TALLAHASSEE – No. 8 Florida State (8-4) scored six runs in the sixth inning, including a James Tibbs grand slam, to secure a 10-4 win over FGCU (10-3) Tuesday night at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU improved to 11-5 all-time against the Eagles and snapped FGCU’s 10-game win streak.
Sophomore Carson Montgomery (1-0) threw a career-high 5.2 innings with a season-high seven strikeouts to earn his first career win. Six FSU relievers combined to allow three runs to close out the win.
Six runs in the sixth was the highlight of the night for the Noles led by Tibbs’ grand slam, the first of his career. Logan Lacey followed with his team-high fourth home run of the season and redshirt senior Reese Albert also brought one home with an RBI single. Six runs in an inning are a season high for FSU this year.
As a team, the Seminoles notched seven two-out RBI and had six two-out hits. In addition to three home runs from Tibbs, Jaime Ferrer and Lacey, the Noles hit three doubles. Albert went 2-for-2 with two runs scored as a pinch hitter.
With his second home run of the season, Ferrer opened the scoring with a rocket off the scoreboard. He added two more RBI, one each in the fourth and seventh, for a career-high three RBI. This was Ferrer’s third game with multiple RBI and his 11th game with a hit. Brett Roberts also has a hit in 11 games this season and the longest hitting streak on the team at eight games.
Both Alex Toral and Tibbs extended their on-base streaks to 12 games after advancing on HBPs. Jordan Carrion was also hit in the box, setting a season-high of three HBPs for FSU batters.
After being hit by a foul ball, catcher Colton Vincent was forced out due to injury in the fifth inning and was replaced by Brock Mathis. FSU turned a pair of double plays in the game, nearly matching their season total of three.
T1 | FSU 0, FGCU 1 Farrow grounded out to second base, scoring Ellis
B3 | FSU 1, FGCU 1 Ferrer homered to left field
B4 | FSU 2, FGCU 1 Perry doubled down the left field line, scoring Carrion
B4 | FSU 3, FGCU 1 Ferrer grounded out to second base, scoring Vincent
B6 | FSU 4, FGCU 1 Albert singled up the middle, scoring Greene
B6 | FSU 8, FGCU 1 Tibbs homered to right center, scoring Roberts, Albert, and Mathis
B6 | FSU 9, FGCU 1 Lacey homered to left field
B7 | FSU 10, FGCU 1 Ferrer doubled to right center, scoring Albert
T8 | FSU 10, FGCU 2 Kinker homered to right center
T9 | FSU 10, FGCU 3 Townsend grounded out to second base, scoring Wilmer
T9 | FSU 10, FGCU 4 Ellis singled to right field, scoring Sartori
Florida State begins ACC play this weekend on Friday at 6 p.m. against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. LHP Parker Messick (2-0) will start on the mound.
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