY
The only meeting between FSU and Illinois State came as a 6-3 Seminole victory in Tallahassee on March 9, 2004.
A pair of World Series Champions were featured in the Seminoles’ starting lineup in their lone meeting with the Redbirds. FSU Hall of Famer and current player in the Atlanta Braves organization, Shane Robinson, started in center field for the Noles and led the team at the plate offensively, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Retired MLB infielder and the younger brother of College Baseball Hall of Famer J.D. Drew, Stephen Drew, started at shortstop.
No. 14 Florida State took one of three against the No. 12 Blue Devils in Durham this weekend, with two tightly-contested defeats by just one run each.
In an ACC-opening pitcher’s duel on Friday evening, FSU fell to Duke, 2-1. CJ Van Eyk (1-1) got the start for the Noles and allowed just three hits in six innings, but Duke’s Bryce Jarvis (3-1) did not allow an FSU baserunner until there were two outs in the seventh inning. Florida State’s lone run scored came in the top of the ninth inning after a walk, two wild pitches and an RBI groundout. Despite the loss, Van Eyk struck out six batters while allowing just one earned run, and Jonah Scolaro (1.1 IP, 2 K) and Chase Haney (0.2 IP, 2 K) tossed solid outings in relief.
On Saturday afternoon, the Blue Devils clinched the weekend series with a 4-3 victory. Starter Shane Drohan tossed his longest outing of 2020 with 5.1 innings pitched. He allowed four earned runs and recorded six strikeouts. Antonio Velez threw 2.2 scoreless innings out of the pen while allowing just two hits and punching out two. Florida State had eight hits- including a big fly from Elijah Cabell for his first solo homer of 2020. The sophomore also walked twice (third multiple-walk game in career), and was hit by a pitch for the 14th time, the most in the country and already more than he had as a freshman (13 in 58 games).
Florida State collected its first ACC win of the season Sunday defeating Duke, 10-2, behind a season-high three homers from Elijah Cabell (three-run; seventh), Reese Albert (two-run; eighteenth-career) and Logan Lacey (first at FSU). At the plate, the Noles notched 13 hits and drew six walks with all nine starters reaching base at least once. Albert, Cabell, Lacey, and Robby Martin all had multiple hits, with Cabell tying his career high of five RBI in a game.
Jack Anderson (2-0) earned the win with 3.2 scoreless frames in relief, recording three strikeouts. Chase Haney (0.2 IP, 2 K). Clayton Kwiatkowski (1.2 IP, 4 K), Parker Messick (0.2 IP, 1 K) and Doug Kirkland (0.1 IP, 1 K) followed out of the pen without allowing a baserunner for the remainder of the afternoon. Haney appeared for the 11th time this season and 106th time in his career, tying him for fifth in FSU history in relief appearances and eighth in total appearances.
Florida State hosts Georgia Tech at Dick Howser this weekend for a three-game series. With a pair of 6:00 p.m. starts on Friday and Saturday and a 1:00 p.m. finale on Sunday, the Seminoles look to improve their 1-2 season record in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Fans can watch the game on ACC Network Extra, listen on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM or nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.
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