No. 15 Florida State baseball (23-16, 15-12 ACC) travels to South Bend to take on No. 7 Notre Dame (24-8, 21-8 ACC) this weekend. The Irish will present the biggest challenge of the Seminoles’ season thus far. Notre Dame is ranked in the top 10 of all the major polls and as high as #2 by Baseball America. The Irish are yet to lose a series this season and are 13-4 at home. FSU is 19-9 against ND and 5-4 at Frank Eck Stadium.
- Florida State’s pitching staff is first in the ACC in earned run average (3.20), hits allowed per nine innings (7.34), shutouts (4), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.48), strikeouts per nine innings (11.8), and WHIP (1.19). The Seminoles are top 30 in the country in each of those categories.
- Offensively, the ‘Noles are first in the conference in walks with 201. They are also top three in the conference in hit by pitches (51), home runs (61), and home runs per game (1.56).
- Matheu Nelson is first in the country with 20 home runs, 0.54 home runs per game, 57 RBI, 1.54 RBI/GM, .867 slugging percentage. He is also fifth in total bases. Behind the plate, the redshirt sophomore is throwing out 50% of runners. Nelson enters the weekend on a 10-game hit streak. `
- Elijah Cabell is 25th in the country with 0.32 HR/G and 38th with 11 homers. Cabell and Nelson have the most homers by a duo in the country. Cabell enters the weekend on a five-game hit streak.
- Robby Martin is top 50 in the country with 42 RBI. Martin and Nelson have the most RBI by a duo in the country.
- Tyler Martin is fifth in the country and leads the conference with 39 walks.
- Chase Haney is first in the country with 27 appearances. Haney is three appearances away from breaking Kevin Lynch’s FSU record of 136 career appearances. Jonah Scolaro is 10th in the country with 23 appearances.
- Jack Anderson picked up his first two career saves against Troy. In his first appearance of the season, Anderson walked three batters. Since then, he’s struck out 35 batters and walked none in 27.2 innings.
- Ross Dunn walked five batters in his first career appearance. In his last seven outings, he’s gone 7.1 IP and allowed two hits, one walk, and no earned runs while striking out nine. He’s allowed an opponents’ batting average of .077.
- Isaiah Perry is expected to be available this weekend after a HBP against Stetson held him out against Troy. With two left-handed pitchers scheduled to start for Notre Dame, Perry could be back in the starting lineup this weekend.
- Clayton Kwiatkowski is also inching his way back to a return. Kwiatkowski left game three against Georgia Tech after one batter with an arm injury. He is one throwing session away from being available again.
- Former FSU infielder Link Jarrett is in his second season as Notre Dame’s head coach. Jarrett was a four-year starter for the Noles and is the NCAA record holder for career assists (802). Jarrett and Mike Martin Jr. were roommates in college.
- The Irish currently rank No. 2 in the nation in fielding percentage (0.985). The Irish have only committed 18 errors in 32 games this season and have had two series where they have not committed any errors over the entire weekend.
- With a sweep of North Carolina last week, the Irish have won nine ACC series this season. It is their most conference series wins in a season since 2000 when they won nine series in the BIG EAST.
- Notre Dame is coming off a historic offensive weekend against the Tar Heels. The Irish racked up 36 runs over the course of their series sweep against North Carolina. It was the most runs in a series sweep for the Irish since March 20-22, 2008 when the Irish scored 38 runs in a series sweep over Georgetown.
- Reliever Tanner Kohlhepp is first in the ACC with seven wins. He is also first in the ACC with a 2.34 ERA, 5.53 hits per nine, and a 0.90 WHIP. Kohlhepp will likely work as a tandem starter in game one, relieving the starter and throwing the rest of the game.
- Notre Dame is 18-2 when they score first. The Irish are yet to lose consecutive games this season and are 5-0 in rubber matches. When Notre Dame scores more than two runs, they’re 24-3.
Friday 5/7, 6:00 PM
Probable Starters: LHP Parker Messick (2.45 ERA, 62.1 IP) vs. LHP Will Mercer (5.97 ERA, 34.2 IP)
How to watch: ACC Network
Saturday 5/08, 1:00 PM
Probable Starters: LHP Bryce Hubbart (3.44 ERA, 49.2 IP) vs. LHP John Bertrand (3.38 ERA, 58.2 IP)
How to watch: ACC Network
Sunday 5/09, 1:00 PM
Probable Starters: RHP Conor Grady (3.91 ERA, 50.2 IP) vs. TBD
How to watch: ACC Network
ND top performers
- Niko Kavadas is the main producer for the Irish. Kavadas is second in the ACC with 15 home runs, 0.47 HR/G, 1.34 RBI/G, a .483 on-base percentage, and a .794 slugging percentage. Kavadas leads to conference with 1.12 walks per game. The left-handed hitter is also top fifty in the country with 43 RBI. Kavadas is also hitting .308 and hasn’t made an error at first base this season. He has 12 more free passes than strikeouts.
- Carter Putz has been a force in the Notre Dame lineup since stepping on campus three years ago. In 95 games, Putz is hitting .302. 2021 has been a breakout year for the junior. Putz is hitting. 349 through 32 games. The infielder has posted multiple hits in 15 games. He also has 14 extra base hits and a .519 slugging percentage.
- Ryan Cole has become an everyday starter with a breakout year as a senior. Over the last 23 games, Cole is hitting .324 and is hitting .313 for the season. Cole has also posted a .525 slugging percentage with five doubles and four home runs. He has three more free passes than strikeouts. Cole is a threat on the base paths with six stolen bases in seven attempts.
For more on the matchup, a recap of the Troy series, and an inteview with Eric Luallen, the voice of FSU baseball, check out the latest episode of Sunday Golds: A Florida State Baseball Podcast’s:
We’ll update this article with FSU’s lineup when it becomes available.
UPDATE, 4:00 PM:
#FSU baseball G1 lineup at ND:— Brett Nevitt (@brettpn) May 7, 2021
1B T. Martin
3B L. Lacey
C M. Nelson
RF R. Martin
LF E. Cabell
DH D. Hare
CF W. Crowell
SS N. De Sedas
2B J. Greene
SP Parker Messick
First pitch of game one is scheduled for 6:00 PM from South Bend. The game will be broadcasted on ACC Network extra. We will have updates in the game thread below, and I’ll have updates on my twitter as well (@brettpn).