After Friday’s series opening 3-1 loss to Miami, I wrote about how the Florida State baseball team would need to resolve its issues against left-handed pitching, as they looked terribly awkward against Hurricanes southpaw starter Chris Diaz. After all, the ‘Canes were set to throw two more lefties against the ‘Noles on Saturday and Sunday.
But that was two days ago. And two games ago. And 23 runs ago. The second-ranked Seminoles dominated the weekend, pounding Miami by scores of 10-2 on Saturday and 13-6 this afternoon. The attack has been balanced, as no one player is carrying the load. Shortstop Justin Gonzalez, Left Fielder D.J. Stewart, First Baseman John Nogowski, and Center Fielder Ben DeLuzio each contributed a pair of RBIs for Florida State.
Mike Compton started the game on the mound for the ‘Noles. He was solid, giving up three runs in five innings. The bullpen cobbled together the final four innings and continues to present itself as a strong point of this team. Jameis Winston once again threw a shutdown ninth inning but did not get credit for a save, as the margin of victory was too large.
Next up for 8-1 FSU is a mid-week two-game series in Tampa against USF. They return to Tallahassee this weekend to open up ACC play against Maryland.