A season of smashing expectations continues for the Noles as they defeated the best college pitcher and using the word defeated is putting it nicely. Stanford jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning but that would be all for the remainder of the evening. Freshman Brandon Leibrandt pitched beautifully through six innings, watching him pitch to a lineup like that really makes you excited about his future at Florida State. His demeanor on the mound and the way he carries himself you can really tell he is the son of a successful former major league pitcher. The real story of the night was the offense and how they took advantage of Mark Appel’s worst outing of the year and possibly his career. The patient and disciplined approach that Florida State takes paid off yet again as a seven run fourth inning put the Noles ahead and the game pretty much out of reach. Not taking away anything from the Seminole hitters but Mark Appel was not his usual dominant self, his velocity was down and his command was terrible as he seemed to be overthrowing all night. The Seminoles ended the night scoring 17 runs on 11 hits with 12 walks and 5 hit batters. It is pretty laughable that ESPN was making excuses about the Stanford players having to take exams and therefore their minds were not in the game. But if you are going to discredit that theory can you really believe the silly ideas that Appel performed so poorly because of the humidity, his contract and the crowd noise? The Noles are sitting very pretty up a game with two left but the weather looks to be uncooperative today. Great participation in last night’s game thread and hope to see everyone there again tonight at 6PM. Go Noles!