No. 1 Florida Hosts No. 7 FSU

The Seminoles are bringing one of the top hitting duos in the country to Gainesville on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The rest of the Florida State offense has been inconsistent through 15 games this year, but center fielder James Ramsey and first baseman Jayce Boyd have carried the No. 7 Seminoles.

"Ramsey is an All-American. Jayce Boyd is having a heck of a year," Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "They're very good and one of the best teams in the country. It's not going to be easy."

James Ramsey has been one of the best hitters in the country through the early parts of the college baseball season. Through 15 games, the senior is hitting .468 with four home runs, 15 RBI and 25 runs scored. Ramsey has an .894 slugging percentage and a .643 on-base percentage.

Boyd isn't far behind. The junior is hitting .421 with two home runs, 22 RBI and 17 runs scored. Boyd has a .649 slugging percentage and a .485 on-base percentage.

"I just know they've got a great record and they do have probably the best lineup that we've seen up until this point," O'Sullivan said. "They can really hit."

Historically, the Seminoles are known for an offense that is capable of putting up double digits during any game. The only problem with this year's offense is that the depth of the lineup hasn't shown up this season.

Second baseman Devon Travis (.306), catcher Stephen McGee (.302) and shortstop Justin Gonzalez (.302) are the only three other starters that are batting over .300.

The difference for Florida State this year is on the mound.

Weekend starters Mike Compton (4-0, 1.54) and Peter Miller (3-0, 1.08) have dominated so far while Brandon Leibrandt (2-1, 3.44) is holding his own as a freshman.

On Tuesday, the Gators won't see any of those three. Florida State will start freshman right-hander Luke Weaver (0-0, 20.77). The Deland High School graduate hasn't made it past three innings of work in his two starts this season against Jacksonville and UCF.

Weaver has allowed eight hits, five walks and 10 runs in 4.1 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .400 this season against Weaver with two home runs. Weaver throws in the low 90s with a 12-6 curveball as his main off-speed pitch.

Florida will start freshman left-hander Bobby Poyner (1-0, 1.04).

This will be the first matchup of the two teams. The second game will come in Jacksonville on March 27, while the third will be April 10 in Tallahassee.

"The fans probably make a bigger deal about it than we do," O'Sullivan said of the rivalry. "We take every opponent seriously. With Florida State, and as storied a program as they have, year-in, year-out, they're good. It seems like every year they're right there in the hunt."


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