The Florida State Seminoles will take the field as the home team this evening as they face the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats starting at 6:00 PM. The Seminoles have faced the WIldcats 4 times in Regional play and have scored 30 runs en route to a 4-0 record.
Inside we will preview today's matchups.
As of post time Bethune-Cookman has not announced their starting pitcher for tonight’s game. The Wildcats have two options, ace Scott Garner who won the MEAC Freshman of the Year and MEAC Pitcher of the Year or sophomore Gabriel Hernandez. Garner really excelled in conference play but did not pitch against any team near the caliber of this Seminoles’ offense which may make Gabriel Hernandez a better option. I really expect the Noles to handle either pitcher and get into the Wildcats bullpen early.
The Noles turn to junior Hunter Scantling on short rest after he threw 59 pitches (83% for strikes) against Virginia in the ACC title game. In his last start he was moderately effective but a good team eventually figured out his slider and hurt him. He will find out just how good the opposing lineup is if they are able to be patient because Scantling has really had difficulty keeping runners off base with a high WHIP. The Noles really need good innings out of Hunter today as they can ill afford to go to the bullpen early as they will more than likely need their best long reliever Brian Busch later in the weekend.
It is pretty apparent that the Wildcats destroyed terrible pitching. Their offense consists of 8 hitters with an OPS of over .900 for the season one of who is C Peter O’Brien (.385/.449/.708) who will be one of the top catchers in the upcoming MLB draft.
Having one of the best offenses in the ACC translates to having one of the best offenses in the nation. The Noles display a patient power hitting team lead by All Conference players RF James Ramsey (.350/.416/.600), CF Mike McGee (.301/.447/.515), C Rafael Lopez (.319/.458/.543) and 2B Devon Travis (.297/.429/.426).
WEATHER AND BROADCAST INFORMATION:
You know its regional time in Tallahassee as a heat waver moved through this last week and is going to stay throughout the weekend. Forecast highs today will be around 100 degrees. Game time temperature is expected to be 96 degrees and isolated thunderstorms are expected later in the evening.
Neither games will be televised but will broadcasted live on Seminoles All-Access for free. Come back at 2 PM for the Live Thread and as always Go ‘Noles!