With three months and two days to the college baseball season-opening, the Seminoles have released their 2020 regular-season schedule. Mike Martin Jr. will open his head coaching career against the Niagara Purple Eagles on February 14th. Niagara had a record of 15-33 last year under head coach, Rob McCoy.
As Junior mentioned earlier this fall, FSU will take on Texas Tech and FAU in a round-robin tournament on February 28th-March 1st. The ’Noles faced both teams in the postseason last year, defeating the Owls 13-7 in the Athens Regional and were eliminated from the College World Series by the Red Raiders giving the Seminoles an opportunity to get redemption on Tim Tadlock’s squad early in the year.
FSU will take on multiple familiar non-conference foes in the midweek schedule, facing USF, Jacksonville, Mercer, UCF, Stetson, and Florida. The ‘Noles will also meet some new non-conference opponents in Cincinnati, Illinois State, and Bethune Cookman.
The Seminoles will open conference play at Duke on March 6th; the Blue Devils were 35-27 last year and will be a new conference foe for the ‘Noles in 2020. Duke went all the way to the Super Regionals last year, where they took the future National Champs to three games. FSU will still face all their Atlantic division opponents this season but will face a couple different Coastal division teams. NC State, Miami, Louisville, and Notre Dame will travel to Tallahassee for weekend series and FSU will head to Clemson, Wake Forrest, Pitt, and Boston College for away series. The Seminoles will also face Georgia Tech this season, in their first home ACC series.
UF and FSU will face off for three times once again in 2020 as the Seminoles will look to break an 11-game losing streak to the Gators. The ‘Noles will travel to Gainesville on 3/10, before the teams meet up in Jacksonville on 3/24, and the Gators will travel to Tallahassee on 4/14. Snapping the losing streak to their biggest rival will likely be on the list of goals for Junior’s debut season as head coach.
FSU will cap off the regular season with a road series against Clemson before heading to the ACC tournament in Charlotte. In total, the Seminoles will face 12 teams that went to the postseason last year. With nearly 50% of the offensive production from last season’s team gone and a rigorous schedule, the road to 40 wins will be tough for Mike Martin Jr. in his first season at the helm with this rigorous schedule.