D1Baseball: 8th (9th)
USA Today Coaches Poll: 10th (11th)
Baseball America: 8th (9th)
Collegiate Baseball: 7th (7th)
National College Baseball Writers Association: 10th (11th)
RPI: 7th (6th)
Strength of Schedule: 6th (13th)
Previous Week is in parenthesis
Walks: 1st (297)
Batting Average: 176th (.268)
Earned Run Average: 93rd (3.93)
Fielding Percentage: 192nd (.963)
Home Runs: 12th (49)
On Base Percentage: 11th (.400)
Runs Scored: 8th (359)
Runs Per Game: 12th (7.3)
What it Means
Florida State is sitting pretty for a national seed after going to Miami and taking a series from the Hurricanes and taking two of three this weekend from a Top-25 RPI team in Coastal Carolina. Once again Boomer Biegalski and Mike Compton pitched extremely well. Biegalski had a no-hit bid going until the seventh inning of Friday’s game. He gave up just 1 run on 1 hit, a solo homerun in the seventh, in seven innings with 4 walks and a career high 12 strikeouts. Compton was nearly as good also going seven innings while giving up just 1 run. He allowed five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.
As great as the first two starters have been the last couple weeks, the Seminoles need to find someone who can fill in that Sunday role. Drew Carlton has been there the past few weeks, but he’s been torched in his last two starts. On Sunday he went just 3.1 innings while giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk. He did strikeout 3. Florida State is going to need someone to step into that role if they want to succeed in the post season.
The Florida State bullpen was very good this weekend giving up just 4 runs, 1 earned, in 9.2 innings this weekend against a very good Coastal Carolina offense that averages 6.8 runs per game. This has been an area of concern all season long for the Seminoles, but this weekend was very encouraging considering the quality of the opponent.
Once again the Seminole offense dominated at the plate this weekend scoring 26 runs in the three games. Florida State scored 16 runs in the Friday game and set the tone for the Saturday game where they scored 8. Coastal Carolina was able to get some confidence back early in the game on Sunday and held the Seminoles to just 2 runs. The 3-4-5 hitters continue to pace the Seminole lineup knocking in 11 of the 26 runs this weekend. All American D.J. Stewart is finally getting pitches to hit thanks to Quincy Neiporte and Chris Marconcini.
Florida State is in for a very tough week with four games on the road starting with Stetson on Tuesday. This weekend the Seminoles travel to take on Top-5 Louisville. The Cardinals are one of the top teams in the nation and have not lost an ACC series this year. All three of Louisville’s starters have a sub-3.3 ERA, including Brendan McKay who sits at a ridiculous 1.81 ERA in 64.2 innings. The Louisville bullpen has five pitchers with a sub-1.75 ERA with at least 10 innings pitched including sophomore Drew Harrington who has given up just 1 earned run in 30 innings. The Louisville offense isn’t as potent as their pitching staff, but they still average 5.6 runs per game and with this pitching staff that’s been more than enough.
Louisville is 21-3 in the ACC on the season and Florida State would need a miracle to pass them for the Atlantic division championship. However, taking the series from the Cardinals would secure a national seed and likely push the Seminoles into one of the Top-5 seeds. A series loss would still likely have the ‘Noles in as a national seeds, but they would have to sweat out the last week of the regular season and the ACC tournament.