TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After taking two of three from its in-state rival Miami this past weekend in Tallahassee, the second-ranked Seminoles (8-1) head south to Tampa once again this time to face USF (9-2) for a two-game mid-week series beginning Tuesday, March 4. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. in game one followed by a 3 p.m. start time on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s game will mark the 85th meeting between FSU and USF with the Noles leading the all-time series 68-16 including a mark of 23-12 on the Bulls’ home turf.
FSU has won the last 10 meetings against USF including nine in a row inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles have also had a lot of success in Tampa all-time winning 23 out of 35 total games.
The last time the two schools met in Tampa was on March 9, 1998 – an 8-4 victory for Florida State. The last win in the series for the Bulls came in Tampa back on March 1, 1989 as USF defeated FSU 14-3. In fact, the Bulls took 3-of-4 from the Seminoles during the regular season in 1989 splitting a two-game set in Tallahassee before winning both match-ups in Tampa. USF outscored FSU 37-16 over that four-game series.
Florida State got the last laugh in 1989 defeating USF 8-1 in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional. The Seminoles went on to win the regional and advance to the College World Series.
The Seminoles recorded their most runs in the series in 2000 in an 18-7 victory. That game also marked the highest combined scoring game in the series. FSU’s widest margin of victory was a 17-0 shutout back on April 26, 1980. The Seminoles have posted seven shutouts in the series compared to just two by the Bulls.
Florida State and USF renewed its rivalry with a three-game series last year in Tallahassee – marking the first time the two schools had met since 2002 when meeting in the Tallahassee Regional. Last year, FSU swept the three-game series in Tallahassee outscoring the Bulls 27-5. FSU hit .307 and posted a team ERA of 1.73 while holding the USF bats to a .191 average with just 17 hits on the weekend.
Coach Martin holds a 46-14 all-time record against the Bulls with his last loss to USF coming in 1989 down in Tampa.
Right hander Peter Miller will make his second start of the season on Tuesday and second career start against USF. Last year, Miller helped FSU complete the sweep of the Bulls in Tallahassee as the Lutz, Fla., native blanked USF over 6.0 innings allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out five. Miller is looking to rebound from his first start of the year after working just 2.0 innings at Jacksonville as he did not factor into the decision.
Miller is 11-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 33 career appearances for the Seminoles over four years.
FSU has not yet announced a starter for Wednesday’s game against the Bulls.
SOURCE: Florida State Athletics