The Florida State Seminoles survived the bunting clinic provided by Bethune-Cookman on Friday night and won 6-5. That means they will face Alabama in the winners bracket tonight at 6 PM.
Inside we will preview today's matchups.
The Seminoles would be very lucky to have a number two starter like Adam Morgan. He has been solid for the Crimson Tide all year and gives them a legitimate shot to win every time he takes the mound. The 6-1, 180lb lefty is looking to rebound from a poor start against Florida in the SEC tournament where he lasted only 3+ innings giving up 7 hits, striking out and walking one batter. Alabama was able to defeat Central Florida on Friday by only using two pitchers so their bullpen should be well rested.
Sean Gilmatin has been absolutely lights out in his junior All-American season. The Seminoles should feel very good about their chances tonight as Gilmartin has not had a poor start all season. Florida State had to utilize their bullpen last night more than they would have liked to as their best long reliever, Brian Busch threw 2+ innings.
The Alabama offense is not elite and their small ball style of play will not work against Sean Gilmartin. There is nothing that really stands out at you when you look at Alabama’s offense. Scoring almost a full run less than the rest of the SEC should give opposing pitching an advantage in any game. Players watch is 2nd Team All Conference Austen Smith who put up a .312/.387/.413 slash and Taylor Dugas .317/.418/.458.
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).
Today’s games should be on Sun Sports so come back at 6 PM for the live thread and as always Go ‘Noles!