The Seminoles got off to a fast start to a big four-game weekend with a win over FAU. The trio of CJ Van Eyk, Chase Haney, and Antonio Velez surrendered just one hit, while Mat Nelson came through with two hits and two RBI. The Seminoles will play a double header today, split between the Owls and Texas Tech.
Bryce Hubbart will make his first career start in game one against FAU. Hubbart started the season in the closer role, but will move back to his natural role as a starter. Mike Martin Jr. said the freshman will be working on a 60-65 pitch count. Since taking the loss on opening day, the freshman has bounced back with two spotless innings. This could be a preview of what we will see in the weekend rotation next season.
Freshman Dante Visconti will get the start for the Owls. The RHP has given up two runs in six innings, while giving up 8 hits and two walks. Visconti was rated the 50th RHP out of FL in the 2019 recruiting class.
With four games this weekend, Nelson will get game one off to rest his legs. Doug Kirkland will make his first career start behind the plate.
#FSU lineup G2 vs. FAU:— Brett (@brettpn) February 29, 2020
DH T. Martin
SS J. Greene
CF R. Albert
LF E. Cabell
RF R. Martin
1B D. Simmons
3B C. Smith
2B N. De Sedas
C D. Kirkland
SP Bryce Hubbart
In game two, Shane Drohan will look for his first quality start versus the Red Raiders. Drohan is the only weekend starter yet to toe the mound in the fifth inning. Drohan’s WHIP currently sits at 1.81, as he’s given up seven hits and six walks in 7.2 IP. He’s still managed to give up just three earned runs, as he’s struck out 12 batters. FSU has to have efficiency out of the lefty this weekend.
RHP Bryce Bonnin will get the start for Texas Tech. FSU will look to get their revenge on Bonnin, after he eliminated the Seminoles with five innings of one-run ball in the CWS. FSU produced just two hits, but walked four times against the RHP. Bonnin possesses a power fastball-slider combo which gets lots of swing-and-misses, as he struck out seven Seminoles. So far this season, Bonnin has struck out 17 batters, walked just one, and given up only five hits in nine innings of work.
First pitch of game one will be at 2:00 PM. Game two will begin at 6:00 PM or 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Both games are on ACC Network Extra. I’ll have coverage of both games in the game thread as well as on Twitter.