No. 14 Florida State (9-3) opens its ACC schedule on the road with what should be an entertaining pitching matchup.
Right-hander CJ Van Eyk (1-0, 1.23 ERA) will take the mound on Friday afternoon against Duke right-hander Bryce Jarvis, who is 2-1 with a 0.90 ERA and tossed a perfect game earlier this season.
All three games at No. 12 Duke (10-2) will stream live on ACC Network Extra, including Friday’s opener at 4 p.m.
FSU will use left-hander Shane Drohan (0-0, 2.92 ERA) on Saturday at 1 p.m. and right-hander Conor Grady (2-0, 2.08 ERA) on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Seminoles’ weekend starters have combined to pitch 40 innings in nine starts, which is under 5 innings on average. But they have been productive, recording 54 strikeouts and allowing just nine earned runs.
“They defend,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “They’ve made four errors on the year. They can pitch it as well. Those guys know what they’re doing.”
Middle infield evaluation
Martin Jr. said he is still weighing his options at shortstop and second base. FSU coaches have alternated Nander de Sedas and Jackson Greene at the positions through 12 games.
“I do think we’re better with Nander at short,” Martin Jr. said. “His skill set there profiles more as a shortstop than it does as a second baseman. Greeney can really turn it (double plays). I think that’s our best one.”
Catcher Matheu Nelson has reached base in 24 consecutive games, after reaching by a single, double and two HBPs against Mercer on Tuesday.