TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State baseball opens the 2020 season, and the Mike Martin, Jr. era, Friday night when the Noles host Niagara for a three-game opening series beginning Friday at Dick Howser Stadium.
All three games will stream live on ACC Network Extra. Fans in Tallahassee can listen on 106.1 FM and nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.
GAME 1 – Niagara at Florida State
Friday, February 14, 2020
RHP CJ Van Eyk (FSU) vs. RHP Tommy Bednarski (NU)
ACC Network Extra – 6:00 p.m.
GAME 2 – Niagara at Florida State
Saturday, February 15, 2020
LHP Shane Drohan (FSU) vs. LHP Chaz DeLuca (NU)
ACC Network Extra – 2:00 p.m.
GAME 3 – Niagara at Florida State
Sunday, February 16, 2020
RHP Conor Grady (FSU) vs. RHP Steven Hospital (NU)
ACC Network Extra – 12:00 p.m.
FSU vs. NIAGARA HISTORY
Florida State and Niagara have faced off 10 times, with FSU posting a 10-0 record against the Purple Eagles.
The teams most recently met in 2014 when Florida State swept the three-game series by a combined 30-3 margin. In their 4-1 win on Saturday, February 15, former Seminole and current NFL quarterback Jameis Winston closed out the game and earned the save.
To begin the 2019 season, Drew Parrish, Conor Grady, and Chase Haney combined for a season-opening no-hitter vs. Maine for just the 10th no-hitter in school history.
The Seminoles are 36-4 in their last 40 season-opening games.
JUNIOR TRIO ANCHORS ROTATION
CJ Van Eyk, Shane Drohan, and Conor Grady will be the Seminoles’ weekend starters to open the season. Van Eyk, a 2020 preseason All-American and projected first-round MLB draft pick, made 18 starts and finished 10-4 with a 3.81 ERA in 2019. Drohan split time between the bullpen and rotation, making 11 starts and finishing with a 3-1 record and a 3.66 ERA. Grady ended with a 3.64 ERA and 9-6 record after being promoted to the Seminoles’ starting staff for eight games at the tail-end of the 2019 season.
Florida State welcomes 18 newcomers, including 12 freshmen and six collegiate transfers. Newcomers expected to start on Opening Night are designated hitter Tyler Martin and second baseman Jackson Greene.
RETURNING STAT LEADERS
Among returning Seminoles at the plate in 2019, All-American Robby Martin led FSU in batting average (.315), hits (68), doubles (17), and runs batted in (54). Nander De Sadas held the advantage in runs scored (38). Junior Reese Albert was the team-leader in home runs (9) and triples (3). Freshman Elijah Cabell earned the most walks (39) and stolen bases (9).
On the mound, Chase Haney led all qualifying pitchers (30+ innings pitched) with a 2.41 ERA and a .170 opponent batting average. CJ Van Eyk had the most innings pitched (99.1), wins (10) and strikeouts (129). Jonah Scolaro led in saves with two.
The FSU baseball program is beginning a new era with the ninth head baseball coach in school history, skipper Mike Martin Jr. A 1995 graduate of Florida State and former All-American catcher for the Seminoles, Martin spent 22 years as an assistant coach and will take on the lead role that his father held for 40 years before him.
Florida State hosts USF on Tuesday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. The game will stream live on the ACC Network Extra. Fans can listen on the radio at 106.1 FM or nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.
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