FSU legend makes final UF stop

Two of the best: UF coach Kevin O' Sullivan, left, and FSU coach Mike Martin are ready for another meeting at McKethan Stadium. (Cyndi Chambers/Correspondent]

The Mike Martin Farewell Tour hits Gainesville tonight.

The iconic Florida State baseball coach — who is retiring at the end of this season — will make his final visit to McKethan Stadium when the fifth-ranked Florida Gators take on No. 10 Florida State at 6:30 p.m.

Martin became the first head coach to reach 2,000 wins over the weekend.

“Same thing every year. They win 40 games and Coach Martin has his team ready to play,” said Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan. “It’s his last time coming here, so we’ll be excited. I’m sure this will be a packed house and rightfully so.

“I’m just glad he got his 2,000th win this weekend. Don’t have to worry about it on Tuesday. He’s already got that out the way. But no, it’ll be good to see him.”

As successful as Martin has been, he’s struggled lately with the Gators in the series that plays three games in three different cities.

Florida has won eight straight against the Seminoles and 14 of the last 16.

The Gators are now 13-5 after a weekend sweep of Yale. FSU lost its first game if the season against Virginia Tech on Saturday and is 13-1 on the season.

The Gators will start either Jordan Butler or Christian Scott in tonight’s game.

FSU comes into the game hitting .310 on the season, good for 19th in the country. The Seminoles have a team ERA of 2.59. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Conor Grady (2-0, 1.54 ERA) will make his first career start for the Seminoles, who are playing their first road game of the season (two canceled due to rain).

“It’s Florida State. So we’re going to try to win the game,” O’Sullivan said.



Who: No. 10 Florida State (13-1) vs. No. 5 Florida (13-5)

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: McKethan Stadium

TV: SEC Network

Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850


Tuesday also marks the start of spring football practice, which is open to fans. Practice is scheduled from 4:15-6:45 p.m. so normal parking options may be crowded. The following are recommended for fans attending baseball.

  • First-come, first-serve in O’Connell Center Garage
  • FREE shuttle service is provided from Garage IX at the Intersection of Gale Lemerand Drive and Archer Road. The shuttle begins 2 hours prior to the start of the earliest scheduled event, and will end approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the last event. (map)
  • James G. Pressly Stadium
  • Law School
  • Frat Row, along Fraternity Drive
  • Please DO NOT park along any roads or in the grass and only use parking lots or garages.