FSU baseball (16-12, 11-10 ACC) suffered a tough league loss against No. 7 Louisville in their last outing.
Noles could have swept the series, but referee intervention changed the pace of the first and third games and helped Louisville take two of three games.
FSU baseball will look to put it behind them as they travel to face the rival Florida Gators Tuesday night. FSU surprised many people by destroying the Gators 10-2 earlier in the season.
Both teams send the same starting pitchers as the last matchup. Carson Montgomery will look to duplicate his efforts from the last time where he went 4.2 laps, knocked out nine and allowed two earned races.
The most important thing for Montgomery is to get ahead in the count, avoid trips and not waste so many places. He has not gone past 4.2 innings in an outing all season.
Florida will send Garrett Milchen to Noles. Milchen was shot for eight hits and seven earned races in 1.2 rounds against FSU earlier this season.
Keys to victory
FSU must start fast as they did the last time they took on the Gators. Florida is a strong team that plays at home (19-5), and they do not need to let Milchen gain confidence as the game progresses.
I would like to see Carson Montgomery show progression and get through five rounds. The FSU offense has been decently late, especially the top of the lineup. They did all the damage to Milchen in the previous outing, especially Logan Lacey, Robby Martin and Matheu Nelson.
These three bullets went 8-15 with nine RBIs. All three swing the bat well, especially Nelson and Lacey against Louisville this weekend.
If they can get a fresh start, and Montgomery can avoid walks and deep counts early? I like the chances of FSU sweeping Florida with a win Tuesday night.