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Inside the box score: FSU’s pitchers pick up defense with clutch pitching

Despite putting up 10 runs, it was an underwhelming day at the plate / Haylee Blitch
  1. Despite another double-digit performance, FSU’s offense was underwhelming on Sunday. FSU failed to put up a hit until the fourth inning and had just two hits after six innings. The Seminoles struggled against left-handed pitchers, just as they had on Friday night and the majority of 2019. Mike Martin Jr. went away from the platoons for hotter bats but still didn’t see much success against the lefties. Overall, the Seminoles were 5-29 at the plate with no extra base hits. When teams start to throw strikes, FSU’s offense won’t be able to get away with days like this at the plate. The matchups against LHP’s are still a work in progress for Junior.

2. All season, Florida State’s defense has been abysmal, but it got even worse in game three. FSU’s defense made four errors on the day, three coming from the left side of the infield. Florida State made an error on just over 10% of defensive opportunities in another terrible defensive showing. For the series, FSU made 10 errors and at least three in each game. The errors put more pressure on the pitchers to miss bats and tax the arms with unnecessary pitches. Florida State isn’t going to win many more games this season while making errors on 10% of plays. With FSU entering a tough slate of the schedule, the defense has to be fixed quick or the Seminoles could head into a slump.

3. Despite the errors, FSU gave up just one run thanks to the ability of their pitching staff. The ‘Noles held the Bearcats to just two hits in 18 at-bats with runners on base. Cincinnati’s only run of the day came on a solo-home run. The staff was able to pick up the defenders behind them and strand 12 runners. Cincinnati was also 0-10 with runners in scoring position. Jonah Scolaro, Bryce Hubbart, and Parker Messick all showed the ability to work around jams out of the pen. The rate at which this staff has stranded runners has been impressive, but it’s hard to expect this trend to stick all season long. The defense needs to begin to step up to relieve the pitchers of some pressure.

For more on FSU’s sweep-clincher, click here. See below for postgame interviews from Mike Martin Jr., Conor Grady, and Elijah Cabell: