The Florida State baseball team had a very rough week dropping the last four games of the five they played. After beating Florida Gulf Coast in the initial game this week the Seminoles dropped the second game of the midweek series before travelling to Notre Dame and getting swept by a team that was 6-9 in conference play coming into the series. Despite all that there were some good things that Florida State fans can take away from this week.
The Florida State starting pitching was fantastic this week. The starters gave up just 9 runs in 26.2 innings pitched through five games. If you don’t count the pitch by committee approach that the Seminoles took in the second game against Florida Gulf Coast the starters gave up 7 runs in 24.1 innings through four games. Bryant Holtmann had the best performance of the week with an 8-inning shut out performance against Florida Gulf coast. Opening Day starter Mike Compton finally returned to the mound in the Sunday game against Notre Dame and gave up two runs in five innings.
The Florida State defense has been one of the major problems facing the team all season long. The Seminoles sit 247th out of 295 teams in fielding percentage at .955 this season. Florida State had five errors on the week, but three of those came in the second midweek game against Florida Gulf Coast. The defense only had one error in the final three games of the weekend against Notre Dame. Florida State has to improve on defense if they are going to stay at the top of the conference with the brutal schedule they have going forward.
Normally the part of the team that has been carrying the Seminoles, the offense was abysmal this week. Florida State won the first game of the week 5-0, but scored all of their runs in the first two innings. After those two innings Florida State scored just 4 runs in 43 innings. Florida State had just 22 hits in the last four games of the week. Florida State leads the nation in walks with 6.6 per game, but in the last four games this week the team registered just nine walks. Without those the team struggled to put runners on base and put pressure on the opposing pitchers. Florida State is fourth in the nation in runs averaging 7.6 per game so this may be a blip on the radar, but it was most definitely a week to forget for the Seminole hitters.