When Florida State’s baseball schedule came out, the April stretch of weekend series against Clemson, Virginia and Wake Forest appeared to be critical toward the big picture of the 2019 season.
But for an FSU team that was in a rut, even this was unexpected: the Seminoles won all three series and are 9-2 in their last 11 games.
Here are three quick thoughts on the Seminoles, who are now 28-15 and 14-10 in the ACC.
Parrish is pitching like an ace again: The junior left-hander tossed seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and giving up a walk while striking out 10 hitters. He improved to 6-3 and his ERA is down to 3.99.
Parrish has been nothing short of impressive in his last three starts in which he hasn’t allowed an earned run in 21 combined innings. He also has a 28-to-4 strikeout to walk ratio.
Albert stays hot: Reese Albert returned for the Virginia series and has been a consistent bat. He is 12 for 31 (.387) with 10 runs and seven RBI since his return from a shoulder injury.
Mendoza continues resurgence: Drew Mendoza was hot to start the year, then cold and now is smashing the ball. He went 5 for 11 with five RBI and five runs scored in the series against Wake. Mendoza’s batting average is back up to .289, and he leads the team in home runs (13), runs (39) and on-base percentage (.470). He’s also second in RBI (39) to Robby Martin (40).
Sundays are a struggle: Conor Grady had been FSU’s most versatile pitcher and was effective as a starter or reliever. But on Sunday he gave up four earned runs in three innings. Shane Drohan, who had been the No. 3 starter, faced six batters and allowed three walks while striking out two and giving up an earned run. It wasn’t a good day for any of FSU’s eight pitchers as they collectively allowed 14 walks. Ugly.
Next up: There is no midweek game as the Seminoles have exams this week. FSU plays host to Pittsburgh and former pitching coach Mike Bell with a three-game series that begins on Friday at 6 p.m.