- There really isn’t one word to describe just how good Chase Haney has been and how much he means to this team. The redshirt senior can throw in any moment of the game, with the ability to get outs versus righties and lefties. He’s seen all the up-and-downs in his five years at FSU. As the team captain, Haney has been throwing the ball the best of his career to start the season. The RHP has tossed 8.1 scoreless innings and given up just two hits. He’s also walked just one batter, to produce a 0.37 WHIP. Haney is also striking out 11.11 batters per nine and has a .069 batting average against. The sidearmer has already made six appearances through FSU’s first eight games. Mike Martin Jr. is going to use the captain as much as possible this year, and Haney will often come through under pressure.
- FSU’s trio of pitchers simply dominated Florida Atlantic. The Owls scraped across just one hit on Francisco Urbaez’s single back up the middle. FAU didn’t produce a single line drive out, as the Seminoles missed the barrels on a consistent basis. When FSU can get through Friday nights with the trio of CJ Van Eyk, Haney, and Antonio Velez, they aren’t going to lose many ball games or give up many runs. The trio also held FAU to 0-7 with runners on base and struck out 12 batters. All three guys bring a completely different look to the hill, but all can miss bats at a high level. When you hold teams to 1-28, you had a pretty good performance on the mound.
3. Florida State’s offense didn’t do much hitting themselves, producing just four hits. The FSU offense did come through in the clutch opportunities, which made the difference in the game. Of the Seminoles’ five runs, four came with two outs. Two runs came on Mat Nelson’s single into right field, while Reese Albert brought in Nelson on an infield single. Tyler Martin also picked up a two-out RBI on a bases loaded walk. Even on nights that the offense isn’t producing, if they can simply come through with two outs, they’ll win games behind this pitching staff.
For Meat’s postgame press conference and Van Eyk and Nelson’s postgame interview, see below: