FSU baseball: Noles can’t look past Jacksonville Tuesday night

FSU baseball (15-9, 10-8 ACC) will host Jacksonville (6-18) in a mid-week contest before traveling to top-10 ranked Louisville.

On paper, it’s a game the Noles should win easily, as Jacksonville has lost a ton of games, including their last three consecutively.

Jacksonville batters are hitting .240 with an on-base percentage of .307 and have slugged six home runs, two triples, and 27 doubles.

Jacksonville pitchers will enter the contest with a 6.30 ERA, with opposing teams batting .276, with 219 strikeouts and 120 walks in 210 innings. They have allowed 22 home runs.

Defensively, Jacksonville has 29 errors in 24 games for a fielding percentage of .967.

FSU’s strength had been its pitching and hitting this year, with the pitching the more consistent of the two. The FSU offense isn’t hitting for average, but the power numbers have improved considerably over the past 12 games or so.

FSU pitchers enter the contest with a 2.95 ERA, with opposing teams batting .200, with 291 strikeouts and 93 walks in 220 innings.

FSU batters are hitting .245 with an on-base percentage of .362 and have 35 home runs, one triple, and 34 doubles.

Defensively, FSU has 25 errors in 24 games for a fielding percentage of .972.

How’s It Going To Go?

Carson Montgomery will be on the mound for the Noles, and he should dominate the Jacksonville hitters if he’s on. Montgomery hasn’t pitched since appearing against Wake Forest for 1.2 innings.

The one knock on him is getting his pitch count up too quickly in games because of lots of at-bats going deep in the count. Montgomery also has a propensity to walk a lot of batters (12 walks in 15 innings).

If he gets ahead in the count, he should have an impressive night. FSU batters should be able to find success as Jacksonville pitchers allow a lot of hits and walks. Their defense is suspect up the middle with the majority of their errors coming at shortstop and second base.

Jacksonville does have a victory over Florida earlier in the year, so they are not going to lay down because they have a terrible record. Here’s to hoping the Noles can keep the momentum rolling with Louisville on deck.

The game will stream on ESPN3 if you have a cable service provider.