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Georgia Tech/Florida Recap: Movin’ On Up

Friday Final: FSU 8 GT 2

Saturday Final: FSU 14 GT 9

Sunday Final: FSU 8 GT 3

Tuesday Final: FSU 0 UF 6

Florida State opened up ACC play this past weekend in impressive fashion. The Seminoles made quick work of a very talented Georgia Tech team that traveled to Tallahassee over the weekend. Florida State did scuffle during their midweek game, dropping it to the #1 ranked Florida Gators, but that should not diminish their impressive showing against the Yellow Jackets. The theme this week for the Seminoles is that with the sweep of Georgia Tech they moved up in almost every poll. Jumping from 15 to 11 in the Perfect Game poll, from 15 to 13 in the Baseball America poll, from 11 to 8 in the NCBWA poll, and from 15 to 11 in the D1 Baseball poll.

Trending Upward:

IF Dylan Busby 8-16 2HR 6RBI

The Seminoles’ first baseman had been on an absolute tear over the past four games, going an even .500 and playing solid defense as well. Busby showed his out of the park power for the first time this season hitting home runs in back to back games against Georgia Tech. Busby has solidified himself as a potent hitter throughout the early part of the season in terms of batting average and gap power. Now that he has shown the power is here for the 2016 season he has added yet another potent bat to the Florida State lineup that has been dominant in the early part of the season. He had a tough game in the field against Florida but has otherwise been sure handed with the glove at first base thus far.

IF John Sansone 10-17 HR 4RBI 5R

The John Sansone Destruction Tour did not stop against Georgia Tech or against the best pitching staff in the country in Florida. Sansone is now hitting a clean .471 on the season after being a force in the 2-hole over the majority of the weekend. He had at least two hits in every game and has been scoring a bunch of runs, thanks in part to his teammates behind him driving him in. Sansone, as we mentioned, has been outstanding at the dish this season, but it is important to remember that he will most likely not finish the season hitting near .500. Sansone will likely slump at some point, especially with the talent of ACC pitching, but he has delivered a spectacular first few series and will likely continue to be a vital part of the lineup going forward.

RHP Chase Haney W (1-0) 4.2IP 2H 0R 1BB 2K

Coach Mike Martin mentioned, after Chase Haney’s victory on Saturday night, that Haney had become one of the most valuable pieces of the Florida State bullpen. Haney also mentioned that the turning point for him this season was his outing against St. John’s in which he was asked to come in to face one batter and struck that batter out. He has become an invaluable piece for this Seminole bullpen so far this season. He has a very deceptive 3/4 delivery from the right side along with a fastball with a lot of movement and a slider that drops off the plate. Going forward he will most likely be one of the first men out of the bullpen in tight situations and he can pitch for one batter or for multiple innings an outing.

Trending Downward:

DH Quincy Nieporte 2-16

These past few games have been games to forget for Quincy Nieporte. The junior from Georgia has struggled at the plate and has looked generally uncomfortable at bat. A lot of his balls have been hit into the ground, albeit hard, as he has been victimized by double plays. While his at bats might have looked uncomfortable, he also been driving the ball pretty well. I, subjectively, counted at least four or five plays that were plus plays by the defense that normally drop for hits. We will see where he goes from here but it’s hard to believe that he will struggle like this the rest of the way out, look for Nieporte to bounce back against Pittsburgh this upcoming weekend.

RHP Drew Carlton 3.1IP 10H 5R 5ER 0BB 3K

The only starter to have a poor performance against Georgia Tech over the weekend was starter Drew Carlton. He gave up a lot of hard contact and allowed ten hits against the Jackets. There wasn’t anything in particular that looked wrong with Carlton, he was hitting the strike zone, it just looked that his fastball was the only pitch that was working. He should bounce back going forward, but it will be concerning if he cannot have his secondary pitches be effective and thrown for strikes.

LHP Tyler Holton L (0-1) 3.oIP 5H 4R 3ER 2BB 4K

I will attest that Tyler Holton did not pitch poorly against Florida on Tuesday night, he just made one two many mistakes. He gave up two home runs in three innings pitched, the first home run was on a mistake fastball that was too middle of the plate. The second home run, to Peter Alonso, was a pretty good changeup located on the inner half of the plate. The problem with the changeup was that it was just a bit too high right on the lower part of the knee. Alonso crushed it over the left field fence and Holton was on the victim end of a good piece of hitting. Going forward I expect Holton will be fine, his stuff is still outstanding and in particular his curveball against Florida, I just hope his confidence will be unharmed.

 

Florida State travels to Pennsylvania to take on Pittsburgh this weekend.

Vinnie Cervino
Lead Baseball Writer, Perpetually Pessimistic Sport Fan, Proprietor of My Own Delusions and Fallacies, 80 Grade Takes. Twitter @cervino_vinnie.

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