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Inside the box score: FSU baseball’s offense falls flat in weekend finale

Lack of offensive production and Texas Tech’s extra base hits lead to second straight L

Brett Nevitt
  1. Despite struggling to produce hits, FSU still had plenty of chances to score and extend their lead on Texas Tech. The Seminoles still worked nine free passes on the day. You don’t have to put a ton of hits on the board to score runs. Mike Martin Jr. mentioned this in his press conference today, “It’s not how many hits you get, it’s when it happens.” For example, Elijah Cabell has just seven hits on the year, but leads the team with 20 RBI with four multi-run homers. If a team produces with runners on and with two outs, they’ll score lots of runs. Florida State didn’t do either of these, going 0-9 with two outs and just 1-10 with runners on base.
  2. The ‘Noles also struggled to simply move the runners over after free passes from Texas Tech. Florida State had no productive outs and only moved runners over in three of twelve opportunities. Last year, FSU was able to get away with it with power up and down the lineup. This team can’t rely on the home ball as much and has to be able to scrape runs across when they get the opportunities. When you’re not producing hits and can’t make productive outs, the runs are going to be hard to come by.
  3. FSU’s pitchers pitched well all weekend, but were burned by big hits. For the second straight day, a home run tied the ball game for the Red Raiders. Two of Tech’s errors came on solo homers. The ‘Noles also surrendered three doubles on the day, including two with no outs in the inning. Giving up a lot of singles doesn’t hurt a pitcher, but extra base hits lead to runs in bunches. In 11 games, FSU pitchers have surrendered 9 home runs and 16 doubles.

For more of Meat’s postgame presser, see below: