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FSU is 12th in preseason D1baseball.com rankings

Florida State has opened at No. 12 in the D1baseball.com preseason poll that was released on Monday afternoon.

FSU will play host to No. 1 Louisville (May 1-3), No. 3 Miami (April 24-26), No. 16 NC State (March 27-29) and No. 19 Georgia Tech (March 13-15) in weekend series at Dick Howser Stadium in 2020. The Seminoles will also play No. 4 Florida (April 14) and No. 6 Texas Tech (Feb. 29-March 1).

The Seminoles will begin their first season under new coach Mike Martin Jr. on Feb. 14 against Niagra.

FSU returns a core of players for 2020, including outfielder Reese Albert (.283, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 33 runs), outfielder Robby Martin (.315, 4 HR, 34 runs, 54 RBI), catcher Matheu Nelson (.282, .442 on-base %, 6 HR, 32 runs, 29 RBI) and infielder Nander de Sedas (.231, 4 HR, 8 doubles, 38 runs, 32 RBI).

The weekend rotation could be a strength as the Seminoles will feature right-handers C.J. Van Eyk (10-4, 3.81 ERA, 129 strikeouts and 41 walks in 99.1 innings) and Conor Grady (9-6, 71 strikeouts and 26 walks in 64.1 innings) as well as left-hander Shane Drohan (3-1, 3.66 ERA, 71 strikeouts in 51.2 innings).

FSU opens preseason practice on Jan. 24.

The full 2020 FSU baseball schedule can be found here.

For the full D1baseball.com rankings, click here.

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