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Inside the box score: FSU baseball splits Saturday doubleheader

Porous defense spoils strong day of hitting

Brett Nevitt
  1. Overall, FSU had a decent day at the plate as they hit .313 with 27 hits between the two games. The Seminoles made hard contact and often went backside, as Mike Martin Jr. wants them to do. But with runners on base, it was a tale of two stories for the ‘Noles. In game one, Florida State posted a .310 average with runners on base with 9 hits. FSU was also 7-24 with runners in scoring position. They were able to put the game away by not leaving guys on base and capitalizing on opportunities. In game two, the Seminoles let multiple opportunities to extend their lead slip away. FSU left 14 men on and hit just .217 with runners on base. More specifically, the ‘Noles were just 3-16 with runners in scoring position. FSU lost to Texas Tech because of defense, but it wouldn’t have mattered if they put the game away when they had the chances on offense.
  2. For the entirety of the day, FSU’s defense was tough to watch. Florida State made seven total errors, as well as missing three foul pop ups that didn’t count as errors. The Seminoles also botched a run down that led to the winning run coming in for Texas Tech. In both games, FSU made errors on nearly 9% of plays. Taking a deeper dive, the Seminoles made errors on five of 11 ground balls hit to the left side of the infield. Jackson Greene had a rough day with four errors, while Carter Smith made two errors of his own. So far this season, FSU has a .934 fielding percentage and is making 2.5 errors per game. It had yet to plague the ‘Noles this year, but Texas Tech showed them what good teams do when you give them extra opportunities. This defense is never going to be great, but for this team to go deep in the postseason, they need to find a way to at least be average and make the routine plays.
  3. As with the runners on base, FSU advancement rate was a tale of two stories yesterday. Against FAU, FSU advanced runners 57% out of 38 opportunities. In game two, they advanced runners just 44% of the time. FSU also moved over runners just three times with productive outs in the second game, while doing it seven times in the first. When you move runners over at a high rate, there’s a good chance you win the game. In game two, FSU struggled to do that and had to get the big hits to score runs with two outs, instead of being able to make productive, easy outs.

For Mike Martin Jr.’s postgame presser, see below: