The Seminoles, ranked 11th to 20th in the six main polls, will try to avenge the last year's three midweek game sweep by the Gators who are top four in all six polls. Both schools are coming off of conference series wins having won each series in similar fashion, dropping the first game due to an anemic offensive performance and blowing out each team in the last two games.
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The Gators are having a fantastic offensive year so far and that is due in part to Harrison Badler's junior season. The outfielder is batting .424/.557/.898 and already has 7 homeruns on the season, UF had 26 total all of 2014. Four other hitters have an on-base percentage greater than .400 including freshman catcher JJ Schwarz who has 4 homeruns of his own.
Like clockwork the Noles are going to score a lot of runs and that is because of their ability to earn a walk. They currently lead the country in base on balls and freshman shortstop Taylor Walls leads the nation in total walks. After going through a "minor" slump outfielder DJ Stewart is having another All-American season. The junior has 6 of the Noles' 19 homeruns and while stilling achieving a .505 on-base percentage.
Game 22 - Florida March 17
First Pitch: 7:00 p.m. ET
FSU Starter: LHP, Alec Byrd (3-0, 1.93 ERA)
UF Starter: RHP, Eric Hanhold (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Radio: 106.1 FM - Tallahassee
TV/Internet: SEC Network
For the Noles sophomore Alec Byrd is making his second start of the season and third for his career. He had a decent start in his last outing against a potent UCF offense where he pitched only 4 innings. I really like Byrd and believe he has the potential to work his way into the weekend rotation. The Gators are countering with junior Eric Hanhold who has pitched only 4 innings in 3 apparenances. In what was a controlled start last week versus Fairfeld the right pitched three innings, struck out three and walked two.
Neither team has a game until Friday so I would expect a heavy dose of the bullpen. The Gators are more than likely the better team and it is a meaningless weekday game. A win means nothing more than bragging rights against your rival. All your play-by -play will be right here.