March 5, 2020 - by
⚾: Noles Open Road Schedule at No. 12 Duke

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Coming off of a 9-8, walk-off win over undefeated Mercer on Tuesday evening, No. 14 Florida State (9-3) heads to Durham, North Carolina to play No. 12 Duke (10-2) for a three-game series in its first weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Seminoles’ victory over the Bears Tuesday at Dick Howser Stadium on Fan Appreciation Day came after the game was relocated from Macon, Georgia, due to weather.

Game Notes

Fans can watch all three contests at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on the ACC Network Extra, listen on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM or nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.

GAME 13 – Florida State at Duke
Friday, March 6, 2020
FSU: RHP CJ Van Eyk (1-0, 1.23 ERA) vs. DU: RHP Bryce Jarvis (2-1, 0.90 ERA)
ACC Network Extra – 4:00 p.m.

GAME 14 – Florida State at Duke
Saturday, March 7, 2020
FSU: LHP Shane Drohan (0-0, 2.92 ERA) vs. DU: RHP Cooper Stinson (2-0, 0.00 ERA)
ACC Network Extra – 1:00 p.m.

GAME 15 – Florida State at Duke
Sunday, March 8, 2020
FSU: RHP Conor Grady (2-0, 2.08 ERA) vs. DU: RHP Jack Carey (1-0, 3.21 ERA)
ACC Network Extra – 1:00 p.m.

FSU’s weekend starters have combined to pitch 40 innings in nine starts. The trio has allowed just nine earned runs while striking out 54 batters.

Van Eyk earned his first win of the season last Friday against FAU. He allowed just one Owl hit with eight strikeouts in six innings pitched. In his last start against No. 3 Texas Tech, Drohan struck out a career-high nine batters in 4.2 frames while allowing one earned run on three hits.

Grady went three innings in his start against the Red Raiders on Sunday, allowing two runs on two hits.

FSU vs. DUKE HISTORY

FSU holds the all-time series advantage against the Blue Devils, 78-24, and is 4-3 against Duke teams in the Top 25.

Florida State took down the Blue Devils, 4-3, in its last regular-season trip to Durham on May 15, 2016 behind a career-high three doubles from Seminole senior captain John Sansone. The FSU pitching staff chalked up the victory, combining to allow just six hits. Starter Ed Voyles allowed just two runs –one earned– on five hits in 3.2 innings, and his brother, Jim Voyles earned the win in relief after tossing 2.1 innings, allowing one earned run and one hit. Chase Haney, Alec Byrd and Tyler Warmoth combined three hitless frames to close out the win.

MIDWEEK RECAP

Tyler Martin’s walk-off single in the 11th inning propelled the Seminoles to a 9-8 win over undefeated Mercer on Tuesday evening at Dick Howser Stadium. The Bears took an 8-5 lead in the eighth, but FSU immediately responded to tie the game up with three runs scored in the bottom half of the inning. Highlighted by Elijah Cabell’s two-run homer in the third inning, the win also featured standout pitching performances from starter Bryce Hubbart (career-highs 1.2 IP, 3 K), Tyler Ahearn (3.2 IP, career-high 5 K) and Davis Hare (career highs 3.1 IP, 4 K). Hare (1-1) closed out the game to earn the win, allowing just one hit and one walk. Chase Haney took the rubber for the ninth time this season, ranking ninth in FSU history with 104 career appearances.

Florida State recorded 11 hits- four of which were doubles from Mat Nelson (3), Robby Martin (4), Tyler Martin (5) and Logan Lacey (1; first of FSU career)- and drew nine walks against the Bears.

NOTEWORTHY

  • Sophomore catcher Mat Nelson was hit by a pitch twice by the Bears and now has been plunked seven times this season. He led FSU in 2019 with 17 HBPs and has been hit by a pitch multiple times in a game five times in his career.
  • Nelson has reached base in 24 consecutive games, after reaching by a single, double and two HBPs against Mercer.
  • Sophomore outfielder Elijah Cabell has 5 of FSU’s 9 home runs in 2020 and 12 in his career.
  • Cabell now has 22 RBI on the season, just three shy of his freshman total (25 in 58 games).
  • Florida State batters have been hit by 35 pitches this season- 13 of which are credited to Cabell. He matched his freshman year total of 13 in 11 games (played 58 games as a freshman).
  • Freshman Tyler Martin leads the Noles in on-base percentage with a .545 mark. He has hit the most doubles (5), is tied with Robby Martin in triples (1), is tied with Cabell and Nelson for the most runs scored (14) and holds the team-lead in walks (12).
  • Mercer scored an unearned run in the fourth inning on Tuesday, the first FSU has allowed in that frame this season. FSU is outscoring opponents 27-1 in the fourth inning.
  • The Seminole pitching staff has recorded double-digit strikeouts in 11 of 12 games this season.

UP NEXT

Florida State will matchup with the top-ranked Gators in the first of three games played between the two teams this season on Tuesday, March 10 in Gainesville. They meet again on Tuesday, March 24 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, and on Tuesday, April 14 at home in Tallahassee.

Fans can watch the matchup at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network +.

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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