In desperate need of RPI help Florida State (31-18, 16-11) went on the road to a bad Stetson team and failed to record a hit in a 1-0 loss. FSU has now gone 1-2 against three teams with RPIs in the 200s and now sits at 70. Teams ranked that low do not usually go to the post season and to break into the top 45 FSU needs to win out the regular season.
- On one hand Stetson isn’t a good team but on the other hand the bullpen performed well. Tyler Ahearn came on for Jack Anderson with Stetson having already scored a run and two runners on. Ahearn managed to induce a ground ball and then work four more innings of one hit, one walk ball keeping FSU in the game. Chase Haney also managed a clean inning of work, striking out one.
- FSU has a good conference and over all record but their strength of schedule has been poor. When opportunities presented themselves for solid wins this year the Seminoles have failed. Three games against Florida could have resulted in wins and FSU lost all three. FSU lost two of three on the road to both Miami and NC State. FSU was able to sweep Clemson and take two of three from Wake but both of those teams are in the 50s as are most of the teams on FSU’s conference schedule. Florida State visits Louisville this week and absolutely has to win the series but even that might not be enough to get the ‘Noles into the NCAA post season.
- When FSU desperately needed a few wins they faltered. Neither Jacksonville nor Stetson are good teams. Jacksonville is barely over .500 and Stetson is a bit under .500 but FSU managed to barely put up a fight scoring just five runs over those three games. Pitching did it’s job but the offense couldn’t be bothered to show up.
- Before starting the Stetson game Anderson had four appearances on the season and had given up five runs. Why this coaching staff thought this game would be a good time for appearance five is anybody’s guess. Anderson started out well striking out the first three batters he faced but he was lucky to get out of the second without giving up a run and just as lucky in the third, although he did give up one run. The results do not matter here. Why is the staff deciding May is the time to try out new arms instead of giving these players more opportunities in February or March?
The Seminoles return home on Friday at 6:00 to face the Richmond Spiders, who have a RPI of 164.