FSU at Boston College Weekend Wrap

Florida State swept Boston College this weekend with two blowouts and a dramatic comeback in the ninth inning of the second game. Florida State was without two starters, a starting pitcher, and their closer for this series.<

Florida State swept Boston College this weekend with two blowouts and a dramatic comeback in the ninth inning of the second game. Florida State was without two starters, a starting pitcher, and their closer for this series.

The Seminoles started the series off with a 6-0 victory on the back of a complete game 1-hit shutout by Luke Weaver. Weaver was dominant all game long and lost his no-hit bid in the seventh inning on a bloop single. Florida State was able to break the game open in the second and third innings and never looked back.

The second game of the series was quite different as the Seminole pitching staff had quite a bit of trouble. Mike Compton got the start for Brandon Liebrandt, who was out with the flu, and gave up 4 runs, 3 earned, on 8 hits. Reliever Billy Strode came in and gave up 3 more to push the Boston College lead to 7-2 going into the top of the ninth. John Nogowski started the inning off with a single. Three walks later Florida State had plated a run and still had the bases loaded. Gage West pinch hit and scored another on a sacrifice fly. Ladson Montgomery pinch hit for De La Calle and came through big time with an RBI double. Delph walked to load the bases again and Gonzalez was hit by pitch to bring the Seminoles within one run. Knief then walked to tie the game. Nogowski was up next and came up huge with a grand slam to put the Seminoles up four. Gage Smith came in to close out the ninth and Florida State had scored 9 runs on 3 hits in the top of the ninth to win the game.

There was a lot less drama in the third game of the series as Bryant Holtmann held Boston College to 1 run through a season high six innings. Holtmann, normally a relief pitcher, got the start in place of Brandon Liebrandt who was held out do to flu symptoms. Florida State got off to a hot start with the bats scoring 5 runs in the first three innings. The Seminoles added 4 runs in the seventh and another in the eighth on the way to a 10-1 victory and the series sweep.

Series MVP: There were three candidates for MVP that on any other weekend would have been the clear cut favorite, but we have to go with first baseman John Nogowski as this weekend's MVP. Nogowski went 5 for 11 with 3 walks, 6 runs scored, and 4 RBIs on a go ahead grand slam in the second game.

Honorable Mention: Luke Weaver threw a complete game 1-hit shutout in the first game on Friday. He faced just 29 batters while striking out 4.

Honorable Mention: Bryant Holtmann did a masterful job filling in for Liebrandt in game three. He gave up only 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4 in six innings of 1-run baseball.

Needs to improve: Billy Strode started off the season exceptionally well, but now has an 8.44 ERA in 10 appearances. He added three more runs to his total this weekend and has marked a significant downturn to his season.

Florida State improved to 22-5 on the season and 10-2 in the ACC. The Seminoles will play Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday before hosting Notre Dame this upcoming weekend.


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