I was surprised to see that Florida State still holds down Baseball America's number one spot in the rankings when they were released this morning. I saw Florida State play this weekend and they did not look like a team that is worthy of the #1 spot. In Friday's game, Boston College held a 5-4 lead heading into the ninth inning before a throwing error by the shortstop allowed the Seminoles to score to take the lead and then hold on for a 6-5 win. FSU's most impressive win came on Saturday by a 6-3 score. The Seminoles looked pretty good that day, but there was nothing about them that made you feel that you just watched the nation's number one team play. On Sunday, B.C. beat FSU by a score of 17-5. Strange things happen in baseball, but top-ranked teams don't usually lose a game in a weekend series by such a lopsided score - especially not to one who entered the contest at 4-13 in the ACC. Working in Florida State's favor is the fact that there is no other clear-cut candidate for the top spot in the rankings. Currently, there are three FSU players on CCBL rosters. Brandon Leibrandt (Brewster) started the game on Friday and gave up 3 earned runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 5.2 innings. It was the third time in his last four starts that Leibrandt (3-1; 2.68 ERA) did not factor in the decision. Peter Miller (Hyannis) started on Sunday but if you arrived to the game a few minutes late, you missed him. Miller faced just 6 batters, gave up a hit, walked 3, threw two wild pitches and allowed 3 runs before he was yanked. Luke Weaver (Brewster) pitched three innings in relief on Sunday and allowed two hits, walked one, hit a batter, and gave up 3 runs (only one earned.)
Two former Cape Leaguers pace the Seminoles offense. Jayce Boyd (Orleans) leads the team in batting with a .393 avg. and RBI with 39. Boyd has a .993 OPS. James Ramsey (Yarmouth-Dennis) is second in batting at .380 and has a team-leading 9 homeruns. Ramsey has an outstanding .500 OBP and a 1.205 OPS.
Former Y-D Red Sox Robert Benincasa is having a very good season for the Noles. He picked up his 10th save in Saturday's win. Benincasa is 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA and has a 32/5 K/BB ratio in 22.2 innings. Opponents are batting just .152 off him.
In a non-Cape League note, FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher may want to scout the baseball team. The winning pitcher on Saturday, senior RHP Hunter Scantling, stands 6'8" and weighs 270 lbs. If Scantling has any eligibility left, he looks like a perfect TE or DE.
Checking in on the Boston College players who we may be seeing on the Cape in a couple months.... Centerfielder Tom Bourdon (Chatham) had been struggling a bit at the plate but may have gotten back on track this weekend. Bourdon homered on Friday and followed that up with his eighth homer on Sunday as part of a 4-for-6 day with 3 RBI. Bourdon is now batting .327 with a .939 OPS. Chatham's Eric Stevens (4-2; 5.85 ERA) is the Eagles Friday starter. The opposition is batting .289 off Stevens and he has walked 25 in 47.2 IP. Reliever Matt Alvarez (Hyannis) is 2-3 with a 5.55 ERA. Alvarez has struggled with his control, having issued 26 walks and hitting 7 batters in 24.1 IP. Outfielder Matt McGovern (Y-D) is hitting .278 with a homer and 15 RBI. Catcher Matt Pare (Y-D, temp.) is at .253/2/19. Hunter Gordon (Y-D, temp.) has started 8 games and is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA. Although he is the Eagles number two starter, Gordon has struggled with a .292 OBA and has walked as many (25) as he has struck out in his 47.1 innings of work.