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Notes: FSU bullpen taxed going into critical UNC series

Florida State has had the pitching depth to overcome short starts on Sunday against Miami and Tuesday against Florida, but a worn-out bullpen and condensed schedule could make for a challenging series that begins on Thursday at RPI No. 22 North Carolina.

FSU (32-19) has a resume that features 10 weekend series wins, including a sweep of RPI No. 9 Louisville and claiming two of three over RPI No. 12 Miami last weekend. And with every regular season win against a highly regarded team impacting the RPI, the Seminoles may need a strong finish if they look to secure a national seed and regional host.

Carson Montgomery started on Sunday but lost his control in the second inning and was pulled after 1.2 innings. Jonah Scolaro tossed 1.1 innings and Ross Dunn pitched five innings, allowing just a run in the 6-4 win. On Tuesday at Florida, Jackson Baumeister had chances to pitch through a shaky third inning but was also wild and pulled after 2.2 innings (he gave up four earned runs). Scolaro pitched 4.1 innings, allowing just two hits and an earned run with a career-high seven strikeouts although UF later walked off with a 7-5 win. It was Scolaro’s 24th appearance of 2022 and his 116th career appearance, with 114 out of the bullpen (second most in Division I).

The Seminoles will start Montgomery on Thursday, followed by Parker Messick on Friday and Bryce Hubbart on Saturday. It’s a rotation that had to be re-arranged due to last Friday’s rainout as well as the early start to the UNC series. Ideally, Montgomery has a longer outing, while Messick and Hubbart can go deep into games with long relief options like Wyatt Crowell and Dunn rested to jump into relief roles in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Regional host projections

Two of the largest national websites that cover college baseball are split on regional projections when it comes to Florida State. D1baseball.com views FSU as the No. 12 national seed and hosting a four-team regional that also includes Georgia, Coastal Carolina and College of Charleston. Baseball America has FSU as a No. 2 seed at a regional hosted by Texas Tech, which is projected as the No. 9 national seed (Grand Canyon and Maine are the other teams in the Lubbock Regional). The complete field of 64 will be announced on May 30 with regionals to begin on June 4.

Up next

The FSU – UNC series begins on Thursday at 6 p.m., a day earlier to build in added rest ahead of next week’s ACC Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. All FSU – UNC games will stream live on ACC Network Extra.