Despite being February, the Tallahassee weather brought an uncharacteristic chill in the air, as well as an not too familiar first half of the game between the Florida State Seminoles and Oakland Golden Grizzlies.
The score might not be the true indicator in how long this game stayed competitive, all though it was the Seminoles who nearly cost themselves the game early on. After committing three errors in the first, Florida State found themselves down by two runs before even taking their first at bat of the season.
But behind Mike Compton’s strong effort, the Seminoles clawed their way back into the game eventually taking command in the eighth on a Josh Delph grand slam, just the senior’s second home run at Florida State.
Florida State couldn’t solve redshirt senior lefty Jason Hagen, despite getting a runner on base in each of his four innings. Once he was pulled from the game, you could feel the game starting to slowly turn in the favor of the Seminoles.
While the rest of the offense took the first half of the game to get settled, reigning ACC player of the year D.J. Stewart picked up where he left off last season by going a perfect 3-for-3 to go along with two walks. The junior scored the go-ahead run, as well as got the team on the board in the fifth with a RBI double.
Much will be talked about the big arms in the ACC, but Compton showed just how effective he can be in his first opportunity to lead the weekend rotation. After a rough first inning by the defense behind him, Compton put them on his back and retired the final 15 batters he faced, including six by strikeout.
Tough Debut for freshmen
Florida State broke in a new left side of the infield with two true freshmen and after one game things can really only go up from here. Taylor Walls and Dylan Busby combined to go 0-7 at the plate with four strikeouts.
They each tallied a walk but struggled to put the bat on the ball. Busby’s first attempt in the field led was an overthrow to first baseman Quincy Nieporte, the second of three first inning errors.