The No. 8 Florida State baseball team (32-13, 14-6) put the finishing touches on a sweep of the Bowling Green State Falcons (16-31, 6-12) on Sunday afternoon, topping BGSU by a final score of 6-1. Over the weekend, the 'Noles outscored the Falcons by a combined score of 22-1. Here's what went right, and where the Seminoles need to improve.
- Florida State was routinely underneath balls in the batter's box, lobbing several lazy fly ball into the outfield for easy outs. However, the upside of swinging for the fences is that sometimes you clear those fences. John Sansone authored a solo shot in the third and Dylan Busby followed suit in the fourth (it was each player's seventh long ball of the year). Sansone continues to lead FSU with 55 RBIs, after adding three more on Sunday.
- And even when Florida State wasn't hitting the ball over the wall, they damn near knocked it over, peppering extra base hits into the outfield. Of FSU's ten hits, five were for extra bases-- that kind of slugging will tend to maximize your offensive efficiency.
- Starter Cole Sands had a nice day, conceding just one earned run over six innings of work on three hits. He also struck out five and forced 11 groundouts and is on the verge of getting his ERA below four (it's down to 4.02 from 4.39). Sands flashed the leather nicely, gloving a pair of come-backers. He needs to temper his enthusiasm a bit, though, as he attempted to barehand a ball back to the mound in the first.
- The base running simply must improve. After tripling in the second, Matt Henderson, back today from injury, was picked off third with one out. In the fifth, Taylor Walls should have been an easy out when he broke from third on a ball back to the pitcher. BGSU, which obliged with four throwing errors on the day, chucked the ball at the dugout suites, and he was able to score instead. And then in the sixth, Sansone singled and was promptly picked off first.
- You'd like to see Sands work a little cleaner: three walks isn't terrible, but he began the second and third innings by offering free passes to a lineup that doesn't feature a single player hitting over .287. You've got to make an offense like that hit its way aboard.
- After he pinch ran on Friday night, there was reason to hope that we might see the return of outfielder Jackson Lueck. But no dice.