Jacksonville Sports Day

‘Noles Head to Jacksonville for First Road Game

Photo of Tyler Holton by Tom Casazza

By Logan Jones, FSU Sports Information intern

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (5-2) is heading east on Tuesday to take on the Jacksonville Dolphins (5-2) in a one-game showdown at John Sessions Stadium (5:00 p.m., ESPN3). Taking the mound for the Seminoles will be redshirt sophomore Andrew Karp (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who dominated in his outing last week against USF when he allowed just three hits over seven shutout innings, striking out nine and retiring the final 12 batters he faced.

Florida State has an all-time winning record of 124-40 against Jacksonville, and the Seminoles lead the Dolphins 43-27 in games played at Jacksonville.

The most recent Florida State-Jacksonville matchup took place on May 10, 2016 in Jacksonville when the Dolphins edged out the Seminoles 6-2 in a game that was also started by Karp.

The Seminoles are looking to extend their streak of high-scoring games, after this weekend’s series against Samford came with 37 runs scored and only seven runs allowed over the course of three games. The Florida State offense was infused with the hot bats of many players, however Rhett Aplin, Quincy Nieporte, and Jackson Lueck proved to be instrumental in this weekend’s sweep.

Aplin opened the series against Samford on Friday with a 4-for-5 outing in which he both drove in and scored four runs. He enters this midweek matchup against Jacksonville with a season batting average of .400 and eight runs batted in.

Nieporte proved to be a threat to Samford when he approached the plate in the fifth inning on Saturday and smashed a grand slam over the left field wall to give the Seminoles a 5-0 lead over the Bulldogs. Nieporte and Aplin are leading the team with two home runs each through the first seven games of the season.

Lueck provided Florida State with an impressive performance on Sunday, as he was responsible for driving in five of the Seminoles’ 13 runs. The offensive spark complemented the first career start of freshman Drew Parrish, who surrendered just one run and struck out six batters over the course of six innings.

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