The concept is unusual, especially at Florida State. And in February.
But a phone conversation between FSU’s Mike Martin Jr. and Texas Tech’s Tim Tadlock resulted in a three-team, three-day baseball weekend at Dick Howser Stadium that begins Friday. FSU will play FAU on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., and the Seminoles will then face Texas Tech on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tadlock had an opening on week 3 of his schedule and contacted Martin Jr. last summer, looking to see if the Red Raiders could work something out with FSU. Martin Jr. said his schedule was full, with Florida Atlantic on the books already. Tadlock then suggested jumping in and having three teams involved.
Martin Jr. had intended on the 2020 schedule building – from Niagara to Cincinnati to FAU (7-0). Now the intensity cranks up for No. 9 FSU (6-1) with a top-10 showdown against No. 5 Texas Tech (8-1) on the weekend.
“That was always the plan was to ramp it up before you go into conference,” Martin Jr. said. “We have two great opponents in here. It will be a great weekend for everybody.”
Martin Jr. said the 2020 schedule reflects what he’d like to see in the future, too. He envisions tougher opponents on FSU’s schedule in week 2 and week 3 down the road.
FSU’s rotation is adjusted slightly due to the rainout on Tuesday at Jacksonville and to accommodate the extra game this weekend. Junior right-hander CJ Van Eyk (0-0, 1.04 ERA) will get things started for FSU on Friday at 6 p.m. FAU will use RHP Jacob Josey (0-0, 5.79 ERA).
Freshman left-hander Bryce Hubbart (0-1, 6.00 ERA) will take the mound in the first game on Saturday. Junior LHP Shane Drohan (0-0, 3.52 ERA) will be on the mound Saturday night vs. Texas Tech and RHP Bryce Bonnin (2-0, 3.00 ERA), while junior right-hander Conor Grady (2-0, 0.90 ERA) will pitch the finale on Sunday vs. Texas Tech RHP Austin Becker (1-0, 3.38 ERA).
Switch at middle infield
Martin Jr. has flipped his middle infielders, with Jackson Greene going to shortstop and Nander de Sedas taking over at second.
“It’s not necessarily permanent but we’re just going to see how it looks,” Martin Jr. said.
Greene is a junior-college transfer who has done well at short in the past, Martin Jr. said.
Game times / how to watch
All FSU games this weekend will stream live on ACC Network Extra. FSU-FAU on Saturday is at 2 p.m., with the FSU-Texas Tech game set to begin at 6 p.m. (or 30 minutes after conclusion of game one). The Sunday game between FSU and Texas Tech will begin at 1 p.m.