Mike Bell can’t quite remember a season like the one that Florida State just finished. Bell, who just finished his first season as FSU’s pitching coach, admitted he doesn’t have the longest tenure among baseball coaches, but he’s still never been a part of a team that relied so heavily on freshman arms.
“I can’t remember, when I say my short coaching period, I can’t remember freshmen contributing that much,” Bell said Wednesday in the Florida State dugout.
That’s not to say it didn’t work out well for Bell and the Seminoles’ pitching staff. Behind first-year standouts Brandon Leibrandt (8-3, 2.82 ERA) and Mike Compton (12-2, 2.87 ERA), FSU finished with a team ERA of 3.47 that ranked fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference and a solid .251 opponents’ batting average.