Florida State will be without transfer first baseman Chris Marconcini for at least the next three weeks after having surgery on his knee, the length will be determined on the severity of the injury.
Marconcini spent the first part of his college career with Duke, starting 167 games for the Blue Devils over three years. The redshirt senior posted a .851 OPS which included 20 home runs and 43 doubles.
The Seminoles was looking for someone to emerge as a potential cleanup hitter as well as protection to the reigning ACC player of the year, D.J. Stewart. The junior led the conference in average (.351), on-base (.472), and slugging (.557).
Casey Smit and John Nogowski both filled in as protection behind Stewart last season, neither are with the team anymore, leaving a hole in the lineup.
That may now fall on community college transfer Quincy Nieporte, who is expected to start the season opener against Oakland University. Last year playing for Tallahassee Community College, Nieporte batted .374 and drove in 61 runs.
Florida State kicks off the season against Oakland (Michigan) University before playing the next four on the road, a mid-week game versus Jacksonville before taking on the Georgia Bulldogs next weekend in Athens, Georgia.