TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 5 Florida State (15-0) hits the road for the first time this year as the Seminoles head south to face intra-state rival Florida (8-9) in Gainesville for the first of three meetings against the Gators in 2013.
At 15-0, the Seminoles are off to their best start since 2007 when they opened with 23 straight wins. FSU has started a season with 15 consecutive wins three times in the program’s 66-year history.
Tuesday marks the 225th meeting between these two schools as FSU leads the all-time series 123-100-1. The Gators have held the upper hand at home leading 54-43 in Gainesville, but when looking at the series over the last 46 games, FSU is 27-19.
Tuesday’s contest also marks the first time that both teams are not ranked in the top 25 since May 31, 2008 when No. 2 Florida State defeated Florida 17-11 in an elimination game at the Tallahassee Regional. UF was ranked No. 29 by Collegiate Baseball in the final regular season poll that year.
The Seminoles will look to snap a three-game losing streak to the Gators as Florida won all three games last year outscoring FSU 19-6. It was the first time since 2009 that FSU lost the season series to Florida and the first time since 1958 that the Noles failed to win at least one game against the Gators.
FSU will also look to end its five-game losing streak inside McKethan Stadium as the Seminoles haven’t won in Gainesville since defeating the Gators 14-6 in 2007. Since FSU’s last win at Florida, three of the five games have been decided by three runs or less.
The series has been closely contested since 2008 as 12 of the 19 games during that span have been decided by three runs or less. FSU owns a record of 7-5 in those 12 games.
Sophomore right hander Luke Weaver (2-0, 0.64 ERA) will make his second career start against Florida on Tuesday as he started last year’s game in Gainesville. The DeLand, Fla., native did not factor into the decision as he went 2.0 innings and allowed two runs on one hit and three walks. In 2013, Weaver has not allowed a run in his last three appearances covering 13 straight innings.
Tuesday night’s game will air live over the internet for FREE on GatorVision HD. Live stats for the contest will be available via gametracker, while audio will be available through the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally fans can listen to the game on 1270 AM. Fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.