By: Alex Turko (@aturko_23)
Through their first 10 games, the Seminole baseball team’s success has been riding on many of the talented young hitters. With the bullpen hit with a preseason injury when ace right handed pitcher, Mike Compton, the success of the season was immediately shifted over to the batters.
When news broke that Compton would miss the entire season, I immediately feared that this decimated, inexperienced rotation would lead the Seminoles to an underachieving season. Luckily for the Noles, stud sophomore pitcher Brandon Leibrandt has an unblemished record, as does experienced senior Scott Sitz. Sitz currently has an impressive 0.00 era! Freshman quarterback/outfielder/closer, Jameis Winston has also been impressive in his utility role. Winston has recorded 2 saves this season, his most recent coming Saturday against Villanova. He will look to improve on his hitting, to go along with his versatile play from the pitchers mound.
Although the bullpen has produced some solid numbers this year, the hitting from newcomers Marcus Davis and D.J. Stewart has been even more impressive. Marcus Davis, who started his career at LSU before entering the JUCO ranks, has been lights out, leading the Noles in every batting statistic through 10 games. Davis has been the designated hitter and has 4 home runs to go along with his outstanding 15 hits. He has a .455 average from the plate and has propelled the Seminoles offense through out this young season.
Another newcomer that has been extremely productive in his debut season for Florida State has been Jacksonville’s own, D.J. Stewart. The Bolles graduate has missed the past three games with a minor injury, but before his injury he was batting an average of .320, and had 8 hits through his seven games. This freshman outfielder has brought plenty of excitement already in his young career and I’m looking forward to get him back in the lineup in the coming weeks.
The Seminoles will look to stay undefeated before they begin ACC play. Look for a host of youngsters to make or break the season with the productivity of their batting. If they continue their success, look for another run at the College World Series, but if their bats go cold, the season could go on a downward slope and not live up to the high standards set by the FSU team’s of the past.
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