After suffering their first loss of the season on the road against Jacksonville, the Florida State Seminoles head to Athens, Georgia for their first weekend road series of the year.
Waiting for them will be a Georgia Bulldogs team that bullied Easter Illinois out of town, outscoring them 39-6. As an entire unit, the Bulldogs combined to bat .397, and slugged .724%.
Mike Compton (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the nod for the series opener, as expected but if the ‘Noles are expected to come out of Athens with a series win it will be up to the rest of the weekend rotation to hold down the Georgia offense and give the offense a chance to stay in the game.
Sophomore transfer Boomer Biegalski (0-0, 3.60 ERA) shined in his Seminole debut, as the local product pitched five innings of two run baseball while striking out nine batters.
He will need his fastball/changeup mix that aided in him striking out nine Oakland batters to keep the slugging Bulldogs off balance. Without an overpowering fastball, Biegalski will need to hit his spots better than his first spot as he left some pitches over the plate that Oakland was able to turn on him.
Biegalski showed the ability to work out of a jam, after allowing runners on first and second in the fourth with no outs, the righty got two strikeouts and a pop out to get out of the inning unscathed.
While Biegalski pitched at Tallahassee Community College last year, Cobi Johnson was pitching at JW Mitchell High School a year ago. Johnson rounded out the weekend in style, throwing five shutout innings and only allowed two hits while striking out six batters.
The freshman took advantage of batters by jumping ahead in the count early in the game, rolling through the Oakland offense.
Georgia’s offense got off to a great start in their opening series, hitting for 21 extra base hits (FSU have 16 in four games), and if the Seminoles are going to win the series they will need a big contribution from their young backend of the weekend rotation.