March 16, 2021
⚾: Martin, Montgomery Lead FSU Past No. 5 Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Robby Martin hit two home runs and had five RBI and freshman pitcher Carson Montgomery struck out nine batters in 4.2 innings, leading Florida State (7-6) past No. 5 Florida (13-5) 10-2 Tuesday night at Dick Howser Stadium. Catcher Mat Nelson added his team-high fifth home run and the FSU bullpen combined to allow just one hit in 4.1 innings of relief.

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The win was the second straight for FSU over a Top 5 Florida team, beating the No. 1 Gators in Gainesville 2-0 last season. It is the Seminoles first win against Florida in Tallahassee since 2015.

Montgomery made his third start of the season and looked every bit the player that was the highest-rated recruit to reach campus this summer. The Windermere native struck out nine, allowed three walks and a pair of runs, both coming in his last inning of work. He exited the game one out shy of his first win as a Seminole.

As a staff, FSU struck out 16 Florida batters. Offensively, the Noles K’d just nine times.

Martin hit a three-run home run in the first inning, his second straight at-bat with a home run after hitting a grand slam in the ninth inning Sunday at Virginia Tech. He added a two-run home run in the sixth inning for his first career multi-home run game.

FSU added four more runs in the second inning against Garrett Milchin (1-1), who allowed eight hits and seven runs in 1.2 innings of work. Logan Lacey had three hits, including a two-run double in the second inning that made the score 5-0. Nelson followed with an RBI single and Parker Messick, in his second straight start as the designated hitter, followed with an RBI single to give FSU a 7-0 lead through two innings.

Left fielder Wyatt Crowell, a left-handed pitcher in the FSU bullpen, had a pair of hits including his first career double. Messick and Crowell have combined for eight hits in their two games batting this season.

After Florida cut the lead to 7-2, Chase Haney (2-0) entered and forced a groundball out to end the fifth inning. Kirby McMullen doubled off Haney in the sixth inning, but Haney, Hunter Perdue and Davis Hare did not allow another hit to lock up the win.

Martin’s second home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning, was followed by Nelson’s team-high fifth home run. It was FSU’s first back-to-back home runs of the year and Martin had five RBI for the second straight game.

Leadoff hitter Tyler Martin reached base in three of five plate appearances, with two hit-by-pitches and a walk. He entered the game second in the ACC with a .560 on-base percentage.

Twelve of FSU’s 13 hits came from the 2-6 spots in the lineup, with Lacey and Martin each notching three while Nelson, Messick and Crowell had a pair.

FSU’s 10 runs scored are their most against Florida since 2010 and it was the largest margin of victory for FSU in the series since 2008, also a 10-2 win.

The Noles are back in action this weekend in Coral Gables for three games against No. 8 Miami.

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