With just three weeks left here’s how the numbers stack up for the Seminoles.
D1Baseball: 9th (11th)
USA Today Coaches Poll: 11th (11th)
Baseball America: 9th (12th)
Collegiate Baseball: 7th (8th)
National College Baseball Writers Association: 11th (12th)
RPI: 6th (6th)
Strength of Schedule: 13th (13th)
Previous Week is in parenthesis
Walks: 1st (278)
Batting Average: 177th (.267)
Earned Run Average: 106th (4.06)
Fielding Percentage: 202nd (.962)
Home Runs: 8th (46)
On Base Percentage: 12th (.399)
Runs Scored: 9th (333)
Runs Per Game: 13th (7.2)
What it Means
Florida State is coming off a huge road series win against rival Miami who dropped as many games at home against the Seminoles as they had at home all season. Starters Boomer Biegalski and Mike Compton both pitched very well and put the Noles in position to win the series. Sunday starter Drew Carlton and weekday starter Bryant Holtmann were both shelled on Sunday, but Florida State had already taken the series.
The four-five-six hitters for Florida State dominated this weekend going 12-38 with 13 RBIs and 1 HR. Getting that production from the heart of the order is going to help take pressure off of All-American D.J. Stewart and allow him to see more strikes than he has been. Stewart currently leads the county in walks with 51 in 45 games. The Seminoles have the offensive firepower to play with any team in the country and if Stewart can see more quality pitches that will only help them.
The bullpen is the one area that is most concerning for Florida State giving up 13 runs, 9 earned, in 17.1 innings pitched this weekend. Other than closer Billy Strode and Will Zirzow, who gave up just 1 run in 5.1 innings, the entire bullpen struggled to locate pitches and get outs. If the Seminoles don’t make it very far during post season play this will be one of the key factors.
With this series win it means that unless an implosion happens and Florida State drops each of the last three series the Seminoles will be hosting a regional for the fifth consecutive year. It also means that Florida State has put themselves right into the conversation for a national seed.
The Seminoles will host Coastal Carolina this weekend, who are now up to 30th in the RPI and ranked in the Top-25 in two of the five major polls. If Florida State can take this series and Clemson while not getting swept by Louisville they will be in good position to earn a national seed.