After dropping three of four games last week the Seminoles (18-11) picked up right where they left off falling 3-2 to Jacksonville (19-10) in 11 innings.
- Once again Florida State did not record much offense on the day but Robby Martin did his part. One of two Seminoles hitting over .300 Martin went 2-4 with a walk. The only blemish on his night was a strike out. After starting the year hot the freshman has struggled mightily but recently has started to pick it up.
- The bullpen certainly did it’s part. Five Seminoles made their way from the pen giving up just three runs over either innings, striking out ten while only walking two. They did give up ten hits but that’s still a good line.
- Making his first start on the mound J.C. Flowers did not disappoint. Flowers walked just one and struck out three over tree innings, giving up no runs and just one hit. The junior has pitched very well in his first year on the mound and probably could have gone further if he wasn’t on a pitch count. After losing the Boston College series Mike Martin promised changes would be made. Starting Flowers might lead you to think they are preparing him for a starting role....
- After the game Mike Martin mentioned that Flowers is too valuable in the pen to start another game. So Florida State was forced to either switch pitchers every two to three innings or have them bat because they lost the DH with Flowers starting for no real good reason. Flowers could not go too many innings because he’d have to be on a pitch count having only pitched a few innings at a time from his closer role. What was the point of this exercise?
- Making matters worse Martin mentioned they planned to throw Drew Parrish late in the game as Tuesday was his bullpen session day but a miscommunication had him throw too many pitches in the pen and not be available for the game. The worst part of this? Martin decided this would be a good nugget to give the press during the post game conference.
- Hitting was abysmal once again for the ‘Noles. FSU tallied just five hits over 11 innings, striking out 13 times to seven walks. At one point Nander de Sedas jogged down to first on a ball that bounced off the pitcher and was thrown out when he could have been safe. Unfortunately, FSU does not have the talent to be able to sit a player of his caliber so he stayed in the game. The ‘Noles have score more than four runs in just two of their last eight games.
Florida State will look to get right at rival Miami this weekend.