Baseball Moves Series with No. 1 Florida State
March 26, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team will host top-ranked Florida State at the University of Rhode Island for a three-game series beginning on Friday, March 28. The series originally slated to be played on Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field had to be moved due to the continuing cold weather affecting field conditions.
The Eagles (7-15, 1-8 ACC) and the Seminoles (19-5, 7-2 ACC) will play at Rhode Island's Bill Beck Field on Friday at noon, Saturday at 1 p.m. and on Sunday at noon.
BC junior right-hander John Gorman (2-3, 2.94 ERA) will face righty Luke Weaver (4-2, 3.13 ERA) in the first game of the series. Gorman was recently named the male Eagle of the Week for his six-inning starting performance against Wake Forest in which he allowed just one run, two hits, two walks and struck out four in a no decision. On Saturday, southpaws redshirt sophomore Andrew Chin (2-1, 1.82 ERA) and Brandon Leibrandt (4-1, 1.83 ERA) will square off. Chin leads the BC pitching staff in ERA and opponent batting average (.182). On Sunday, sophomore righty Jeff Burke (0-2, 4.67 ERA) will throw against FSU right-hander Mike Compton (2-0, 3.18). Burke has only allowed five extra-base hits through 27 innings and they were all doubles.
BC enters the series after tallying its first Atlantic Coast Conference win, beating Wake Forest, 2-1, in walk-off fashion in the first game of a doubleheader on March 21, before dropping the next two games of the series. On Tuesday, the Eagles fell, 7-0, to crosstown rival Northeastern.
FSU is coming off a 4-1 non-conference loss to instate-rival Florida on Tuesday. The Noles took two-of-three at No. 13 Clemson last weekend in ACC action.
The Seminoles have a 22-4 series advantage over the Eagles and have been ranked in the top seven in every meeting between the two squads. BC defeated No. 1 Florida State once, in the final game of the 2012 season. After FSU took the first two games in Chestnut Hill, BC fired back with a 17-6 win. In the two other meetings that the Noles were ranked No. 1 in the nation (2007, 2008), they swept both series. Last season, the Seminoles earned a series sweep in early March in Tallahassee, when they were ranked fifth in the nation.
Directions to URI
From the South: Take 95 North. Get off at exit #3A Route 138 East towards Kingston and Newport. Follow Route RI-138West/Kingstown Rd. for approximately 8 miles. The entrance to the Athletic Complex will be on your left.