Florida State (18-12) dropped it’s third straight game losing the series to Miami (20-11) without scoring a run. This time they lost 4-0. The ‘Noles find themselves 1-6 in their last seven and searching for answers.
- Once again Mike Salvatore shows himself to be the only competent hitter on this team. Salvatore started the game with a hard line out to first and added a walk and single in his next two appearances. While he only had one hit on the day he did provide FSU chances with timely hitting and his walk. He’s also taken over at short stop and performed just as well, if not better than Nander de Sedas.
- Nico Baldor recorded a hit at the plate and fielded his position well. The junior saved his infield from two errors. If Cooper Swanson is going to hit like he has Baldor is the clear option at first due to his defensive ability.
- Clayton Kwiatoski entered the game with a runner on first and no outs and while he allowed that runner to score he kept FSU in the game by pitching 3.1 innings and giving two hits and two walks and striking out five. Both of his hits given up were singles.
- CJ Van Eyk pitched about the same as Drew Parrish did on Friday. Van Eyk was effectively ok striking out seven and walking three but when he missed he missed over the plate. Miami had a few well hit balls early but they were right at Seminoles. Of the four hits Van Eyk surrendered two were doubles and one was a home run. FSU starters surrendered eight runs through nine innings so far this weekend and the only positive is that their ERA is very easy to calculate. It’s 8.00.
- FSU doesn’t have a quality catcher for the first time in a while. Seminole catchers have now given up five wild pitches on the series, which means runners at second instead of first and third instead of second. This doesn’t always hurt the team but it does put undo stress on the defense. Not all of the wild pitches are really the catcher’s fault but there have been too many mishandled pitches behind the plate.
- Once again the FSU offense was impotent. Florida State has now been held scoreless over the last 23 innings. Florida State recorded zero hits from the second to eighth inning and only one hit after the second. This series marked the first back-to-back shut out since 2004. Mike Martin Jr is the odds on favorite to be the next head coach. He is largely considered responsible for catchers and batters on this team...
Florida State looks to lengthen our punishment Sunday at 1:00 PM against Miami.