#1 FSU Baseball Looks to Sweep Maryland: 7:30 Game Thread

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The Florida State Seminoles easily defeated a bad Maryland team the past two days 10-3 and 9-2. The Noles now move to a remarkable 21-2 in conference while the Terps are now a meager 8-18.

Starting Pitchers:

Fans finally get what they have been asking for as freshman Luke Weaver gets the start tonight. He has looked good this season but so far there is nothing that says solid third starter.

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Only once all season has Weaver gone more than three innings as the majority of his work has been in relief. The Noles could desperately use a solid third starter if they are serious about making it deep into the postseason.

Maryland will go with 6'-8" righty David Carroll

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Carroll has had very little success against teams of the Noles caliber. Florida State should be able to get to the bullpen that has already been taxed this weekend pitching 10.2 of the total 16 innings.

Other Baseball News:

  • In other Noles news Devon Travis is officially out til next weekend with an ingrown toenail
  • Justin Gonzalez won ACC Player of the Week.
  • Gonzalez led top-ranked Florida State to a 3-0 record on the week, including two wins against Maryland to help the Seminoles secure their eighth ACC series victory of the season and run their winning streak to a season-high 10 games. The Miami, Fla., native recorded a single and scored a run in a 3-0 midweek win over Jacksonville while playing exceptional defense with six assists, including a key play in the ninth inning with a runner on base. In the two wins over Maryland, Gonzalez paced the Seminole offense hitting .600 (3-for-5) with two home runs - a two-run, opposite field shot as the Terps claimed a 10-3 win in game one, and his second grand slam of the season to key a 9-2 victory in game two. Gonzalez had a perfect day at the plate in Sunday's game two, reaching base on all four plate appearances. For the week, the Miami, Fla., native slugged 1.111, while posting an on-base percentage of .545 with seven RBI.

  • With a win tonight Florida State will have a six game lead in the ACC and barring a huge collapse will win the ACC regular season title and be the 1 seed in the tournament.
  • Florida State moves back to #1 in all four major collegiate polls and are now the only team in the nation all season not to lose a weekend series.
After some brief showers the game has been delayed to 7:30 PM and can be viewed on ESPNU or ESPN3.
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