March 5, 2019

⚾️: Baseball Hosts North Florida

Game Notes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (10-0) puts its perfect record on the line Wednesday against North Florida (8-5), scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The game will be the Noles first midweek game of 2019 after a pair of rainouts at Jacksonville and USF last month.

Junior pitcher Antonio Velez will make his first career start as a Seminole. The JUCO transfer is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in 10.0 innings out of the bullpen for the Noles.

GAME 11 – North Florida at Florida State
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
LHP Antonio Velez (2-0, 0.90 ERA) vs. RHP Trace Norkus (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
ACC Network Extra – 6:00 p.m.

The Seminoles and Ospreys have not met since 2010, when FSU took 2-of-3 against UNF. The teams played at least once each season between 2006 and 2010. FSU is 7-1 in Dick Howser Stadium against North Florida.

Florida State is ranked between No. 1 and No. 13 in the national polls this week. The Seminoles are the top-ranked team in the Collegiate Baseball poll. It is the first week FSU is atop the standings since March 2017, when D1Baseball had the Noles ranked No. 1.

FSU is one of just four teams without a loss on the season – Tennessee (12-0), Arizona State (11-0) and NC State (11-0) are the other four. Last season, FSU was one of the final three undefeated teams en route to a 14-0 start.

Thanks to the two midweek rainouts, the Seminoles will open the season with 14 consecutive home games when Virginia Tech visits Tallahassee this weekend.

Florida State is the only team ranked in the Top 20 in batting average (14th, .318), earned run average (20th, 2.51) and fielding percentage (1st, .994). The Noles rank second nationally in slugging percentage (.608) and on-base percentage (.476).

Cooper Swanson and Drew Mendoza each hit three home runs last weekend against Mercer. Swanson entered the weekend with two career home runs and five RBI – against Mercer, he hit a home run in each game and had six total RBI. Mendoza leads FSU and is 10th nationally with five home runs.

Freshman designated hitter and outfielder Robby Martin leads FSU in hits and RBI and was named the ACC Player of the Week after hitting .667 (8-for-12) with eight RBI against Youngstown State (2/22-23). He became FSU’s first freshman to win POTW honors since DJ Stewart won the award twice in 2013.

Head coach Mike Martin, the winningest coach in college baseball history, is just three wins shy of notching 2,000 for his career. Twice this year, March 7 and April 23, fans can eat lunch with ‘11’ and hear stories about the 2019 team.

Tickets for the luncheon, held at the FSU Alumni Center and catered by Andrew’s, can be purchased here.

Florida State and Martin announced in June that 2019 would be the legendary coach’s 40th and final season leading the Noles.

For more information on Florida State baseball, check 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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