Comparison: FSU And MSU

Comparing Florida State and Mississippi State, both of whom play in the NCAA baseball Tallahassee Regional this weekend.


Florida State Home Record/Mississippi State Away Records - Florida State is 28-5 at home while Mississippi State is 11-14 on the road.

Starting Pitching (I will use the last two or three outings as a stats reference point) - Florida State freshman LHP Brandon Leibrandt (6-2, 2.91 ERA), freshman RHP Mike Compton (10-2, 2.88) and junior RHP Scott Sitz (3-3, 4.14) appear to be FSU's three main starters, although they have also used freshman RHP Luke Weaver (1-0, 5.73) at times.

In his last three starts in conference play, Leibrandt has thrown 17.1 innings, allowing 9 runs (7 earned) on 13 hits and 5 walks while striking out 13. His three-game ERA is 3.63.

Compton, in his last three conference starts, has given up 9 runs (6 earned) on 18 hits and 4 walks to go along with his 10 Ks in 12.1 innings. His ERA is 4.38.

Sitz has only recently been used as a starter, taking Weaver's spot in the rotation. In his two conference starts he threw 8.1 innings, giving up 5 runs (all earned) on 8 hits and 4 walks while striking out 7. His ERA in those two starts is 5.40.

Weaver, in his two starts prior to being taken out of the starting rotation, threw 7 innings, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 10 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5 in 7 innings. His ERA in those two outings is 5.14.

Mississippi State has recently been using junior RHP Chris Stratton (11-1, 2.21 ERA), junior RHP Kendall Graveman (4-4, 2.92) and freshman RHP Brandon Woodruff (1-2, 2.38) as their three-man rotation. Sophomore RHP Evan Mitchell has (2-1, 3.52) also been used as a starter in SEC action as well.

Stratton, one of the top pitchers in the nation and recently named the SEC Pitcher of the Year by the league coaches, has performed well in his last three appearances, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 17 hits and 4 walks while striking out 22 in 19.1 innings. His three-start ERA is 2.33.

Graveman, who has been nursing a groin pull the past couple of weeks, has also performed well in his last three outings, giving up 4 runs (all earned) on 14 hits and 1 walk to go along with his 6 Ks in 13.2 innings. His ERA during that span is 2.63.

Woodruff, who became MSU's third starter the past two SEC weekends, has done well. In his last three outings, two against SEC teams, has only allowed 1 run on 8 hits and 5 walks while striking out 11 in 12 inning. His three-game ERA is 0.75.

In his last two starts, Mitchell has given up 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and 6 walks while striking out 5 in 5.1 innings. His ERA is 1.69.

Relief Pitching (Stats are from the last three or four conference series) - Florida State will mainly use six pitchers in relief - redshirt sophomore RHP Gage Smith (3-0, 3 S, 3.07 ERA), senior RHP Hunter Scantling (5-1, 0 S, 3.89), junior RHP Robert Benincasa (4-1, 13 S, 1.36), sophomore LHP Brandon Johnson (1-0, 0 S, 3.38), freshman LHP Bryant Holtmann (2-0, 0 S, 3.47), and freshman LHP Kyle Bird (0-1, 0 S, 6.25).

Smith is mainly used in middle relief. In the last four conference series he has pitched in 7 games, allowing 4 runs (all earned) on 9 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7 in 9.2 innings. His ERA during those games is 3.71.

Scantling, like Smith, is primarily used in middle relief. In his last 4 games he has thrown 8.1 innings, giving up 9 runs (8 earned) on 10 hits and 6 walks to go along with his 4 Ks. His ERA is 8.64 in those outings.

Benincasa is FSU's closer. In his last four appearances he has thrown 4.1 innings, giving up 3 runs (all earned) on 4 hits and 0 walks while striking out 7. His four-game ERA is 6.24.

Johnson has been used in middle relief and as a closer. In his last four games he has thrown 5.1 innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits and 0 walks while striking out 3. His four-game ERA is 1.69.

Holtmann has also appeared in four games in FSU's last four conference series. In those games he has thrown 3.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 3. His four-game ERA is 4.86.

Bird has been used mostly in middle relief. In his last 5 outings he has given up 9 runs (all earned) on 7 hits and 9 walks while striking out 8 in 5.1 innings for an ERA of 15.20.

Mississippi State will primarily use 7 pitchers in relief - redshirt freshman LHP Ross Mitchell (2-0, 0 S, 1.02 ERA), senior RHP Caleb Reed (1-5, 8 S, 2.56), freshman RHP Jonathan Holder (2-0, 9 S, 0.00), freshman LHP Jacob Lindgren (2-2, 1 S, 3.33), junior LHP Luis Pollorena (4-0, 0 S, 1.85), redshirt junior LHP Nick Routt (3-5, 0 S, 3.83), and redshirt sophomore Ben Bracewell (0-0, 0 S, 0.96).

In his last 7 outings, Mitchell has thrown 16.1 innings, giving up 0 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks while striking out 9. His ERA is 0.00. He is mainly used in middle relief.

Reed has thrown in 7 games in the last three conference series (including the SEC Tournament). In those 7 games he has given up 1 run on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4 in 9.1 innings. His ERA is 0.96. He is mainly used as a setup main for closer Holder.

Holder has become MSU's closer during the last half of SEC play. In the last three SEC series he has thrown in 8 games, allowing 0 runs on 0 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9 in 7.2 innings. His ERA is obviously 0.00.

Lindgren has been used in middle relief and has also started one game during the last three SEC series. During his 4 outings, he has given up 5 runs (all earned) on 10 hits and 2 walks to go along with his 11 Ks in 11.0 innings.

Pollorena has been used as a spot starter and middle relief during the last three SEC series. In those three games he has given up 2 runs (both earned) on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5 in 6.0 innings.

Routt has thrown in 4 games in the last three SEC series, giving up 1 run on 7 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5 in 5.1 innings. He's used mostly in middle relief.

Bracewell has been battling an injury for much of the SEC season but has started throwing in SEC games again recently. In his last three outings (2 in SEC play) he has given up 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7 in 6.2 innings. He's mainly used in middle relief.

Who's Hot at the Plate and Who's Not in the Last 5 Games - For Florida State junior Jayce Boyd is leading the way with a .412 batting average (7-of-17, 1 RBI), followed by senior James Ramsey who comes in hitting .333 (5-of-15, 6 RBI). Not far behind is freshman Josh Brizuela who is hitting .313 (5-of-16, 0 RBI). Junior Devon Travis is hitting .263 (5-of-19, 3 RBI), redshirt sophomore Stephen McGee comes in at .250 (4-of-16, 2 RBI), followed by freshman John Nogoski who is hitting .167 (2-of-12, 1 RBI), then freshman Josh Delph at .158 (3-of-19, 3 RBI), senior Sherman Johnson at .158 (3-of-19, 1 RBI), junior Seth Miller at .143 (2-of-14, 0 RBI), and in part-time duty junior Justin Gonzalez comes in at .300 (3-of-10, 2 RBI).

Mississippi State (I'm using their stats in the 6 games in the SEC Tournament) is led at the plate by sophomore Adam Frazier who is hitting .522 (12-of-23, 3 RBI), followed by sophomore Daryl Norris who comes in at .308 (4-of-13, 0 RBI). Coming in third is redshirt freshman Wes Rea who is hitting .250 (4-of-16, 4 RBI). Sophomore Hunter Renfroe is hitting .238 (5-of-21, 1 RBI), senior Brent Brownlee is hitting .231 (3-of-13, 2 RBI), junior Mitch Slauter is hitting .227 (5-of-22, 0 RBI), redshirt freshman Demarcus Henderson is hitting .217 (5-of-23, 1 RBI), junior Sam Frost is hitting .190 (4-of-21, 2 RBI), junior Trey Porter comes in hitting .100 (2-of-20, 2 RBI) while in part-time duty Matthew Britton is hitting .250 (2-of-8, 1 RBI).

How Florida State and MSU Match Up
Florida State Category Mississippi State
43-15 Record 39-22
.283 Batting Average .252
387 (6.7 pg) Runs 277 (4.5 pg)
36 Home Runs 21
.404 OB % .359
58-80 Stolen Bases-Attempts 42-69
330 (5.7 pg) Walks 248 (4.1 pg)
397 (6.8 pg) Strikeouts 420 (6.9 pg)
3.65 Team ERA 2.58
18 Saves 20
203 (3.5 pg) Walks 170 (2.8 pg)
420 (7.2 pg) Strikeouts 516 (8.5 pg)
.249 Batting Average Against .239
.969 Fielding % .970

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