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🍢 vs. ⚔️ | Baseball Hosts No. 21 UCF

2018 Game Notes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 8 Florida State (16-4) will host No. 21 UCF (17-4) for a midweek series Tuesday and Wednesday on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Both games will stream live on the ACC Network Extra.

FSU has won seven straight against the Knights, including a 3-0 record in 2017. The Noles won both games in Orlando and an elimination game in the Tallahassee Regional.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (Commentary)
ACC Network Extra – 6:00 P.M.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (Commentary)
ACC Network Extra – 4:00 P.M.

Tuesday – RHP Andrew Karp (FSU) vs. RHP Jordan Spicer (UCF)
          Karp – 3-1, 4.15 ERA; Spicer – 3-0, 3.98 ERA

Wednesday – TBA (FSU) vs. RHP Thad Ward (UCF)
          Ward – 2-1, 3.48 ERA

Florida State has won seven straight against the Knights, sweeping the season series each of the past three seasons. FSU ended UCF’s season last year with a 6-1 win in the Tallahassee Regional.

The Knights have won 16 of its past 17 games, including a two-game sweep of No. 1 Florida.


Over the past week, FSU has hit 10 home runs in four games, including a season-high four at No. 2 Florida on March 13. Rhett Aplin, Reese Albert, Nick Derr and Drew Mendoza each hit two home runs in that span.

Derr leads FSU with three home runs on the season. Albert, Aplin, Mendoza, Cal Raleigh and Jackson Lueck each have two.

Last season, FSU did not have a four-HR game until the Super Regional final against Sam Houston State.


Florida State struck out just eight times in the three games against Notre Dame last weekend, including just once on Friday night. It was the first time that FSU had just one K against an ACC opponent since April 1, 2016 at Boston College.

The eight strikeouts were the fewest in a three-game series for the FSU offense since seven strikeouts (3-2-2) against Villanova March 1-3, 2013.

Shortstop Mike Salvatore is striking out just once every 19 at-bats this year (18th best in the country) and has not struck out in 22 at-bats in ACC play.

Head coach Mike Martin is just 16 wins away from becoming college baseball’s winningest coach. Martin is 1,960-698-4 over 39 seasons at Florida State and trails the late Augie Garrido (1,975) for the most in NCAA history. Martin’s .738 career winning percentage is the best among active coaches.

Garrido passed away last week, leading Martin to say, “College baseball and the world lost one of the finest men in our coaching profession. Augie dedicated his life to making young men better people. He will be deeply missed by myself and many others.”

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