In what turned out to be a pitcher’s duel Florida State’s starting pitcher Brandon Liebrandt threw an impressive six innings in Florida State’s 4-1 victory over Niagara. He gave up zero runs on four hits and one walk. He also recorded five strike outs on 86 pitches. Gage Smith came in and pitched a clean seventh inning, but the Seminoles got into a little trouble in the eighth. Taylor Blatch gave up a walk and then a double, which put runners on second and third with no outs. Blatch gave up an infield single which scored Niagara’s first run of the game.
“I honestly don’t know how they are playing so well when they haven’t been able to practice at all outside,” Martin said. “I tip my hat to those guys.”
Head coach Mike Martin put in Jameis Winston to control the damage. Winston did a great job of getting out of trouble with a bunt, a grounder, and a fly out that prevented any more runs from scoring. Winston came back out pitched a clean ninth inning which ended in his first strikeout of the season. Winston was very excited to get back on the mound.
“It was just a fun situation for us,” Winston said. “We’re the Seminoles basically, we like situations like that. I actually got to work on something that we do in practice every day, fielding a bunt and getting the runner out at third. When you are a reliever you have to have that mentality. Just be relentless. You can’t fear anything.”
Brandon Liebrandt was the winning pitcher and Jameis Winston picked up his first save of the season.
Florida State had trouble getting the bats going today, but that didn’t stop them from putting men on base. Despite being out hit 6-3 the Seminoles put 15 men on base. There were six HBPs, six walks, and three hits. Brett Knief got the first of the game for the Seminoles in the sixth inning which scored Justin Gonzalez. Gonzalez finished 0 for 0 on the day with three HBPs and a walk. John Nogowski, D.J. Stewart, and Danny De La Calle all added RBIs as well.
Florida State hosts Niagara again on Sunday at 11:30 AM. The Seminoles clinched the series victory today after the 13-2 win on Friday. Mike Compton will get his first start since the 2012 season after suffering an elbow injury during the preseason last year.