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Carson Montgomery back on the bump for the Seminoles.

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Florida State baseball will look to carry their hot streak back to Dick Howser Stadium, as they start an eight-game home stand with a midweek contest against UCF tonight. The Seminoles are riding a five-game win streak and have won eight of their last ten, all against top-20 competition. The Knights are coming off back-to-back series wins and carry a 9-10 record to Tallahassee.

The Seminoles team average is up to .258, up .29 from the start of the last week. The ‘Noles are top-50 in the country with 20 homers. FSU’s pitching staff is top 20 in the nation in four major categories: 8th in H/9 (6.37), 9th in K/9 (11.8), 12th in ERA (2.76),and 19th in WHIP (1.16). After an error free weekend, the Seminoles FLD% sits at .971.

The Knights have been carried by their offense this season. At the plate, UCF is hitting .266 and putting up a remarkable .442 slugging percentage. They’ve slugged 27 homers in 19 games. On the mound, UCF has posted a 4.72 ERA. The Knights have also allowed a .259 average and 20 homers against.

FSU is 37-7 all time against the Knights. UCF took the last matchup, a 9-7 win in Tallahassee in 2019.

Wednesday 3/24, 6:00 PM

Probable Starters: RHP Kenny Serwa (3.86 ERA, 7.0 IP) vs. RHP Carson Montgomery (1.86 ERA, 9.2 IP)

How to watch: ACC Network

Carson Montgomery flashed his high level stuff on a consistent basis against the Gators. Montgomery used his fastball, changeup, and slider for swings-and-misses. When he’s locating his slider and the changeup is down in the zone, he can be un-hittable. Against Florida, one of the top offenses in the country, he struck out 9 in 4.2 IP and allowed just two runs. He didn’t give up a hit through the first four innings. There’s still more room for imporvement from the freshman, as he struggled with command and efficency. Despite that, he was still dominant, showing how good he can be when he’s completely on with his stuff.

Kenny Serwa came to UCF from SIU-Edwardsville, where he posted a 1.33 ERA with 42 K’s in 27 innings. Serwa was the Friday night starter at SIU and quickly won the midweek spot for the Knights. The RHP stands 6’1 and 195 pounds. In two starts and seven innings, he’s allowed three runs on seven hits. He’s also walked three batters and struck out seven.

For more on the matchup and a recap of the UM series, make sure to listen to the latest episode of Sunday Golds: A Florida State Baseball Podcast.

We’ll update this article as lineups become available.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM from Dick Howser. The game will be broadcasted on ACC Network. We will have updates in the game thread below, and I’ll have updates from the stadium on my twitter as well (@brettpn).