FSU Baseball (15-9, 10-8 ACC) returned to the column with North Carolina dominance on Sunday.
It was a major win for the Noles, who dropped a streak against Wake Forest below 500 last week. A win from behind against Mercer and two out of three wins against North Carolina, however, confidently put the Noles in a good position.
The Noles are the only ones in third place in the ACC-Atlantic, with the chance to reduce the distance to the Cardinals and at the same time further improve their RPI rating.
The Noles compete in Jacksonville on Tuesday before heading to the top 10 in Louisville (18-8, 10-4 ACC).
The FSU currently ranks 52nd in the RPI rankings, Louisville 56th.
Louisville is one of the best teams in the country but with a 13-3 home record they are at home with no lights.
The Noles couldn’t afford to lose a streak to a North Carolina-caliber (No. 64 RPI) team before such a tough matchup hit the streets next week.
FSU Baseball already holds victories against Florida and Miami, which are ranked 18th and 37th according to the RPI.
The FSU has found consistency since the Pittsburgh series (number 24 in the RPI), but seemed to be playing on a different level against rivals Florida and Miami.
After Tuesday’s game against Jacksonville, they are in the middle of their regular season. The rest of their schedule will include conference games against Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Boston College and NC State.
Only Clemson and Notre Dame are ahead of the noles currently on the RPI, but they will get another chance to beat Florida on the road.
If the noles can win the rest of their non-conference games and their remaining conference series, they should have a solid reputation for seeding in the ACC tournament and college postseason.
You have the pitching to compete with everyone and the defense seems to be more consistent. The key will be the consistency of the FSU offense.