The impact that Florida State pitching coach Mike Bell had during his first full year on campus is undeniable.
With pitching easily being the team’s biggest question mark coming into the year, the Seminoles (50-17) finished the season with a 3.47 ERA, the lowest for FSU since 2003. FSU pitchers totaled 498 strikeouts to just 228 walks, gave up 231 earned runs – the lowest since 2007 – posted a record of 13-3 in one-run ball games, and were 44-2 on the year when leading after six innings.
“It was very enjoyable. It was a good run,” Bell said. “They were great, great and I’ll say it again great student athletes to coach. You had leaders in the clubhouse, you had older guys teaching younger guys, you had younger guys picking up older guys. It’s just a fun group to be around.”