Tampa Bay Sports Day

Florida State Ready to Clash With Gators in Super Regionals

Florida State, making its NCAA record 15th appearance in the Super Regionals, begins a best-of-three series with in-state rival Florida in Gainesville on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

The Seminoles (40-20) advanced to the Super Regionals after posting a series of wins over Alabama State, Southern Mississippi and South Alabama in the Tallahassee Regional. Meanwhile, Florida (50-13) posted victories against Bethune-Cookman, Connecticut and Georgia Tech to capture the Gainesville Regional.

This weekend marks the third time in the rivalry that the two Sunshine State programs have squared off in the Super Regionals and second time in as many seasons. The first meeting took place in 2005 when the Gators defeated Florida State 8-5 and 8-1 in Gainesville. Florida had similar results in 2015, when it downed the Seminoles by scores of 13-5 and 11-4.

The series opens with FSU right-hander Drew Carlton (7-3, 4.36 ERA) squaring off against fellow sophomore Alex Faedo (13-1, 3.19) on the mound Saturday evening. It marks the second time this season that Carlton has started against the Gators, after tossing two innings on March 29. In a controlled start, he capped off the outing by finishing with three strikeouts while yielding two hits and two runs.

The pitching matchup on Sunday will include Seminole left-hander Tyler Holton (3-3, 2.92 ERA) and Florida’s Logan Shore (11-0, 2.44). Holton has two appearances against the Gators in his freshman campaign, including a start in the March 15 contest. In that game, he converted four strikeouts, and surrendered three earned runs over three innings.

Monday evening’s game will feature Florida State freshman right-hander Cole Sands (6-6, 4.21 ERA) and Florida lefty A.J. Puk (2-3, 3.21). Sands took to the mound against the Gators on March 29, as a reliever, where he surrendered one hit and one earned run in 0.1 innings.