Weekend Watch: Pack Hosts No. 1 Florida State

The Wolfpack faces its toughest opponent to date when it hosts the No. 1 Seminoles for three games at Doak Field this weekend. Pack Pride's Austin Johnson takes a look at the match-up.

Series At A Glance
No. 21 NC State (Overall: 23-8, Home: 15-3, Away: 6-2, Neutral: 2-3, ACC: 8-4)
vs
No. 1 Florida State
(Overall: 29-3, Home: 26-0, Away: 3-2, Neutral: 0-1, ACC: 8-1)

Probable Starters

Friday
NC State: LHP Eric Surkamp (3-1) - 3.00 ERA, 43 Strikeouts, .226 Opp BA
Florida State: RHP Bryan Henry (7-0) - 2.44 ERA, 56 Strikesouts, .243 Opp BA

Saturday
NC State: RHP Andrew Brackman (5-2) - 3.42 ERA, 45 Strikeouts, .251 Opp BA
Florida State: RHP Michael Hyde (8-1) - 2.79 ERA, 42 Strikeouts, .225 Opp BA

Sunday
NC State: RHP Jimmy Gillheeney (3-1) – 2.06 ERA, 29 Strikeouts, .231 Opp BA
Florida State: RHP Ryan Strauss (7-0) – 2.08 ERA, 31 Strikeouts, .215 Opp BA


Notables

  • Florida State leads the all-time series, 42-21. Elliot Avent is 12-25 against the Seminoles since coming to NC State.
  • The Seminoles and Wolfpack met five times last season in a 10-day span. They played the final regular season series against the Noles, dropping two of three. In the ACC Tournament the next week, the two teams played twice in the semifinals. The Noles grabbed the first game 7-1 but State got the last laugh by eliminating the Seminoles 8-7 to move to the championship game.
  • The Pack has now won six games in a row and 12 of its last 14.
  • Tony Thomas Jr picked up ACC and National Player of the Week honors last week for his incredible performance. He went 11-for-19 in four games, hitting five home runs, scoring nine runs, driving in eight and stealing four bases.
  • State is a perfect 18-0 when leading after five innings this season.
  • In 26 games as the leadoff hitter, Joe Florio is batting .305 with a .472 on-base percentage. In his last 18 games, he's bumped it up to a .523 on-base percentage.


    Statistical Leaders

    Batting Avg: Joe Florio, .340
    Hits: Florio, 35
    Runs:Florio, 33
    Home Runs: Ryan Pond and Mike Roskopf, 5
    RBIs: Pond, 28
    Stolen Bases: Florio and Ramon Corona, 6

    Wins: Andrew Brackman, 5
    Saves: Eryk McConnell, 5
    ERA: McConnell, 0.40
    Strikeouts: Brackman, 45
    Innings Pitched: Brackman, 47.1
    Opp Batting Avg: McConnell, .190

    Florida State
    Batting Avg:
    Tony Thomas Jr, .496
    Hits: Thomas Jr, 66
    Runs: Thomas Jr, 55
    Home Runs: Thomas Jr, 7 RBIs: Buster Posey, 40
    Stolen Bases: Thomas Jr, 16

    Wins: Michael Hyde, 8
    Saves: Danny Rosen, 3
    ERA: Ryan Strauss, 2.08
    Strikeouts: Bryan Henry, 56
    Innings Pitched: Henry, 55.1
    Opp Batting Avg: Caleb Graham, .202

    Atlantic Coast Conference
    Batting Avg:
    Tony Thomas Jr. FSU, .496
    Hits: Thomas Jr., 66
    Runs: Thomas Jr., 55
    Home Runs: Allan Dykstra WF, 12
    RBIs: Dustin Ackley UNC, 45
    Stolen Bases: Nate Parks VT, 24

    Wins: Michael Hyde FSU, 8
    Saves: Four players tied at 7
    ERA: Jacob Thompson UVA, 1.75
    Strikeouts:Bryan Henry FSU, 56
    Innings Pitched:Henry, 55.1
    Opp Batting Avg: Tony Bajoczky DU, .178


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