With just four weeks left in the regular season here’s how the numbers stack up for the Seminoles.
USA Today Coaches Poll: 11th
Baseball America: 12th
Collegiate Baseball: 8th
National College Baseball Writers Association: 12th
Strength of Schedule: 13th
Walks: 1st (253 leads the nation by 30)
Batting Average: 199th (.263)
Earned Run Average: 93rd (3.41)
Fielding Percentage: 209th (.960)
Home Runs: 7th (43)
On Base Percentage: 7th (.399)
Runs Scored: 9th (304)
Runs Per Game: 17th (7.2)
What it means
Florida State is right on track to host a regional for the fifth straight year. The Seminoles are one of the best offensive teams in the country, and the return of Mike Compton coupled with the development of Boomer Biegalski and Drew Carlton have given Florida State a steady rotation that has proven they can win low scoring games when they need to. Florida State has been much better in the field the last few weeks, but they still need to improve greatly and the same can be said for the bullpen.
Florida State would be in position to be a national seed, but a weekend sweep by Notre Dame, who sits 27th in the RPI rankings, pushed them out of the top ten in four of the five major rankings. The Seminoles will have a chance to get back into the hunt for one of the eight national seeds in the next few weeks when they travel to Miami and Louisville, two of the top seven teams in the RPI rankings, and host Coastal Carolina and Clemson, who sit 38th and 69th respectively. If they can win all four series they will be a national seed. Losing the series to one of Louisville or Miami would put the Seminoles right on the fringe. Losing both would put them out of contention for a national seed and in danger of losing their regional host status. This is easily the toughest stretch of the season for Florida State, but the team is coming off a very strong week where the pitching staff and hitting both did their part.
This team is full of very young talent, both in the lineup and on the pitching staff, and is not the same team that lost two of three to Georgia in the second week of the season. If they can continue to get better as they have throughout the season they could put themselves in place to make a run in the postseason. However, if they revert back to the poor fielding and relief pitching team it could be another 0-2 and barbeque regional.