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FSU set for showdown at No. 1 Florida

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Coming off of their first ACC victory of the season against No. 12 Duke on Sunday, No. 16 Florida State (10-5, 1-2 ACC) will play two midweek contests – at No. 1 Florida (16-0) on Tuesday evening in Gainesville and at home on Wednesday against Illinois State (6-8).

Fans can watch Tuesday’s game at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville on SEC Network +. LHP Antonio Velez (0-0, 0.79 ERA) is on the mound against Florida RHP Nick Pogue (1-0, 6.14 ERA).

Wednesday’s matchup with Illinois State at home on the ACC Network.

The Seminoles are coming off a 2-2 week, beating Mercer on Tuesday and dropping 2-of-3 in Durham against the Blue Devils.

Florida enters the week as the last remaining undefeated team in the nation. Illinois State is 5-8 on the road this season with wins at No. 23 Oklahoma State and No. 13 Arkansas.

SULLIVAN AWARD

Florida State junior pitcher CJ Van Eyk is one of 33 semifinalists for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award, presented to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the country.

Semifinalist voting is open now through March 13, at 11:59 p.m. Fans can vote for Van Eyk at https://aausports.wyng.com/AAUSullivanAwardSemifinalists once per day throughout the week.

Van Eyk is the lone baseball player among the semifinalists. The right-hander has a 1.31 earned run average with 25 strikeouts in 20.2 innings pitched early in the 2020 season. For his career, Van Eyk is 18-5 and led the Seminoles to the 2019 College World Series.

Presented annually since 1930, past winners of the Sullivan Award include Bobby Jones (1930), Wilma Rudolph (1961), Bill Walton (1973), Carl Lewis (1981), Peyton Manning (1997), Michael Phelps (2003), Missy Franklin (2012) and Ezekiel Elliott (2014).

Florida State football and basketball star Charlie Ward won the award in 1993. Jim Abbott, in 1987, is the only baseball player to win the Sullivan Award.

UP NEXT

Florida State hosts Georgia Tech at Dick Howser this weekend for a three-game series. With a pair of 6 p.m. starts on Friday and Saturday and a 1 p.m. finale on Sunday, the Seminoles look to improve their 1-2 season record in ACC play. The games will stream live on ACC Network Extra.

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