After taking two out of three from the Pittsburgh Panthers on the road, Florida State will return to Dick Howser stadium and take on in-state opponent, University of Central Florida, for a two game series beginning on Tuesday.
The top of the order for Florida State has really been the highlight of this team thus far. Leading off, Taylor Walls has found his place, hitting .395 with an on base percentage of .505. The man behind him, John Sansone, is especially grateful for Walls getting on base as the third baseman is driving men home on a torrid pace. Through 20 games so far, Sansone has collected 30 RBI with three home runs. Those 30 runs batted in are good for eighth in the nation. In the third spot is freshman Cal Raleigh who has burst onto the scene. In his first 20 games at the collegiate level, the catcher is hitting .333 with two home runs and 20 runs batted in. The three together have created a solid top of the lineup which has helped generate the third most runs in the entire NCAA this season.
UCF does have an advantage over the 'Noles, and that is their fielding. Currently, the Knights rank first in the American Athletic Conference, boasting a .976 fielding percentage compared to FSU's .961. Offensively, they are led by junior transfers Brennan Bozeman and Ryan Crile. The infielders are both hitting .301 through 21 games played and are active on the bases, combining for 16 stolen base attempts. The power threat on UCF is Austin Griffin who has already smacked five home runs this year to go along with a team leading 24 RBI.
On Tuesday night, Florida State will send out freshman Tyler Holton (0-2, 3.94 ERA) who will be making his fourth start of the season. The lefty has struggled with his command out of the gate, allowing nine walks and hitting three batters in just 16 innings. His stuff is there however, striking out 20 batters. UCF will counter with Juan Pimentel (0-3, 6.75 ERA), a junior transfer. Pimentel has been very hittable, allowing 29 base knocks in 20 innings, while walking six batters. This will be his eighth appearance of the season, but only his third start. His best outing came against the University of Miami where the Dominican struck out seven Canes in 4 2/3 innings. Wednesday's starters have yet to be announced.
Game one of the series is set to begin at 6 PM EST on Tuesday while the finale will take place Wednesday at 4 PM EST. Tomahawk Nation will be providing full coverage from both games.