LSU baseball CWS preview: What to expect from Florida State’s patient offense, dominant starting pitcher

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LSU baseball CWS preview: What to expect from Florida State’s patient offense, dominant starting pitcher

Jun 16, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; LSU Tigers pitcher Alex Lange (35) throws against Cal State Fullerton Titans during the seventh inning in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. LSU won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

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OMAHA, Neb. — When the LSU baseball team faces Florida State tonight, it’ll be matching up against a pitcher who doesn’t give up many hits and an offense that doesn’t leave anything to chance.

Florida State’s offensive scorebook reads like a lazy infielder’s dream. Of the eight teams in the 2017 College World Series, Florida State has the most walks, the most home runs and the second-most strikeouts. Florida State’s 380 walks aren’t just the most of any team in the tournament, they led the nation.

Team Walks Home Runs Strikeouts
Oregon State 279 29 343
Cal St. Fullerton 220 61 331
LSU 273 61 380
Florida State 380 72 503
TCU 339 57 502
Florida 292 50 448
Louisville 277 70 384
Texas A&M 244 52 515

Add in Florida State’s 88 hit-by-pitches, third-most among College World Series teams, and the Seminoles have posted an absurd 1,043 plate appearances in which the baseball never entered the field of play. That’s roughly 39 percent of the Seminoles’ plate appearances in 66 games this season.

In other words, almost 40 percent of Florida State’s at-bats end with the defense standing idly as the ball either sits in the catcher’s mitt or sails over their heads.

To LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri, Florida State’s national lead in walks presents the most direct challenge to LSU’s chances Saturday. In particular, the way Florida State extends at-bats could trap starting pitcher Alex Lange into throwing more pitches than he’s comfortable with.

“I just want to see Alex challenge the hitters more, not nibble on the corners but throw the ball over the white,” Mainieri said. “They’re not going to swing if you don’t throw strikes. They’ll…Read More

Lakeem Khodra
Lakeem Khodra
News Writer/Contributor at Tyranny News @lakeemk

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