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No. 21 FSU baseball vs. UNF game thread: Sunday double header, 11:00 AM

Bump day for freshman Carson Montgomery.

Florida State baseball will look to quickly bounce back from their opening day loss yesterday. FSU and UNF will play a double header today, starting at 11:00 AM. Here are the projected starters for the two games.

Sunday 2/21, 11:00 AM

Probable Starters: RHP Dominick Madonna vs. RHP Carson Montgomery

How to watch: ACC Network Extra

Montgomery is the highest rated pitcher to ever make it to Tallahassee. And the stuff shows every time he’s on the mound, but his composure won him this role. He will attack hitters with his mid-90’s fastball, which bores in on right-handed hitters. His breaking ball is a tight slider/slurve, at 81-83 MPH. He’s at his best when he’s landing that pitch. His changeup has made big strides since reaching campus and is a weapon against lefties. He also possesses a 88-91 MPH cutter which gives hitters fits. Messick spoke highly of Montgomery, saying, “He will go out on the field and I think he’ll dominate this season and it’ll be well deserved because he is one of the most humble kids I could ever talk to.”

Second-year freshman Dominick Madonna will get the game two nod for UNF. As a true freshman, Madonna struggled. He posted a 7.36 ERA in 11 IP, while walking eight and striking out seven. He gave up and opposing batting average of .302. The RHP stands just 5’11 and 184 pounds. He’ll work with a mid to high-80’s FB, and could scratch 90-91. His out pitch is a slider.

Starting lineup for game one:

Sunday 2/21, TBA

Probable Starters: TBD vs. RHP Conor Grady

How to watch: ACC Network Extra

Grady will bring the veteran presence to this rotation. Over three years at Florida State, the Tampa native has posted a 3.74 ERA in 108.1 innings pitched. He throws a sinking fastball at 89-92 MPH, which makes it hard for hitters to get the ball up in the air. He possesses a mid 80’s slider that can be dominant at times, but it can also flatten out at times. When he’s on with that pitch, he’s going to put together quality starts. He also throws an above average changeup in the low 80’s which is tough on left-handed hitters.

North Florida is yet to announce a starter for game two of the double header.

First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 AM from Dick Howser. The game will be broadcasted on ACC Network extra. We will have updates in the game thread below, and I’ll have updates on my twitter as well from the park (@brettpn).