Florida State beats Miami, 4-2, and advances to the ACC Baseball Championship Final

  • The win is always the most important thing to get.
  • Further analysis, however, reveals that this was closer than it had to be.  Check this out:   
    Florida State 4th - Tapley, S. walked (3-1). Oravetz, T. reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop (0-1); Tapley, S. advanced to second on a fielding error by ss. Danesh, O. struck out swinging (1-2). Oravetz, T. stole second; Tapley, S. stole third. Posey, J. struck out swinging (3-2). Lopez, R. struck out swinging (2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.
    What you miss there is that the FSU coaches (Mike Martin) called for Danesh to BUNT, twice.  He couldn't get it down, but that's not the point.  Mike Martin is again tightening up in big games, and unfortunately, is showing once again why Miami and other elite teams have had success against him.  We addressed this a week ago in  Mike Martin, Micromanager: Why FSU's baseball coach prevents his team from scoring runs.  It's simply unacceptable to do that.  Not only is it horrible from an expected runs standpoint, but it clearly hurt Danesh's psyche.  After that article, I did hear from some FSU people, however, and that indicated that Mike Martin has been more receptive this year to logic and obvious things that can be proved, and that the assistant coaches do not agree with choking our offense in this fashion.  Hopefully MM Jr takes over, as he understands this relatively simple stuff.  College baseball is an offensive game.  Playing for one run has never worked for Martin in the past against elite competition, and it will continue to fail the Seminoles if they don't rectify the situation.
  • Summary:  this game didn't need to be as close as it was. 
  • Florida State will return to the diamond for its third game of the ACC Baseball Championship on Saturday, May 23 at 12:00 p.m. against fourth-seeded Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets took 2-of-3 from the Seminoles back in Atlanta just two weeks ago. Georgia Tech is 0-2 in the ACC Tournament after suffering losses to both Miami and Boston College.

  • Let's hope everyone realizes how meaningless that game is, including the coaching staff who
  • Big shoutout to Mike McGee for throwing out a potential leadoff double in the middle innings.
  • Tomahawk Points to Brian Bush, who gave the 'Noles a solid game from the mound, had hitters test the true limits of the ballpark, and then definitely did not proceed to do his postgame windsprints.
  • A huge thank you to Miami, for failing to capitalize on a great opportunity to beat the 'Noles.
  • Jimmy Marshall should not be pitching in high leverage situations.  The kid can't find the strike zone and we can't count on him to be the closer.
  • This team is officially playing with house money.  There were no expectations on this team coming into the season, and nobody (including myself) thought they would be in contention to host a SuperRegional, but they are.  This team is still very young, and the only thing we can ask for as Seminole fans is for the players to give maximum effort and for the coaches to put the team in the best possible position to win. 
  • GO NOLES!!

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