Weekend Baseball: Road Trip to Tallahassee

With all of the ACC Basketball Tourney and NCAA Bubble talk going on, it could easily be missed that Wolfpack Baseball hits the road this weekend to Tallahassee to face the 2nd ranked Seminoles of Florida State in what could end up being the most important conference showdown of the season in the ACC’s Atlantic Division, and one of the most important nationally as well.

Week in Review

The Pack9 got off on the right foot in conference play last weekend, sweeping the 3 game home series vs ACC newcomer Notre Dame and moving back into the top 5 nationally.

They then hit the road to the sunshine state for a non-conference matchup vs Stetson Hatters…

No. 5 Pack Wins Sixth-Straight (GoPack.com)

Brett Austin led off and played second base, leading the Pack with a 2-for-4 performance including a run scored. Jake Fincher drove in a pair of RBIs during State’s third inning, his only hit in a 1-for-3 game with a run scored, two RBIs, a stolen base, and a walk.

Jake Armstrong contributed two RBIs as well in a 1-for-4 effort with a double. Bubby Riley drew three walks in a 1-for-1 game. John Mangum drew the start at catcher and went 1-for-2 with a double, two runs, and two walks. Trea Turner drove in the Pack’s first run in a 1-for-4 outing with a walk.

Andrew Woeck (3-0) claimed the win in 3 2/3 innings of relief, striking out six of 12 batters faced, holding the Hatters hitless with a walk. Patrick Peterson started and worked four innings, allowing one earned on four hits and three walks with six punchouts. Will Gilbert and Joe O’Donnell combined to pitch the final 1 1/3, limiting Stetson to one hit between them.

Box Score

With a staff ERA of 1.95 (#14 nationally, #1 ACC), and a WHIP of 1.01 (#16, #2), pitching continues to be a strength for the Pack.  Logan Jernigan and Brad Stone both added scoreless outings vs ND last weekend to their ’14 resumes, dropping their respective ERAs to 0.73 and 1.61.  For the weekend, the bullpen also held ND scoreless , btw.

In spite of giving up 3 runs and raising his ERA to 2.40 for the season, Carlos Rodon had enough in the tank to go the distance vs the Irish and get the win to even his record at 2-2.

fsu   Florida State Seminoles

14-2 (2-1 ACC), Last 10: 8-2, Streak: Won 3
2013: 47-17 (20-10 ACC)



The ‘Noles can hit (team avg of .304) and the ‘Noles can score, averaging more than 9 runs per game.

DJ Stewart (#8,SO,LF) – .393 avg, 3HR, 16RBI, 21 runs scored, 7 doubles, .679 slgpct, 8K/19BB
Jose Brizuela (#53,JR,3B) – .352 avg, 15RBI, 15 runs scored, 4 doubles, .463 slgpct, 7k/7BB
John Sansone (#12,So,2B) – .333 avg, 1HR, 14RBI, 16 runs scored, 5 doubles, .500 slgpct, 10K/13BB
Brett Knief (#25,SR,RF) – .320 avg, 1HR, 13RBI, 15 runs scored, 5 doubles, .480 slgpct, 8K/5BB
Ben DeLuzio (#21,FR,CF) – .293 avg, 15RBI, 10 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 16K/6BB, 6/6 SB.

OK, I’m getting depressed looking at the FSU offense so I’m gonna stop there.  Even their guys who don’t necessarily hit for average or power can still hit plenty good enough in the clutch and push runs across.  Pack pitching could get exposed this weekend to say the least.


FSU’s pitching is very solid with a staff ERA of 2.70.  Moreover, the ‘Noles generally don’t hurt themselves by giving up unearned runs.  On the year, they are averaging giving up only 3 runs per game total.

The Pack is likely to face these three starters this weekend:

Luke Weaver (#7,JR,RHP) – 3-1, ERA 2.25, against avg .209, 24K/6BB
Brandon Leibrandt (#37,JR,LHP) – 2-1, ERA 2.52, against avg .231, 21K/4BB
Mike Compton (#17,SO,RHP) – 2-0, ERA 1.42, against avg .138, 17K/4BB

Famous Jameis, part deux….

Let us not forget that Heisman Trophy winner and National Champion quarterback Jameis Winston (#44,SO,RHP) also knows how to throw a baseball now and again.  He’s been used mostly as the ‘Noles closer thus far in ’14 (ERA 1.17 in 7.2 IP, 3 saves, against avg .111, 6K/1BB), but gets the nod in right field some too, and here’s why….


Defensively the ‘Noles are solid, though Brizeula (3B) and Sansone (2B) can be counted on for a boot now and again.

ACC Standings

Atlantic Division
Conference Overall
rank schools W-L-T PCT W-L-T PCT
1.  NC State 3-0-0 1.000 14-2-0 .875
2.  Clemson 3-0-0 1.000 10-5-0 .667
3.  Florida State 2-1-0 .667 14-2-0 .875
4.  Wake Forest 2-1-0 .667 12-6-0 .667
5.  Maryland 1-2-0 .333 10-4-0 .714
6.  Boston College 0-3-0 .000 6-9-0 .400
7.  Notre Dame 0-3-0 .000 6-9-0 .400


Coastal Division
Conference Overall
rank schools W-L-T PCT W-L-T PCT
1.  Miami 3-0-0 1.000 10-7-0 .588
2.  Virginia 2-1-0 .667 12-3-0 .800
3.  North Carolina 2-1-0 .667 11-5-0 .688
4.  Georgia Tech 1-2-0 .333 9-7-0 .563
5.  Duke 1-2-0 .333 9-8-0 .529
6.  Pitt 1-2-0 .333 7-7-0 .500
7.  Virginia Tech 0-3-0 .000 6-8-1 .433

Elsewhere in the ACC this Weekend:

  • Pitt @ VT
  • BC @ UVa
  • ND @ Duke
  • Clemson @ Wake
  • Carolina @ UMd
  • Miami @ GT

Games Schedule – Probable Starters – TV

[UPDATE]Schedule change – Saturday doubleheader due to expected weather for Sunday.

  • Friday, 3/14 6pm – Carlos Rodon vs Luke Weaver – ESPN3
  • Saturday, 3/15 – Game One (1pm) -Logan Jernigan vs Brandon Leibrandt – ESPN3
  • Saturday, 3/15 – Game Two (approx 30 min after Game One) – Brad Stone vs Mike Compton – ESPN3


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    With all of the ACC Basketball Tourney and NCAA Bubble talk going on, it could easily be missed that Wolfpack Baseball hits the road this weekend to T
    [See the full post at: Weekend Baseball: Road Trip to Tallahassee]


    Is there anything to the names “Weaver” and “Leibrandt”? I’d settle w/2-3.


    I love my Pack athletics. These updates keep me interested and hopeful. Thank you!

    Admins – any chance we could get the Baseball Schedule on the sidebar like the BB and Football schedules? Or maybe an entire Page with all the schedules? I’ll help if help is needed.


    gopack says that the schedule has been changed to a doubleheader on Sat.



    Yep, looking like rain in Tallahassee for Sunday.
    Thanks for the heads up Va, will update the info in the entry.


    Is there anything to the names “Weaver” and “Leibrandt”? I’d settle w/2-3.

    Weaver, not as far as I know.
    Leibrandt, yes…Charlie’s son.

    I would be ecstatic with 2/3.


    Scoreless after 3.
    Rodon with 6Ks thru 3, but far from sharp so far.


    2-1 FSU after 5.
    Rodon laboring in spite of 10 Ks so far.


    FSU takes game one 6-1.


    In today’s early game, Pack takes an early 1-0 lead after 1.


    Roundtripper by FSU’s DeLuzio knots it up 1-1 after 3.


    FSU busts this one open in the 5th.

    5-1 FSU after 6.


    FSU prevails again, 8-2.
    Pack will go for the salvage in the nightcap.


    After taking a 1 run lead on the RBI single by Andrew Knizner (5 for 7, 3RBI), Pack gives up 2 in the bottom half, FSU takes the nightcap 9-8 in 13 innings to sweep the weekend.


    Today…was less than good.



    Softball dropped a doubleheader to FSU as well.

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