Mike Martin has coached Florida State for 33 seasons and never started any of those previous years with more questions about his team.
The 68-year-old Seminole skipper replaced his longtime pitching coach following the 2011 campaign and rebuilt the team's pitching staff around two freshmen.
Brandon Leibrandt and Mike Compton haven't disappointed.
They outperformed just about anyone's wildest hopes with a combined 19-4 log heading into this weekend's best-of-three NCAA super regional against Stanford. Leibrandt went eight scoreless innings and Compton allowed just one earned run in six innings as they each notched wins over Samford last week to propel the Seminoles to their fifth straight super regional.
Florida State (46-15) hosts the best-of-three tournament starting Friday against a Stanford (41-16) and its ace, Mark Appel (10-1).