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Ferrer delivering big hits – and taking them, too

In what has been an up-and-down season for the Florida State baseball team, Jaime Ferrer’s freshman year has been a measure of consistency.

Ferrer leads FSU in batting average (.317), hits (63) and doubles (16) while his runs scored (35) and on-base percentage (.441) are tied for the team lead. He has also started all 54 games, the only Seminole to do so in 2022. A highly regarded freshman coming out of high school, Ferrer has delivered at the plate.

“I always like to bet on myself and I had that belief that if I do my job I can help the team win ballgames, and I’ll find a way,” Ferrer said. “… Having that discipline and really knowing the strike zone. I feel like ever since a young age I learned how to really distinguish what’s a ball and a strike. Reading the spin.”

Ferrer has developed a discerning eye early and he finished the regular season well at the plate. He hit 16 for 44 (.363) in May, reaching base in 12 of 13 games, going into the ACC Tournament opener against Virginia on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Ferrer’s 63 hits and 16 doubles are the most by an FSU freshman since Cal Raleigh had 69 hits and 16 doubles in 2016.

His on-base percentage, which is tied with Tyler Martin, is in part so high because he has been hit by a pitch 23 times, which is one off the single-season program record set by Jose Zabala in 1997.

“That really helps on-base percentage too,” Ferrer said. “You never know what can start a rally. I get up on the plate a lot. A lot of teams have tried pitching in on me and when you miss a little bit in and that’s why that number is so high. I’m not really afraid to get hit.”

Ferrer has had some big moments for the Seminoles this season. He began his career with a 10-game hit streak and had the game-winning home run in FSU’s 17-inning win over NC State on March 20. On May 15, Ferrer had a two-run home run and an RBI single in a 6-4 win over Miami. And on Monday, Ferrer was named to the ACC’s freshman team. 

“Obviously it’s a great accomplishment, something I think every freshman hopes to be on but there’s a bigger picture that we’re still fighting for and the season is not over yet,” Ferrer said. “I know the team isn’t going to give up. We’re going to give it our all and finish this season strong. I know this team has a lot of fight. We’re going to do our best to keep this season going and see how far it takes us.”