Jameis Winston's play on Saturday was exactly what the Seminoles' baseball team needed. The talented quarterback stole the show at the NFL Combine and was at the top of all FSU sports news which allowed the baseball team's two losses on Saturday to go virtually unnoticed.
The series got off to a great start as the Noles notched a come from behind victory on Friday night thanks in part to four RBI night from junior John Sansone. The game finished in the snow with a bases loaded pickoff by catcher Danny DeLa Calle who caught the runner at first wandering a little too far.
Saturday's first game featured the only solid outing from a Seminole starter all weekend as Boomer Biegalski threw seven strong innings and only real hiccup was a three run fifth inning. Florida State bats were completely silenced in the process scoring only one run and managing to rack up 13 strikeouts and only 1 walk. The second game of the doubleheader showed the youth and inexperience of this team as the freshman Cobi Johnson managed only four innings in his second career start. The relief arms that followed showed their inexperience as well as the six pitchers who saw action combined for only 21.2 innings last season.
Florida State's offense had its share of baserunners over the weekend as it walked 16 times in three games but the 37 strikeouts were a bit alarming. As for pitching, the starters are going to have to contribute more, you can't have two of your three weekend guys not make it out of the 5th inning and expect to win many series. This team is going to struggle this season with so much youth and inexperience but give it time, it will improve and Florida State will be just fine.
The Noles are back in action Tuesday as they host Jacksonville and then play a weekend series at home UNC Wilmington comes to town.