Two-way star and potential No. 1 draft pick Brendan McKay (8-3, 1.80 ERA.; .372/.488/.703) paces Louisville, but Martin sees talent across the roster.
“I don’t see any weaknesses,” he said. “They’ve got good starting pitching. They’ve got experience, they’ve got power. … They’re a team that is probably enjoying the best year of any team in the last 20 (years). I just don’t know of anybody that has done what they’ve done in one year. I mean, 46-and-(7) … they’re a talented club.”
FSU dropped a pair of one-run games to No. 20 Wake Forest last weekend, but prior to that had been riding a five-game winning streak.
The Seminoles, who were ranked No. 1 earlier this season, are confident that they still have the pieces to challenge the Cardinals and, later, make some noise in the postseason.
That more than half of their losses have come by two or fewer runs suggests that they may be right.
No surprise then that they’re treating this trip to Louisville as a test, but also as an opportunity.
“It’s going to be a challenge, but we’re definitely excited for it, and we’re going to have to make something happen,” said sophomore Tyler Holton, who earlier this week became the first Seminole to earn four ACC pitcher of the week honors in the same season.
“We’ve just got to get over that hump. And hopefully this weekend is the one that we do it.”
If they can do that, then the entire complexion of the season could change at the perfect time.
Martin, in his 37th year at the helm, has seen it happen before. The calendar inches toward June and everything that led up to that point – whether good or bad – starts to feel further away.
“This is an exciting time of year for everybody,” Martin said. “You don’t know what the future holds. You don’t know what’s going to happen. You just know that you need to continue to battle, stay tough, believe in the guy next to you and see what happens.”