TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida State returns its entire infield and a pair of preseason All-Americans in center fielder James Ramsey and first baseman Jayce Boyd.
There is little doubt that the Seminoles will have a loaded lineup and will be strong defensively.
But how FSU fares in 2012 will rest on the shoulders of the Seminoles young pitchers. FSU will use three freshmen and a sophomore as its top four starters, with freshman left-hander Brandon Liebrandt earning the opening day start on Friday against Hofstra at 4 p.m.
None of this rotation is sealed in concrete, but they have pitched well enough to deserve an opportunity, FSU coach Mike Martin said. Thats the way weve tried to do things at Florida State. Im anxious to see how they do this weekend.
Liebrandt will be the first true freshman to get the ball on opening day since Martin began coaching at FSU in 1980. As a senior last season at Alpharetta (Ga.) Marist High, Liebrandt went 13-0 with a 0.71 ERA and helped his team win i...