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‘Noles will need to win both games in pool play to advance.

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No. 23 Florida State baseball (29-21, 20-16 ACC) will begin postseason play on Wednesday morning. The Seminoles are in pool D of the ACC Tournament along with four-seed Miami (32-17, 20-15 ACC) and nine-seed Duke (28-20, 16-17 ACC). FSU will need to win both games to advance to Saturday’s semifinals against the pool A winner. If each team goes 1-1, the highest seed, Miami, automatically moves on. The Seminoles will be looking for their ninth ACC Tournament Championship. The tournament is held at Truist Field in Charlotte, North Carolina this year.

The Seminoles’ offense is top-20 in the country with 252 walks and 72 home runs. Matheu Nelson is first in the country with 22 home runs and 0.46 home runs per game. He is also top five with a .802 slugging percentage, 142 total bases, and 63 RBI. Tyler Martin is ninth in the nation with 46 RBI. On the mound, the ‘Noles are top-20 with a 3.38 ERA, 7.67 H/9, 3.27 K-BB, and 11.5 K/9. Parker Messick is seventh in the nation with 114 strikeouts. All three of the Seminoles weekend starters are top-35 in K/9.

Miami is 8-2 in their last ten games. At the plate, the Hurricanes are hitting .268 with a .780 OPS. The Canes have compiled a .366 OBP and .414 SLG. Miami averages 6.18 runs per game and have slugged 53 home runs. They’ve stolen just 30 bases. In the field, Miami has a .973 fielding percentage. On the bump, the Hurricanes have a 4.31 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. Miami’s closer Carson Palmquist, 1.38 ERA and 0.62 WHIP in 39 IP, is a first-team All-ACC member. The Seminoles swept Miami in Coral Gables in mid-March, outscoring them 34-2 over the three games.

Duke has won eight straight games after sweeps of Virginia Tech and Clemson. The Blue Devils are the hottest team in the ACC. Duke has a potent offensive attack, led by the top of their order which includes two All-ACC outfielders. Seven of the nine starters are hitting above .280. As a team, Duke is hitting .285 with a .371 OBP. Three separate Blue Devils have 12+ homers and the team has a .471 slugging percentage. In the field, Duke has posted a .967 fielding percentage. On the mound, the Blue Devils have a 4.74 ERA and .252 average against.

Here are the probables for the week, with game times and TV channels:

Wednesday 5/26, 11:00 AM vs. Duke

Probable Starters: RHP Billy Seidl (6.75 ERA, 18.2 IP) vs. LHP Bryce Hubbart (3.26 ERA, 60.2 IP)

How to watch: RSN/ACC Network Extra

Friday 5/28, 3:00 PM at Miami

Probable Starters: LHP Parker Messick (2.78 ERA, 74.1 IP) vs. TBA

How to watch: RSN/ACC Network Extra

Duke top performers

  • JR. OF RJ Schreck: .350 AVG / .453 OBP / .644 SLG / 11 SB / 15 HR / 46 RBI
  • SR OF Joey Loperfido: .360 AVG / .469 OBP / .560 SLG / 11 SB / 22 XBH / 24 RBI
  • SR INF Chris Crabtree: .288 AVG / .350 OBP / .616 SLG / 8 2B / 12 HR / 36 RBI

Miami top performers

  • R-JR OF Christian Del Castillo: .368 AVG / .430 OBP / .495 SLG / 7 SB / 14 XBH / 40 RBI
  • JR INF Raymond Gil: .303 AVG / .380 OBP / .525 SLG / 6 2B / 7 HR / 28 RBI
  • SO INF Anthony Villar: .301 AVG / .425 OBP / .425 SLG / 8 2B / 5 HR / 28 RBI

For more on the Tournament, a recap of the NC State series, and a one-on-one interview with Mike Martin Jr., check out the latest episode of Sunday Golds: A Florida State Baseball Podcast’s:

For Martin Jr.’s tournament preview with the media, see below:

Matheu Nelson and Parker Messick also spoke to the media about their awards: