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Florida State Seminoles Baseball Travels to Face Notre Dame Fighting Irish

After a midweek series split with FGCU the Seminoles (26-9, 11-4) travel to South Bend for the first time ever to play the Fighting Irish (21-10, 6-9).

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The Florida State Seminoles look to have the same success on this road trip as they did last weekend in Raleigh. A series win would be excellent and should be expected against a team like Notre Dame who is a bottom half conference team. The Irish have only one win over a top 50 RPI team, half of their conference wins have came against Pitt last week and if you didn't know Pitt is terrible.

Notre Dame Florida State
Nat. Rk Stat Nat. Rk
205 0.258 BA 0.274 132
202 0.344 OBP 0.418 3
171 0.364 SLG 0.427 46
0.708 OPS 0.845
121 5.7 R/G 7.8 6
9.4% BB% 15.8%
18.5% K% 21.3%
80.9% SB% 70.7%
38 3.17 ERA 4.17 125
65 8.38 H/9 9.27 145
250 6.0 K/9 9.1 13
69 3.21 BB/9 3.3 78
254 1.86 K:BB 2.75 37
24 0.976 Field% 0.956 241
Stats through 4/7/15

The Notre Dame offense is pretty poor, they don't get on base particularly well, don't hit for power and subsequently don't score a lot of runs. They have one player on the entire team, Cavin Biggio, who has an on-base percentage greater than .400, the Noles have eight that can make that claim. The Irish are even worse in conference play scoring just 4.1 runs per game while the Noles are still scoring more than seven runs per game against ACC teams.

Game 36 - at Notre Dame April 10

First Pitch: 6:05 p.m. ET

FSU Starter: RHP, Boomer Biegalski (2-2, 3.25 ERA)

ND Starter: RHP, Ryan Smoyer (4-0, 2.51 ERA)

Radio: 106.1 FM - Tallahassee

TV/Internet: ESPN3

Game 37 - at Notre Dame April 11

First Pitch: 2:05 p.m. ET

FSU Starter: RHP, Drew Carlton (2-1, 4.01 ERA)

ND Starter: RHP, Brandon Bielak (3-1, 3.77 ERA)

Radio: 106.1 FM - Tallahassee

TV/Internet: ESPN3

Game 38 - at Notre Dame April 12

First Pitch: 1:05 p.m. ET

FSU Starter: RHP, Cobi Johnson (3-2, 6.06 ERA)

ND Starter: TBA

Radio: 106.1 FM - Tallahassee

TV/Internet: ESPN3

The pitching staff for Notre Dame was phenomenal last week as they allowed only 5 runs in a 3 games against Pitt, but unfortuantely they have to face an offense a bit more formidable that then that of the Panthers. Looking at their numbers the Irish pitching staff does not rely on the strikeout to be successful, which might be good for the Noles. They don't walk a lot of batters and rely on their solid defense to make plays, that could be problematic for a team that hits the ball as well as Florida State does.

There hasn't been whole lot of consistency with the rotation this season for Florida State and the bullpen has been an absolute nightmare. What is so promising is the extremely high strikeouts per nine the pitching staff has. Walks and hits are high, coupled with an atrocious defense the pitching staff really struggles at times.

Florida State is finally a top 10 team in every poll and series sweep would be wonderful but a series win is what should be expected when playing on the road. All three games can be viewied via ESPN3 and follow along here for your play by play.

Go Noles!