After dropping a Tuesday contest to Jacksonville and barely escaping a two-win Villanova team on Wednesday, the No. 9 Florida State baseball team returned to the dominant form with which it began the season on Friday night, pounding the St. John's Red Storm by a final score of 16-4 in Tallahassee.
- It was a tale of two starts for FSU. Mike Compton worked smoothly on the mound, not surrendering a hit until there were two outs in the fifth inning. By the time he allowed the only two runs he'd concede in the sixth inning, the game was already in hand for the 'Noles, as they led 14-0. Compton came out after the sixth having allowed four hits while striking out five and walking just one.
- While it's been a solid start to the season for Compton, third baseman John Sansone is off to a blistering beginning. After a two-for-three performance on Friday, Sansone is now hitting .500 on the year (20 for 40). Against the Storm, he added three more runs, a pair of RBI, a walk, and a stolen base. He also added a pair of assists, one of which came on a running scoop after a first-inning liner deflected off Compton. His 21 RBI lead the ACC, and Sansone also tied his career-long streak of consecutive games safely reaching base (22).
- One 'Nole who hasn't had the greatest start to 2016 is center fielder Ben DeLuzio. However, that may be turning around, and that could mean added production from the bottom third of the order. DeLuzio hadn't had a multi-hit game all season until Wednesday, when his pair of knocks, including a double, drove in a pair of runs, while he scored another himself. How'd he follow that up vs. St. John's? By doing the exact same thing.
- While the FSU pitching and defense (which finished without any errors) were strong from the first pitch, the bats took a little time to get warmed up, even if the 'Noles did plate four and ten runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. However, it took until that inning for the Seminoles to collect their first hit, or even baserunner, for that matter. Yes, they then exploded, but St. John's starter Joey Christopher is far from an ace, coming into this one with an ERA of 8.44. After the close call against 'Nova, you'd like to see the 'Noles get on lesser opponents (the Red Storm is now 2-5) a bit quicker, to quash any thoughts they might have about hanging around and pulling off the upset.
- Redshirt sophomore RHP Taylor Blatch relieved Compton to start the seventh, but he didn't hang around long. He retired just a couple of Storm batters while walking just as many, recording a wild pitch, hitting a guy, and surrendering two earned runs on two hits. His ERA this season is currently 27.00.
- You know what? The 'Noles just opened a weekend series with a 16-4 win. I don't think we need a third negative point. As FSU manager Mike Martin said after the game, "We just happened to do a lot right."
The 'Noles and Red Storm will meet again at 6 pm on Saturday night.