You keep waiting for it, don’t you? The sputter. The off day. The game for which nobody looks prepared or even interested. But remember: this is a Mike Martin team.
Once again, FSU trailed. Down 4-3 halfway through the contest, you thought, alright, we had to lose sooner or later. Why not get it out of the way? But then, as has been the ‘Noles modus operandi of late, the Florida State bats woke up and the bullpen shut Georgia down. A 4-3 deficit wound up a 10-4 thumping.
Starting pitcher Brandon Leibrandt surrendered three runs in five innings, but the bullpen combined to give up just one more over the remaining four. Offensively, D.J. Stewart went yard to knock in two and Danny De La Calle batted in three more.
In typical Martin fashion, the Seminoles, now 6-0 and ranked between third and fifth in the country (depending on which poll you cite), continue to grind out at-bats and wear down opposing pitching staffs. They’re playing hard for nine full innings in every game, scrapping early and tacking on insurance runs late. They’ll look to sweep the Bulldogs out of Tallahassee on Sunday at 1 pm. The game will be aired on ESPN3.