Tallahassee, FL - The Florida State Seminoles baseball team jumped out to an early lead in the first inning and never looked back in a midweek blowout of Bethune-Cookman, 10-1. Starter David Barrett for FSU sat down the Wildcats in order to start off the game and the Seminoles pounced early in their half of the inning with a solo shot by Cam Smith.
Oppo- Tuesday for Cam!— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) March 7, 2023
He goes deep for the 4th time this year
B1 | BCU 0, FSU 1 pic.twitter.com/ZliISaT6Gq
After James Tibbs walked, sophomore Jamie Ferrer brought him home with a double to left. From there, the Seminoles were on cruise control. All nine starters picked up a hit in the win and in total, three Seminoles connected for homeruns in the rout. Barrett struggled in the third but the array of FSU pitchers that followed kept BCU off the board until the ninth.
FSU bats come to play
The FSU offense showed up in a big way tonight, and as mentioned above, all starters picked up a hit. In addition to that stat, nine different players picked up an RBI and the Seminoles picked up seven extra-base hits.
The bullpen shuts it down
If you’ve read the baseball threads so far this year, you know that the bullpen has been much discussed. The arms have been unreliable and have struggled to close out even the largest of leads. Tonight was a different story for the Seminole arms. FSU sent five pitchers out in relief and their total stat line was 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 7 K. The highlight was Jamie Arnold with two scoreless innings and three punch outs.
James Tibbs and Colton Vincent stay hot
Tibbs and Vincent combined line tonight: 4-for-5, 3 RBIs, 1 HR, 1 triple, 2 doubles. That’s all I am saying, just look at the stat line.
Bonus up: No errors for the Seminoles!
Barrett loses control
Starter David Barrett started the game with six up, six down and then the third inning happened. After beginning the inning with a full count strikeout, Barrett would walk the next two batters in counts that were not even close (4-0, 4-1). Coach Link Jarrett and staff would have loved to see their midweek starter give the pen a rest.
As well as the Florida State offense showed out tonight, it could have been better. The Seminoles struck out 10 times in total and struggled in the early innings with off speed pitches from the Wildcats. FSU has had double-digit strike outs in multiple games this year and will need to continue to cut back on the hacks as the season progresses.
Game Preview: After a rough week dropped the ‘Noles (8-3) five spots in the polls FSU looks to start stringing some wins together. The Seminoles have dropped three of their last five but were able to salvage the series against FGCU to get back on the right side of the ledger. Now they welcome a Bethune-Cookman (8-4) that has won their last two games.
Thus far redshirt sophomore pitcher David Barrett has struggled quite a bit but this is a good game for him to, hopefully, get right. The Seminole pen needs to quickly develop arms as fast as it can and maybe he can get a bit of confidence against a team that should be overmatched. However, this is baseball and any team can beat any other team on any given day.
Florida State vs Bethune-Cookman: How to watch, starting pitchers
Tuesday 5:00 PM
FSU: RHP David Barrett (0-0, 10.13 ERA)
USF: RHP Marcos Gamboa (0-0, 3.86 ERA)
Up Next: FSU starts ACC play and welcomes home alumnus Mike Bell as they host the Pitt Panthers.