3/28 -- ESPN to Broadcast Florida State Spring Football Game
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (FSU Sports. Info.) Florida State football’s annual Spring Game will be broadcast live on ESPN on April 8 at 3 p.m.
The Seminoles’ Spring Game is one of just two spring exhibitions that will be aired by ESPN in April, joining Alabama. In total, 21 spring games will air on ESPN’s family of networks (ESPN, ESPN3, EXPNU, ACC Network Extra, SEC Network and Longhorn Network) during the month.
Tickets for the April 8 Spring Game are available now at: Seminoles.com/tickets or by calling 1888.FSU.NOLE. General admission tickets are only $5 and tickets for the Dunlap Champions Club are $50.
We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance to avoid long line on game day.
Parking is free on the day of the game and lots will open at 8 a.m. A parking map is available at SeminoleBoosters.com.
3/27 -- Florida State to retire J.D. Drew's jersey on April 15
J.D. Drew, whose exploits led to him being enshrined in the College Baseball Hall of Fame last year, will have his jersey retired by Florida State next month, the school said in a release Monday.
Drew's No. 39 jersey will be retired prior to FSU's game against Clemson on April 15.
"J.D. is one of the best players in college baseball history, simple as that," Seminoles coach Mike Martin said in a statement. "We’re honored to retire his jersey and truly cement his legacy as one of Florida State’s greatest players."
Drew became the first player in college baseball history to record a season of 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He achieved the feat in 1997 when he hit 31 home runs and stole 32 bases. Drew would also bat .455 with 106 hits, 110 runs and 100 RBI in the same season. He would garner several honors including the Dick Howser Award and the Golden Spikes Award. Both awards go to the best player in college baseball.
The two-time All-American would play 14 seasons in Major League Baseball and won the World Series in 2007 as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Drew joins Howser as the only players in FSU's history to have their numbers retired by the program.
3/25 -- Parrish throws 3-hitter, helps Seminoles sweep Irish
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Freshman Drew Parrish threw the first complete game of his young career, and Jackson Lueck and Quincy Nieporte each had two runs batted in as Florida State (18-7, 6-3 ACC) completed a three-game sweep of Notre Dame (7-15, 2-7 ACC) with Saturday’s 5-1 win at Frank Eck Stadium.
Parrish (3-1) allowed just one unearned run, and Lueck’s two-run home run in the first inning was all the support he would need.
Parrish allowed three hits in nine innings while striking a career-high seven and walking just one. Notre Dame’s only run against the Rockledge, Fla., native came in the fourth inning on an error by second baseman Nick Derr. With two runners on and one out, Parrish forced a ground out and Cal Raleigh started a 2-4-3 pick off that ended the inning.
Lueck opened the scoring in the first inning with a home run off Notre Dame starter Brad Bass (1-3), an opposite field shot that scored Taylor Walls and put the Seminoles ahead 2-0 just two batters into the game.Lueck scored a second run in the third inning on Nieporte’s team-high 35th RBI of the season.
Florida State next heads to Jacksonville on Tuesday, March 28, for the second of three games against No. 12 Florida. The Gators won the first game this season, 1-0, in Gainesville on March 14. First pitch from Jacksonville is set for 6 p.m.
3/24 - FSU sweeps doubleheader at Notre Dame
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – No. 13 Florida State swept a doubleheader at Notre Dame on Friday, winning game one 8-2 and game two 8-3 in 13 innings in Frank Eck Stadium. Cole Sands (4-1) won game one, throwing seven strikeouts in six innings, while Jim Voyles (2-0) got the win in game two, throwing the final three innings, allowing just two hits.
“That’s a class program (Notre Dame), and we’re fortunate to win that second game,” head coach Mike Martin said. “I’m just proud to be part of a series like this. Every at-bat was important, and our pitching was good in both games.”
Friday’s doubleheader was finalized earlier in the morning, with inclement weather looming over the remainder of the weekend.
Florida State had to overcome a deficit in each game, trailing 1-0 through three innings in the opener and 2-0 through six innings in the night cap. Dylan Busby’s fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fourth inning, gave FSU all the runs it would need in game one.
The series finale is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m ET. The game will stream live on the ACC Network Extra. Florida State will throw freshman Drew Parrish (2-1, 5.16 ERA), while the Fighting Irish will throw Brad Bass (1-2, 4.00 ERA).
3/21 - Seminoles rally for walkoff victory against Jacksonville
Freshman J.C. Flowers drove a 1-2 pitch into left field, scoring Hank Truluck and Jackson Lueck in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap Florida State’s 10-9 win over Jacksonville (11-12) Tuesday evening at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles (15-7) trailed 7-0 before having an at-bat, but clawed back by scoring in seven of nine innings, including three in the bottom of the ninth to clinch the win.
After last week’s road trip, which included losses at Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and two at Virginia Tech, the Seminoles quickly fell behind 7-0 after the Dolphins sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning. Starter Andrew Karp, the team leader with a 2.10 ERA entering the game, allowed six earned runs while recording just two outs.
Behind him, the Florida State bullpen, which struggled for the final two games at Virginia Tech last week, were stellar on Tuesday night. Jim Voyles allowed a run in the first inning, but held Jacksonville scoreless for the next three. His brother, Ed Voyles, allowed two unearned runs in the fifth, and Alec Byrd, Chase Haney, Will Zirzow and Drew Carlton (1-1) allowed just two hits and struck out five in the final 4.1 innings.
At the plate, the Seminoles were led by junior Taylor Walls, sophomore Cal Raleigh and Flowers. Walls opened the game with hits in his first four plate appearances, including a sixth-inning home run to straight-away centerfield that closed the FSU gap to 9-6.
Raleigh tied his season high with three hits, including a home run to open the ninth inning to make the score 9-8. Flowers also had three hits, the game-winning RBI and a run scored.
The win snaps a two-game skid for the Seminoles. FSU will hit the road again this weekend for a three-game series at Notre Dame beginning Friday at 6:05 p.m. All three games will stream live on ACC Network Extra (formerly ESPN3).
2/25 @ 5:20 p.m. ET - Justin Watkins decommits
Four-star athlete Justin Watkins, who committed to the Semionoles back in June of 2016, has decommitted. The Ocala, Fla. native says he is now committed to Texas. Florida State is down to seven commitments for the 2018 recruiting class.
2/20 @ 4:45 p.m. - FSU OL Ryan Hoefeld set to graduate in spring; will not play football next season.
Center Ryan Hoefeld, who would have been a fifth-year senior, will not play football for Florida State next season, a school spokesman said Monday.
The spokesman said Hoefeld, who battled injuries during his time at FSU, told the team because he was graduating in the spring, he was walking away from football. Hoefeld already has a job lined up to work for a medical sales company and wanted to pursue his professional career, the spokesman said.
Hoefeld was a three-star prospect when he signed with FSU in 2013. He was redshirted in his first season and started four games for the Seminoles in 2014. He played in four games during the 2015 season and was named to the All-ACC Academic Team that season.
Hoefeld's lone appearance in 2016 came in FSU's win at Syracuse.