Noles Take Nine-Game Win Streak to ACC Play
By Logan Jones, Sports Information intern
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 3 Florida State (11-2) will meet Boston College (5-6) this weekend in a three-game series on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Friday and Saturday’s games will begin at 6:00 p.m., with Sunday’s game set at a 1:00 p.m. start.
All three games will stream live on the ACC Network Extra, while Eric Luallen will provide live play-by-play on the radio (106.1 FM in Tallahassee) and nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.
Set to take the mound for the Seminoles on Friday is sophomore right-hander Cole Sands (2-0, 3.29 ERA). Sands looks to bounce back from his last start where he surrendered seven runs, three of which were earned, through three innings of work against Oakland. Florida State rallied to knock off the Golden Grizzlies 18-10 last Friday.
Starting for FSU on Saturday is two-time ACC Pitcher of the Week Tyler Holton (3-0, 0.47 ERA). In his last start, Holton recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts against Oakland. Holton is currently leading the ACC in strikeouts and is sporting a 32/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Pitching in the Sunday golds for the Seminoles will be freshman left-hander Drew Parrish (1-0, 4.76 ERA). Parrish allowed four earned runs in his last start against Oakland and struck out five batters through the four innings he pitched. He earned a win in his first start against Samford on February 26.
Florida State brings a nine-game winning streak into Friday’s game, the team’s longest since an 11-game stretch early in the 2015 season. The Seminoles have swept each of the past two weekend series, against Oakland and Samford, and are 8-2 at home this season. In the last six home games, Florida State is averaging 13.5 runs a game (81 runs).
Earlier this week, Florida State swept both games at UCF by scores of 5-2 (Tuesday) and 5-0 (Wednesday). Will Zirzow pitched a career-high five innings on Wednesday, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. He earned the win in relief of Ed Voyles in FSU’s first Wednesday game of the year.
Closer Drew Carlton picked up his second save of the season, throwing a perfect eighth and ninth innings. In two save situations this year, opponents have gone 12-up, 12-down against the former Opening Day starter, bringing his season ERA down to 1.42.
Boston College comes to Tallahassee after playing five games in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Eagles won three games at the Snowbird Classic.
Florida State leads Boston College 28-4 in all-time meetings, with the last game taking place in April of 2016 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. where the Seminoles won 3-0 before the final two games of the series were cancelled. In games played in Tallahassee, the Seminoles lead the Eagles 12-2, with the Eagles winning in just one season, when they took two of three games in 2009.
FSU has shut out Boston College once in each of the past four seasons.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).