The Seminoles (43-16) are coming off their first regional opening round loss since 2008 and now have their backs against the wall on their home field for what could be four-straight elimination games if they want to advance to the super regionals. That all starts this afternoon at 1pm in the highly anticipated game vs. ‘Bama (34-23).
The Seminoles simply had no run support last night vs. Georgia Southern and they were dominated by Southern pitcher Sam Howard who threw a two-hit complete game shut out against the ‘Noles (only the second time this season they have been shut out). Mike Compton was knocked out of the game in the second allowing 2-runs on 26 pitches in 1.1 innings of work. Plain and simple FSU obviously overlooked their opponent and now they are paying the price this afternoon with their season on the line.
The Seminoles should find some comfort in the fact they are sending out their All-American ace Luke Weaver (8-3, 2.66 ERA) this afternoon against Crimson Tide lefty Justin Kamplain (6-3, 3.07 ERA). Weaver pitched last Saturday in a landmark win vs. Virginia, he has big game experience and Florida State will simply need his best this afternoon because we don’t know when or if the offense is going to show out after last night’s outing.
Simply put, it’s win or go home for the Seminoles this afternoon, they have worked out of this situation before, back in 2008 when they lost to Bucknell in the opening game and then won four-straight to advance to the super regionals and eventually Omaha. If the Seminoles win they will face the loser of the Kennesaw State-Ga Southern game Sunday afternoon in another elimination game.