At the end of their first ACC victory of the season against n. 12 Duke on Sunday, n. 16 Florida State (10-5, 1-2 ACC) will play two midweek matches – at no. 1 Florida (16-0) on Tuesday evening at the Sunshine Showdown in Gainesville and Wednesday at home against Illinois State (6-8).
The Seminoles are about to leave for 2-2 weeks, beating Mercer on Tuesday and releasing 2 out of 3 in Durham against the Blue Devils.
Florida enters the week as the last undefeated team left in the nation. In 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).
The state of Illinois is 5-8 on the road this season with wins at no. 23 of Oklahoma State and at no. 13 Arkansas. The Redbirds will play Tuesday night against Florida A&M in Tallahassee.
Fans can watch Tuesday’s game at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville on SEC Network + and Wednesday’s meeting with the State of Illinois at home on the ACC network. Both games can be played on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM or nationwide through the FSU Gamingay app.
GAME 16 – Florida State at Florida
Tuesday 10 March 2020
FSU: LHP Antonio Velez (0-0, 0.79 ERA) vs. UF: RHP Nick Pogue (1-0, 6.14 ERA)
SEC network + – 18:30
GAME 17 – State of Illinois to the state of Florida
Wednesday 11 March 2020
FSU: TBD vs. ISU: RHP Jack Anderson (0-0, 6.75 ERA)
ACC Network – 6pm
HISTORY OF FSU Vs. FLORIDA
The FSU holds the advantage of all series against the Gators, 128-121.
Antonio Velez will make his first start of the season against the Gators. The left-handed senior scored an average of 0.79 points from the bullpen this season, with 14 strikeouts and a walk in 11.1 innings cast.
U.S. HISTORY vs. ILLINOIS
The only meeting between the FSU and the state of Illinois came with a 6-3 Seminole win at Tallahassee on March 9, 2004.
A couple of World Series champions were featured in the initial Seminoles lineup in their solitary encounter with the Redbirds. FSU Hall of Famer and current actor in the Atlanta Braves organization, Shane Robinson, started in central court for the Noles and led the team offensively, going 3 on 4 with an RBI. The retired MLB infielder and younger brother of College Baseball Hall of Famer J.D. Drew, Stephen Drew, started from shorttop.
The 14th Florida State took one of three against the 12 Blue Devils in Durham this weekend, with two tightly contested defeats of one race each.
On Friday night, in a duel with the launch of the ACC, the FSU dropped to Duke, 2-1. CJ Van Eyk (1-1) got the start for the Noles and conceded only three hits in six innings, but Duke’s Bryce Jarvis (3-1) did not allow an FSU baserunner until they were there two outs in the seventh inning. The lone run marked by Florida State came to the top of the ninth inning after a walk, two wild shots and an RBI groundout. Despite the loss, Van Eyk eliminated six bars while allowing only one race to be earned, and Jonah Scolaro (1.1 IP, 2 K) and Chase Haney (0.2 IP, 2 K) threw solid relief releases.
On Saturday afternoon, the Blue Devils took the weekend streak with a 4-3 win. Appetizer Shane Drohan launched its longest release of 2020 with 5.1 innings launched. He allowed four shots earned and recorded six strikeouts. Antonio Velez threw 2.2 innings unscored from the pen, allowing only two strokes and pulling out two. Florida State has had eight hits, including a large fly by Elijah Cabell for her first solo humerus in 2020. She also walked twice in the second year (third career multi-walk game), and was hit by a shot for the 14th time, the most in the country and already more than he had as a freshman (13 in 58 games).
Florida State racked up its first ACC of the season on Sunday by defeating Duke, 10-2, behind three high season homers from Elijah Cabell (three series; seventh), Reese Albert (two series; eighteenth career) and Logan Lacey ( first at the FSU). At the plate, the Noles scored 13 shots and made six walks with all nine appetizers that reached the base at least once. Albert, Cabell, Lacey and Robby Martin have all had multiple successes, with Cabell setting his five RBI career record in one game.
Jack Anderson (2-0) gained the victory with 3.2 frames without any shortcuts 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) came out of the pen without allowing a baserunner for the rest of the afternoon. Haney appeared on the 11thth weather this season and 106th time of his career, tying him for the fifth in the history of the FSU in the major appearances and the eighth in the total appearances.
Florida State is hosting Georgia Tech at Dick Howser this weekend for a three game streak. With a couple of 6:00 p.m. starting Friday and Saturday and at 1:00 p.m. final Sunday, the Seminoles try to improve their 1-2 season record in the Atlantic Coast Conference representation.
Fans can watch the game on ACC Network Extra, listen to the radio at Tallahassee on 106.1 FM or nationwide through the FSU Gamingay app.
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