The No. 8 Florida State Seminoles baseball team got off to the start it needed in its series against a bad Bowling Green State Falcons team on Friday night, securing a 6-1 victory. But while the series started the right way for FSU, the 'Noles didn't get started until this one was nearly over.
- Better late than never, right? After being blanked for seven frames, the 'Noles finally clustered some power hitting in the eighth, equalizing the game at one on back-to-back doubles by Cal Raleigh and Quincy Nieporte before Dylan Busby was hit by a pitch. A Ben DeLuzio triple then provided a 3-1 lead, followed by a walk to Steven Wells, Jr. DeLuzio scored on a passed ball and Donovan Petrey walked, which set the stage for John Sansone to put this one out of reach with a two-run double that made it 6-1.
- One of those six runs came courtesy of pinch runner Jackson Lueck, a sight for sore Seminole eyes. If Lueck's shoulder injury were really that bad, he wouldn't be out there at all, so this was a good sign for FSU, as was the pinch hitting role played by Matt Henderson.
- The Seminoles certainly didn't make it easy for the Falcons to initiate what little offense they were able to generate. 'Noles pitchers did not allow a leadoff hit all night. And once again, the bullpen was back to its dominant early season form. Ed Voyles and Tyler Warmoth combined to throw 4.1 innings of two-hit, no run baseball, striking out three and walking just one.
- The 'Noles simply took forever to get anything going in this one. They had the bases loaded with one down in the third, but a Nieporte double-play ball extinguished the threat. After that, they couldn't post multiple hits in an inning until the eighth. They simply must jump on poor teams like these Falcons earlier than this. Even with injury issues, the 'Noles are still way more talented than your BGSUs of the country.
- Defense again cost the Seminoles-- and came very close to costing them the game. In the fifth inning, A chopper back to starter Mike Compton should have resulted in a 1-6-3 double pay to end the inning. But Compton's throw sailed wide, the inning continued, and Bowling Green scored what, until the eight, was the game's lone run. FSU finished with two errors, compared to zero for BGSU.
- And while we're discussing defense, the starting pitching continues to plague Florida State. Compton gave them just 4.2 innings, allowing the aforementioned unearned run on five hits while fanning a pair and walking one. He was pulled after 69 pitches.