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3 up, 3 down: Andrew Karp has a career-best outing against Jacksonville

Florida State remains unbeaten with road win against Dolphins.

Andrew Karp
Andrew Karp
Photo by Larry Novey

One day after jumping up a spot in the D1 Baseball rankings, the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles (8-0) travelled to Jacksonville University (4-4) for their first road game of the season. FSU came way with a 4-0 victory in what turned out to be a milestone game for the Seminoles’ starting pitcher.

Three up:

  • Andrew Karp (2-0; 0.00) was tremendous for the ’Noles. The junior right-hander struck out a career-high 12 Dolphins hitters. His previous high (11 K’s) came against the Florida Gators on March 14, 2017. He’s tied for fifth in the nation with his 20-to-1 K/BB ratio. Having allowed nine hits over 12.1 innings pitched, he’s yet to surrender an earned run on the season.
  • After allowing six-straight successful stolen base attempts to start the year, Cal Raleigh has now thrown out 2-of-the-last-3 would-be base stealers. After Jacksonville center fielder Ruben Someillan singled in the third inning, Karp whiffed third baseman Sam Armstrong with Someillan on the move. Raleigh ended the inning with a perfect throw to Mike Salvatore to complete the strike-him-out-throw-him-out double play.
  • FSU did not allow a walk. Karp and freshman Jonah Scolaro had good command of the strike-zone and limited their opponents’ opportunities. Entering tonight’s game the ’Noles had given up 22 walks through seven games. However, given the level of competition (Xavier and Troy), you would like to see fewer free-passes allowed from a team that, entering the season, returned all three of their weekend starters.

Three down:

  • The 2-3-4-5 hitters for Florida State combined to go 1-for-16 on the evening. Rhett Aplin — RBI-double in the seventh inning off of Austin Temple — was the only one of the group to procure a base hit.
  • Second baseman/outfielder Nick Derr continues to lose playing time to Rafael Bournigal and whoever FSU slots into the DH role. After appearing in 50 games (32 starts) as a freshman in 2017, Derr has just 14 plate appearances this year. Sure, Bournigal is a 5th-year senior with more experience, but Derr has reached base nine times in his 14 trips. His .643 OBP is tops on the Seminoles roster. Bournigal, after reaching base in all four plate appearances against the Dolphins, has now reached base one more time than Derr — in 18 more trips to the plate. Bournigal is going to be a main-stay at second base, but Derr could start seeing the bulk of the DH duties if he continues to get on base.
  • There appears to be a power outage at FSU. Of the 247 Division I teams that qualify, the Seminoles rank 163rd in the country in home runs. Through eight games last season the club totaled seven dingers. At the end of last season, FSU was 36th in the nation averaging 1.12 HR/game. However, this year the ’Noles are trotting around the bases roughly (0.37 HR/game) once every three games.

Up Next:

Florida State returns home for a three-game weekend set against UNC-Asheville. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6pm.