Notebook: FSU travels to No. 6 Miami

Florida State (7-6, 4-5 ACC) travels to Miami (9-4, 5-3) for a three-game series beginning on Friday at 7 p.m. The Seminoles-Hurricanes games on Friday and Saturday night will be broadcast on ACC Network while the Sunday afternoon game will stream on ACC Network Extra.

Here are some news and notes on the teams:

Where else should we lead off than with Tyler Martin? The redshirt freshman leads FSU’s regular starters with a .410 average but his .564 on-base percentage is among the ACC’s best. He has done it every which way, leading the Seminoles in hits (16), walks (11) and hit by pitch (four). He also has only three strikeouts. His on-base percentage is by far the best on the team, with catcher Matheu Nelson second at .415 (among regular starters).

Robby Martin is 7 for 19 (.368) with three home runs and 12 RBI in his last four games, the series at Virginia Tech and vs. Florida. After a sluggish start, “RBI Martin” is back in the groove. He has a team-leading 17 RBI in 13 games. By comparison, Martin had just eight hits (and no home runs) in FSU’s first nine games.

Reese Albert did not play in Tuesday’s win over Florida after he hit the wall in Sunday’s win at Virginia Tech. Whether he is traveling or able to play at Miami is not yet known.

FSU has emphasized using two-way players of late. LHP Parker Messick may not be the designated hitter until Sunday since he pitches on Friday but he is 5 for 9 in his first college at-bats (including a home run in his first FSU at-bat). LHP Wyatt Crowell is 3 for 7 (with two walks) and three runs scored. Garrett Mathes pitched at Mercer but due to a back injury has been a hitter for FSU, where he is 3 for 11 (he has not yet pitched this season).

FSU has not announced its rotation for the weekend but will likely stick with LHP Parker Messick (1-2, 3.54 ERA, 30 strikeouts and seven walks in 20.1 innings) on Friday, LHP Bryce Hubbart (2-2, 2.30 ERA, 23 strikeouts and four walks in 15.2 innings) on Saturday and RHP Conor Grady (2-1, 4.22 ERA, 23 strikeouts and seven walks in 21.1 innings) on Sunday.

No. 6 Miami has scored 94 runs in 13 games (7.2 runs per game). Five players are hitting .300 or better: 3B Yohandy Morales, OF Christian Del Castillo, 2B Anthony Vilar, OF Jordan Lala and OF Gabe Rivera. Morales, a true freshman, and Vilar each have three home runs. C Adrian Del Castillo was a consensus preseason All-American.

The Hurricanes have not announced this weekend’s rotation. Miami right-hander Alejandro Rosario (2-0, 1.96 ERA) started against Wake last Friday, tossing seven shutout innings. He allowed just one hit and had seven strikeouts. RHP Victor Mederos (0-0, 4.79 ERA) had seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings, a no decision, on Saturday. Sunday’s game was rained out and RHP Daniel Federman did not pitch. The good news is Miami has three right-handed starters, so matchups will be more favorable for FSU’s left-handed bats. Rosario vs. Messick could be a fun pitching duel with more hitting and runs to come over the weekend.

Cooper Swanson is no longer with the team. He played in four games this season with just two at-bats. Swanson was only 4 for 19 with a double and a home run but 14 strikeouts in 2020. His name has been removed from FSU’s online roster. The news was first reported by Tomahawk Nation’s Brett Nevitt.