UCF Downs FSU 8-3

Florida State's lack of depth in the pitching staff given the absences of Brandon Liebrandt and Bryant Holtmann was exposed again, as Central Florida jumped on the Seminoles early and never looked back.

Much like the Sunday game against North Carolina, Tuesday's game against Central Florida exposed Florida State's lack of pitching depth given the injuries to Brandon Liebrandt (4-1) and Bryant Holtmann (5-1), each of whom is out indefinitely but expected to return by the postseason.

If that doesn't happen, the last few games have suggested the Seminoles may be in trouble. Central Florida jumped on Florida State with two first inning runs off starter Alec Byrd (1-1) and marched to an 8-3 victory at Fan Appreciation Day at Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Byrd was charged with four runs on four hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. The Golden Knights blew the game open with four runs in the third inning and one more in the fourth to go up 7-1.

Florida State, in contrast, was held to six hits, each by a different player, but the Seminoles simply could not produce enough offense to match the Knights' output.

Florida State wraps up the regular season hosting Duke on Thursday through Saturday, which will serve as Senior Day.


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