It’s why he can’t help but make contact with an opposing player when sliding into a base.
It’s why he views each individual pitch as a competition in and of itself.
And it’s why, for the early part of his freshman year at least, he was loathe to do anything other than swing while at the plate.
“He’s got the football mentality. Hard-nosed, ‘I want to compete,’” Florida State assistant Mike Martin Jr. said. “And sometimes you feel like you’re not competing when you take a walk, but that’s winning baseball.”
That’s something that Stewart, a former two-sport star at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, has had to learn.
This will be the 7th straight year that the Seminoles have hosted a Super Regional, advancing to the College World Series 3 of the last 6 times. Florida State swept through regionals in dominating fashion and look to be playing the best baseball of all the remaining 16 teams.
The Indiana Hoosiers are making their first Super Regional appearance in school history after going undefeated as a host in their regional. Indiana becomes the first Big Ten institution to reach a Super Regional since Michigan went to Oregon State in 2007
This is just the 3rd time Indiana has ever made the postseason and did so by winning the Big Ten which is the rated 6th in RPI according to Warren Nolan. The Hoosiers had an opening game scare against Valparasio as they scored 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth inning which included a walk-off homerun for a 5-4 victory. From there they had little trouble dispensing of Austin Peay defeating them 15-6 and 6-1 in the final two games. Now for a quick look at the Hoosiers. Earlier in the week I wrote this article highlighting the Hoosiers as a team, in todays preview we will take a closer look at the individual players.
In a big spot with the bases full, it was logical for Brett Knief to second-guess his first home run at Florida State.
A full year removed from his last competitive home run, Knief’s grand slam propelled the Seminoles to an 11-4 win over Troy in the NCAA Regional final on Sunday.
The Seminoles to the NCAA Super Regionals for the sixth straight season, welcoming Indiana or Austin Peay to town with a spot in the College World Series on the line. With the sweep this year, Florida State has now won 19 straight regional games and the six straight super regionals is the longest streak in the nation.
Just outside the visitor’s bullpen at Dick Howser Stadium late Sunday afternoon, a father wearing a garnet-colored Florida State T-shirt leaned in close to ask his son a question.
“Do you want to tell that pitcher over there that he’s about to get lit up?” the dad asked, pointing at Troy freshman pitcher Levi Tate, who was warming up for his fourth career start.
The kid declined the offer.
It didn’t matter, though. While Tate was barely touched in his three-batter outing, three other Trojans pitchers were peppered with extra base hits and one long inning in an 11-4 Seminoles win during the Tallahassee Regional final.
Once again, Florida State is two wins away from the College World Series.
Brett Knief’s fourth-inning grand slam helped lift FSU to a 11-4 victory over Troy on Sunday afternoon, a win that completed an impressive three-game tear through the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.
The Seminoles will host the winner of the Bloomington Regional next week in what will be the sixth consecutive Super Regional held at Dick Howser Stadium.
For the first time all weekend, the Seminoles (47-15) had to overcome some adversity – but not too much.