Midweek Recap: No-Hit Wonder

Tuesday Final: FSU 12 USF 4

Wednesday Final: FSU 3 UT 2

Florida State took care of business this week as they went 2-0 during their midweek games. Florida State soundly defeated South Florida on Tuesday as the offense came alive to crush the Bulls pitchers. Wednesday was a different story as the Seminoles won for the first time this season while scoring less than eight runs. Florida State only scored three runs as they might have been caught looking ahead to the opening of ACC play this weekend. The Seminoles won on a walk-off single in the ninth inning, even though Toledo has only one victory this season. The close victory was no fault of the pitchers however, as the pitchers combined to surrender no earned runs and Cole Sands, Cobi Johnson, and Jim Voyles combined to throw a no-hitter against the rockets on Wednesday night.

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 The three pitchers who threw on Wednesday were dominant in their approaches on Wednesday night. Most impressive was Jim Voyles who led the team in strikeouts that night and held the Rockets in check in order for the Seminoles to come back and defeat Toledo in the bottom of the ninth. Thanks to Voyles, and the pitching staff that night in general, Florida State has two more victories under their belts and can head toward ACC play with momentum.

Hank Truluck 1-3 HR 3RBI

The Florida State utility infielder hit his first home run of the season on Tuesday night, piling onto the big lead they had amassed in Tampa. Truluck’s key plate appearance on Wednesday was the sacrifice bunt that moved Darren Miller into scoring position. In limited playing time this season Truluck has only committed one error and is the back up middle infielder behind Taylor Walls and Matt Henderson. Going forward if Truluck is able to hit on a consistent basis and play serviceable defense, he will be a huge asset to Coach Mike Martin as he can afford to give Walls and Henderson more days off if they need them.

Matt Henderson 3-6 2RBI 3R .667OBP

The starting second baseman for the Seminoles had a bit of a rebound week after struggling to open up the season with the bat. As I noted last week, Henderson has been consistent in his ability to reach base via walk or hit and this week was no exception as he reached base in six out of nine plate appearances. He picked up three hits this week and can be a valuable offensive asset at the bottom of the lineup going forward. Coach Martin initially mentioned that Henderson was in the mix for the lead off spot, that position eventually went to Ben DeLuzio to start the season and is now occupied by Walls, and by moving Henderson to the 9-hole Coach Martin has speed at the top and bottom of the lineup.

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This point should probably be about the Florida State infield defense in general, but Walls made the two errors that cost the team runs and gave the pitchers unearned runs. Against Toledo specifically, Walls had a two out throwing error that would have ended the inning. Instead the Rockets brought two runs in even though they finished the game without a hit. Florida State’s outfield defense has only had one error with the infield committing 19 so far this season. Walls is tied for second on the team in errors with four. The Seminoles need to shore up the infield defense as better teams will be able to capitalize on the errors more often. Florida State opens up ACC play this weekend and Georgia Tech will make them pay for errors.

Quincy Nieporte

Nieporte doesn’t crack this list because of performance, he actually had a monster game against South Florida on Tuesday, but because after opening the season suspended he is now injured. Nieporte is one of Florida State’s biggest bats in the lineup and they will need him as they open ACC play against Georgia Tech this weekend. Hopefully Nieporte will be back shortly, but if he can’t play look for Jackson Lueck and Donovan Petrey to get playing time as well as for Cal Raleigh to see time at designated hitter to rest his legs if need be.

Hitting with RISP

Florida State struggled mightily to drive in runners who were in scoring position as they went 3-15 against South Florida and 2-8 against Toledo. The Seminoles have not had a problem getting the runners on base, either through base on balls or hits, but they have had trouble driving them in. Those numbers are pretty high and won’t get it done against tougher ACC opponents as the season progressed. Numbers with RISP are indicative of a team’s overall hitting prowess and are often factors of luck too. We will see as the season goes on how good of a hitting team Florida State is, because if they perform up to their capability those numbers should bounce back very shortly.

Florida State hosts Georgia Tech this weekend 3/11-3/13.

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