No. 13 Florida State Hosts Jacksonville
By Logan Jones, FSU Sports Information Intern
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 13 Florida State (14-7) will host Jacksonville (11-11) Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. In search of his first win this season, FSU will send right-hander Andrew Karp (0-1, 2.10 ERA) to the mound.
Fans can watch the game live on ACC Network Extra (formally ESPN3) or listen to live play-by-play from Eric Luallen on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee or nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.
Karp has been brilliant through four games started and has struck out 34 batters in just 25.2 innings pitched. Karp is leading the Seminole starting rotation in earned run average and has surrendered the fewest earned runs of any starting pitcher (six).
In his last start against the Gators, Karp struck out a career-high 11 batters and walked nobody in seven strong innings, before FSU ultimately fell to UF, 1-0. The Winter Garden, Fla., native is the first Seminole since Randy Choate in 1996 to record 11 strikeouts against the Gators.
Taking the hill for JU will be senior right-hander Nathan Disch (1-1) who has a 7.45 ERA with 24 strikeouts through 19.1 innings pitched this season. Disch’s last meeting with the Seminoles came in 2015 when he pitched 1.0 inning and gave up one run, one hit, and one walk, while also striking out two FSU batters in a 10-7 Florida State win in Tallahassee.
Tuesday’s game against Jacksonville is the second matchup with the Dolphins this season, after the Seminoles took the first game 6-5 on February 28. Karp started that victory and retired the final 13 batters, and FSU rallied from 3-0 and 5-3 deficits before scoring three runs in the eighth inning to win.
Standing out in the Florida State offense is senior Quincy Nieporte, whose two grand slams last weekend against Virginia Tech brought him to four on the season, the most in one season by any Seminole in FSU history.
Nieporte’s 11 runs batted in this weekend brings him to 34 this season, the most in the country. Nieporte holds the second-highest batting average on the team (.310) and is aiming to keep his bat hot against Jacksonville on Tuesday.
Florida State leads Jacksonville 125-40 all-time, and the Seminoles hold an 80-13 winning record in Tallahassee.
For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).