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Montgomery has best start as FSU routs UCF

Carson Montgomery threw a career-best seven innings, allowing two runs and striking out a season-best eight, as FSU routed UCF 10-2 on Tuesday night.

Montgomery (3-0) struggled to go deep in games as a freshman but pitched well into the middle innings on Tuesday. The sophomore right-hander now has 11 walks and 22 strikeouts in five starts in 2022.

“The strike percentage and the amount of misses and how big they are is what’s improving,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “And sometimes that effectively wild is beneficial but when they’re huge misses and they’re no-decision pitches, they don’t help you at all for the next pitch. So it’s making hitters think. They are going to worry about the cutter and curveball and sinker and change-up and everything. I’m pleased this progress.”

Jordan Carrion went 3 for 3 with an RBI double for FSU (14-6). The Seminoles broke open a scoreless game with a six-run fourth inning. James Tibbs had an RBI double, Alex Toral had a two-run homer, his sixth of 2022, and Reese Albert had a two-run double to put the game out of reach for the Seminoles.

Albert, Tibbs and Toral had two hits apiece for the Seminoles, who cranked out 12 hits. FSU struck out 13 times, including Logan Lacey’s four strikeouts (his 13-game hit streak was also snapped).

Gephry Pena had a solo home run in the seventh for UCF (13-8).

Montgomery’s prior career best was 5.2 innings against FGCU on March 8. He allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks with seven strikeouts that night. Montgomery also went deep into the game after a long Sunday doubleheader with 26 innings between the two games.

“It was big for sure — our bullpen was definitely fatigued over the weekend,” Montgomery said. “It was great to get through seven.”

Jonah Scolaro had two strikeouts in the ninth to give the Seminoles’ pitchers double digits in strikeouts in 19 of 20 games this spring.

Ferrer now has a hit in 11 straight games.

Box score: FSU 10, UCF 2

The FSU – UCF box score can be viewed here.

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Note that Wednesday’s UCF-FSU game has been postponed due to the forecast of rain in Tallahassee. FSU will now play host to Duke in a three-game series that begins on Friday at 7 p.m. (ACC Network). Games on Saturday and Sunday afternoon will stream on ACC Network Extra.