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No. 5 FSU Faces No. 11 Georgia Tech In Key ACC Series

By: FSU Sports Information
By: FSU Sports Information

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 5 Florida State (20-1, 5-1 ACC) concludes its five-game homestand with a three-game series against Georgia Tech (17-3, 5-1 ACC) beginning with a doubleheader at 3 pm on Friday, March 22.

The Seminoles welcome the Yellow Jackets to Tallahassee for the first time since 2008 when the Noles swept the three-game series on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. Prior to FSU’s three-game sweep in 2008, Georgia Tech had owned the Seminoles in Tallahassee posting consecutive series sweeps in 2004 & 2006.

Florida State leads the all-time series 67-41 including a record of 35-16 at home. The Seminoles have won 11 of their last 15 in the series.

In 2012, FSU went into Atlanta and won all three games from Georgia Tech for the first time since 2007. The ‘Noles outscored the Yellow Jackets 22-12 in the series. The victory in the series finale gave head coach Mike Martin career win No. 1,700.

Friday and Sunday’s game will be a rematch of last year’s starting pitchers as FSU’s Brandon Leibrandt and GT’s Buck Farmer will square-off on Friday and FSU’s Peter Miller and GT’s Cole Pitts will face each other on Sunday.

Both Leibrandt and Farmer did not factor in to the decision last year as Leibrandt allowed just three hits over 7.1 scoreless innings and Farmer gave up one run on five hits in 8.0 innings. FSU went on to win the opener 2-1 in 10 innings.

This weekend’s match-up will feature Florida State’s pitching staff, which ranks fifth nationally in ERA (1.77), and Georgia Tech, who has the nation’s top hitting (.352) and scoring team (9.7).

A big reason for FSU’s 20-1 start is due in large part to the success of the Seminole pitching staff through the first 21 games. FSU entered the week ranked fifth nationally in ERA and seventh in hits allowed per nine innings giving up just over six a game. Of the 14 pitchers who have seen action this year, 10 have an ERA below 3.00 including three pitchers with at least three starts. All three of those starters have an ERA under 2.00.

FSU’s starting pitchers are 15-0 with a 1.70 ERA this year allowing 22 earned runs in 116.1 innings of work with 112 strikeouts. The starters have allowed 89 hits and only 35 walks. In terms of turning in a quality start, Seminole starters have gone at least 5.0 innings in 17 of the first 21 games.

Georgia Tech is led offensively by Brandon Thomas and Daniel Palka, who are both hitting over .400 to start the year. Zane Evans has a team-high nine home runs and 32 RBI and is batting .397 through 20 games.

All three games this weekend will air live on ESPN3. Friday’s doubleheader will start at 3 pm with game two to follow 40 minutes after the completion of game one. Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Tickets for games one and two of the series will be honored for both games of the doubleheader on Friday.

Fans can listen to all three games live on the All-Access player. Locally, fans can listen to the games on 1270 AM (Friday) and 100.7 FM (Sunday). As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Baseball and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball). Live stats for all three games will be available via gametracker.


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