Before beating Duke on Sunday, the Seminoles slogged through their first four-game losing streak in nearly a year. The last one, in 2015, came against the likes of Louisville and Clemson, two of college baseball’s heavyweights.
This year’s skid, however, was at the hands of two Atlantic Sun Conference opponents (Jacksonville and Florida Gulf Coast) and a Duke team that sits near the bottom of the ACC standings.
So, if ever there was a great time to face the No. 3 team in the country, this seemingly would not be it.
Then again, Martin has coached through 35 years’ worth of these games, and several more as an FSU player and assistant coach.
He’s seen enough to know there’s no reason to wave the white flag. FSU owns a 149-124-4 all-time record against the Hurricanes and has won four of the last five meetings.
“It’s a fun series,” he said. “It’s one that there have been some things that have happened that you wouldn’t believe. But it’s fun.”
That doesn’t mean Martin wouldn’t like to see his club play better than it has recently.
In fact, that’s all he really wants.
The Seminoles of late have been undone by a series of miscues – both in the field and on the base paths – and are still searching for a string of quality starts from their pitchers.
If they can show signs of progress in any of those areas, Martin says he’ll be pleased regardless of how the actual games shake out.
“I really look at this series as one (where) we just want to play well,” Martin said “We just want to go out and, if we get beat, “(we know) the other team beat us. We didn’t give extra outs. We made quality pitches when we needed to make them. We competed hard.
“That’s where we are at this point in the season, because that’s where you want to be when you get to the ACC and the regional tournament.”
Postseason play begins next week with the ACC tournament in Durham, N.C.
Compton a ‘question mark,’ rotation unchanged
Right-handed pitcher Mike Compton will miss his second straight start, but Martin said that the fifth-year senior could potentially pitch in a relief role this weekend against Miami.
Compton (5-3, 4.17 ERA) is dealing with tendonitis but has thrown in practice this week and is reportedly feeling better.
“He said he threw better than he did the other day, pain free. But it’s still a question mark,” Martin said. “If he went, it would probably be in relief this weekend. Then we would make a decision for the ACC tournament.”
In Compton’s absence, the Seminoles will go with the same rotation they used at Duke. Sophomore Drew Carlton (6-3, 4.24 ERA) will start Thursday’s game, followed by freshman Cole Sands (4-5, 4.08) on Friday and Ed Voyles (1-1, 2.81) on Friday and Saturday.
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