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Inside the box score: FSU takes care of business after slow start

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Strong situational hitting and relief pitching lead to comeback W over Cincy

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  1. Florida State didn’t produce just clutch hits, but also productive outs on Friday night. With a runner on third and less than two outs a batter doesn’t have to come up with a hit to drive in a run. Just put the ball in play and you’ll likely get the run in, but that’s been FSU’s biggest issue. Last night FSU got the job done in all five opportunities with a runner on third and less than two outs. Elijah Cabell provided the big hit with a three-run bomb to the opposite field that got the ‘Noles going. Mat Nelson and Carter Smith provided productive outs with an RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly. If this team can capitalize on these opportunities, they’ll win a whole lot of baseball games.
  2. Often last night, Florida State pitchers got themselves into trouble, but were able to get out of it. CJ Van Eyk ran into a lot of trouble in his second start, but limited the damage to just one earned. The pitchers were far from perfect on the night, but they made quality pitches under pressure. The Seminoles’ six pitchers combined to hold the Bearcats to just 3-20 with runners on base. Sometimes pitchers don’t have their best stuff, but if they have the ability to work with runners on they can get away with it.

3. Last season, Florida State often struggled with left-handed pitching as the majority of their best hitters were lefties. FSU started seven right-handed hitters on the night, but still struggled with the Cincinnati’s LHP Evan Shawver. On the night, FSU went 0-15 against the lefty and struck out nine times. The Seminoles only runners against the lefty came on four walks. The lefty’s breaking ball kept the lefties and righties off balance at the plate. Surprisingly, FSU didn’t see any more lefties the rest of the night and were able to take advantage of the RHP’s. The Seminoles may have matchup issues against LHP’s despite the platoons at first and third base. Cincinnati will run out another left-handed starter on Sunday to test FSU’s bats.

Yesterday’s postgame interviews from Mike Martin Jr. and Elijah Cabell are below.