Wake Forest Series Recap: No Crying In Baseball

Friday Final: FSU 0 WF 9

Saturday Final: FSU 13 WF 8

Sunday Final: FSU 2 WF 4

Florida State scuffled over the weekend to drop their first ACC series of the season to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Seminoles dropped two of three in North Carolina to fall to 23-11 overall on the season and 10-4 in the ACC. All things considered this was the worst possible scenario for Florida State baseball coming off of a huge series win against Louisville. The Seminoles are now 5-5 away from Dick Howser Stadium this season and that is especially concerning heading into postseason play. Let’s dissect exactly what went wrong and what went right this weekend.

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Jim Voyles 3.1IP 0H 0R 2BB 2K

Ed Voyles 4.0IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K

The consistent anchors for the Florida State bullpen all season returned to form over the weekend against Wake Forest. The Voyles brothers provided meaningful innings out of a bullpen that desperately needed the innings, Jim Voyles even earned the win on Saturday. It is nice to see the Voyles brothers anchor the staff over the weekend as the starting staff was unable to, yet again, and the bullpen continues to be overworked and overtaxed.

Jackson Lueck 4-11 6RBI

The freshman outfielder for the Seminoles continued his red-hot streak over the weekend as he had a hit in each game of the series. Jackson Lueck started each game this series and was even moved up to the 3-hole ahead of Cal Raleigh for the second and third game of the series. Lueck has been absolutely crushing the ball since he was moved into the starting lineup and he looks to continue his hot streak against Stetson this week.

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Drew Carlton 4.1IP 11H 8R 7ER 3BB 4K

The sophomore right-hander got roughed up during his outing on Saturday against the Demon Deacons. Drew Carlton has had ups and downs so far this season but Saturday was undoubtedly the low point of the season for him. He struggled to locate his pitches in the strike zone resulting in three walks and a multitude of very hittable pitches. Carlton is only getting singled out because his performance was the worst of the weekend, that is not to say that Mike Compton and Cole Sands pitched much better than Carlton. Florida State needs to get their starting pitching figured out quickly, and unfortunately there’s no easy fix. Tyler Holton hasn’t been much better as the fourth starter in the rotation but maybe Coach Mike Martin has something up his sleeve to shake up the rotation in the upcoming weeks.

Quincy Nieporte 1-11 

The struggles of designated hitter Quincy Nieporte continued this weekend against Wake Forest. Nieporte has been struggling all season to square up baseballs and get solid contact to hit line drives. He has been a bit unlucky as he has hit some balls hard but he has been unable to get much lift on the baseball. Nieporte is not exactly the most fleet of foot so ground balls are not his specialty, he needs to swing on an upward plane and drive baseballs to the gaps to be successful. Coach Martin seems committed to Nieporte so he should see plenty of at-bats but it will be interesting to see how many more opportunities he receives.


Florida State hosts Stetson on Tuesday 4/19 at 6PM and Wednesday 4/20 at 4PM.




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