Weaver set for debut

Florida State's 3-0 baseball team will face a much stiffer challenge on Tuesday afternoon.

True freshman RHP Luke Weaver will get his first career start on Tuesday.

Fresh off of a three-game sweep of Hofstra, the Seminoles will host in-state program Jacksonville at 4 p.m. The Dolphins, who saw their opening series go the exact opposite way against Southern Cal in Los Angeles, will enter as a team much better than their record suggests.

Junior first baseman and outfielder Adam Brett Walker anchors the middle of the Jacksonville lineup as a sure-fire MLB draft pick this summer. Brett Walker's numbers were outstanding in 2011 as he posted a .409 batting average and 13 home runs en route to 75 RBI.

And heading into this year, he was named the preseason Atlantic Sun Player of the Year and named a first-team All-American by Louisville Slugger.

To face him will be true freshman right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, a former MLB draft pick of the Blue Jays, in his first career start at FSU.

"I have been thinking about it since they told me that I was in this role," said Weaver of his scheduled start. "I have looked on the internet quite a bit trying to see who their big guys are and just kind of who everyone is. I will try that and they have the film from last year, so hopefully that will give me more of an edge."

As Weaver watched his fellow underclassmen pitch this weekend, a clear lesson was evident. When the Seminole pitchers didn't issue walks, they had success.

The pitching staff is afforded the unique luxury of one of the top infields in college baseball and Weaver intends to use them.

"I think my biggest goal is just to command the zone, don't issue walks and really throw strikes and let the defense work," he said. "They are one of the best in the nation. So hopefully that will work."

Jacksonville finished the 2011 season 37-24 overall and made it to the Gainesville regional before being eliminated by Miami (Fla.).

Probable pitchers

FSU: RHP Luke Weaver (0-0, 0.00)

Jacksonville: RHP Wes Torrez (0-0, 0.00)


* Jayce Boyd enters Tuesday with a team-leading nine-game hitting streak.
* Florida State leads the all-time series record against the Dolphins 117-37.
* 11 of the last 16 games have been decided by three runs or less.

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