FSU Baseball (5-3, 0-0 ACC) host the California Golden Bears on Friday night to begin a three-game series. The Noles suffered their second consecutive overtime loss in their last outing against Mercer.
California (5-3, 0-0 Pac-12) comes into the game after a 6-2 win over No. 23 Sacramento State and also holds a win over No. 17 TCU.
The California batters are hitting .282 with a .372 on-base percentage and have homered 10, 19 doubles and two triples.
California pitchers enter the contest with a 3.58 ERA, with opposing teams batting .230, with 81 strikeouts and 30 walks in 73 innings. They allowed six homers.
Defensively, California has seven errors in eight games for a .978 fielding percentage.
FSU baseball pitchers enter the contest with an ERA of 2.58, opposing teams batting .187, with 111 strikeouts and 30 walks in 73.1 innings.
FSU hitters are hitting .318 with a .402 on-base percentage and have eight home runs, 21 doubles and four triples.
Defensively, FSU has nine errors in eight games for a .970 field percentage.
key to victory
FSU baseball will pitch its usual starting pitchers, even though this is not a conference weekend series. They’ll have the edge because the Golden Bears haven’t faced anyone like Parker Messick and Bryce Hubbart. Their offense hits a ton, similar to ‘Noles’ offense, and has a few guys with multiple homers. FSU will have to play with the same intensity on Sunday as with Messick and Hubbart on the mound in the first two games.
FSU’s batters have done a good job getting hits, but continue to bat at an alarming rate while leaving runners on base (last 10 games). Pitching staff should control most offenses, but scoring a few runs per game leaves little room for error.
Defensively, FSU must be better as they allowed two on an error and passed the ball in the last game. The first pitch will take place at 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the ACC network.