The Seminoles took less than an hour to finish off the Alabama Crimson Tide today defeating them 11-1. Alabama looked very flat and the Noles came out swinging ending up with a season high 19 hits. Florida State has moved on to the Super Regionals where they will host the winner of tonight's matchup between Texas A&M and Arizona.
The Florida State Seminoles won on Saturday night against Alabama surviving Sean Gilmartin’s worst start of the season. The All-American lefty clearly did not have his best stuff and was reportedly battling some type of illness but he did manage to go seven innings for the Noles. The offense battled the Tide through the first five innings but opened things up with a 4 run sixth thanks to a 2 run single by James Ramsey who went 4 for 5 on the night.
They will face the Alabama Crimson Tide for the second time in two days as they came out swinging against Central Florida earlier today. The Tide chased the Knights’ starting pitcher before he even recorded an out and had another big inning later in the game winning 12-5. They will now have to defeat the Noles twice in a row if they are to advance.
Inside we will preview today's matchups.
Alabama has used all their normal weekend starters and will have to turn to reliever Adam Windsor. The sophomore lefty has only 3 starts on the season, none in conference play and is expected to be on a very tight leash. Alabama should have only 7 pitchers available tonight and those 7 have only accounted for 25% of Alabama’s innings pitched in conference play.
The Seminoles turn to Mike McGee tonight who is coming off a start where he pitched 5+ scoreless innings, however he was not sharp walking 5 batters. The Noles again turned to their two most valuable relievers last night as Brian Busch and Daniel Bennett pitched an inning a piece, the availability of Busch might be an issue.
The Crimson Tide offense has 41 hits through the first 3 games in regional play and could take advantage of poor pitching. The one through six hitters for Alabama have gone 34-78 (.436) in the first 3 games and are led by leadoff hitter.
The top of the lineup is carrying the Noles to as Devon Travis, Rafy Lopez and James Ramsey went 9-14 yesterday. The Seminoles should see a lot of inexperienced pitchers today and should be able to outslug Alabama en route to another Super Regional appearance.
Other than the extreme heat the weather shouldn’t play a factor in tonight’s game. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Florida at 6PM and online at the NCAA website. See everyone back at game time for a live thread.