The Florida State Seminoles lost yesterday at the hands of the Texas A&M Aggies. Starters Sean Gilmartin and Ross Stripling were on cruise control through the first six innings of the game as the Noles had a 2-1 lead going into the top of the seventh. That's when things went wrong for Gilmartin and the Noles. Starting with no outs and an 0-2 count 1B Jacob House pulled an outside changeup for a base hit ending Gilmartin's streak of retiring 13 straight batters. The next batter walked as it appeared the umpire's strike zone tightened up and with a sacrifice bunt A&M had runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out. Another good piece of hitting by LFas he singled through the left side plating 2 runners and giving Texas A&M their first lead of the day 3-2. The Aggies added 2 more hits and ended the inning with a 5-2 lead and all the momentum.
Ross Stripling made the Seminoles offense work for everything, although he allowed 7 hits he only walked one. The Noles had base runners on in every inning but 2 but struck out 8 times and could not string together timely hits. It was said in yesterday's preview that the Seminoles would need the bottom of the lineup to produce and unfortunately hitters 6-9 went a pitiful 0-15 with 4 strikeouts and 0 walks. The only offense was again from hitters 1-5 who were 9-20 including a solo homerun by 1B Jayce Boyd. The game ended withusing a carousel of pitchers in the last 2 innings while the Aggies used 2 relievers en route to a 6-2 final score.
The Seminoles are in a situation they haven't really had to face all season as they have only lost twice when Gilmartin has pitched. Inside we will look at the pitching probables.
Florida State - RHP, Mike McGee vs. Texas A&M - RHP, Derrick Hadley
Mike McGee is coming off his best outing of the season where he pitched 5 innings allowing only 3 hits and walking none before the game was delayed due to weather. But as you can see below that in his 6 total starts this season he has had real consistency issues.
McGee biggest issue this season is his walks, he really gets himself in trouble with them as hitters are able to adjust to his average stuff the second time through the order. He had is best outing of the year his last start against Alabama and the Noles will need another start similar to that in order to stay in this game and reserve the bullpen.
The Aggies chose to rest weekend starter Michael Wacha another day as he has thrown 200 pitches in the last 8 days. They will turn to freshman righty Derrick Hadley who is primarily a contact pitcher who relies on his defense. Hadley tries to get good downward action on his fastball, works away with the breaking ball and uses a change occasionally.
In his last appearance Hadley had a quality start against Arizona in the regionals where he pitched 5 innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, while walking and hitting a batter and striking out none. The Noles need to maintain their patient approach at the plate against Hadley and wait for a good pitch to drive.
There is no doubt that the Seminoles have a difficult road ahead but they are absolutely the favorite today and should be able to force a game 3 where anything can happen. See everyone back here at 4PM for a live game thread.