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Jamie Arnold, FSU baseball shut down UCF in the 2024 NCAA tournament

While a minor weather delay pushed games back in the Tallahassee Regional, Florida State Baseball’s 5-2 win over UCF remains ahead of schedule during day two of the NCAA Baseball Tournament.

FSU coach Link Jarrett’s starting pitchers remain the focus for the second straight game.

Jamie Arnold, in front of a full house at Dick Howser Stadium, dominated on the mound in seven innings, matching his season high.

The left-handed pitcher finished the night with 12 strikeouts, including a flawless inning in the Top 2, and allowed only three hits.

It is the fifth time this season that the sophomore would record double-digit strikeouts.

UCF managed to score one run in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI double by Jack Zyskta.

After recording seven hits in Friday’s win against Stetson, the Seminole nearly doubled it with 13.

After going scoreless in the first two innings, FSU’s offense got going in the third and fourth with five runs, including a two-run homer by Cam Smith. Smith and Dinges led the Seminoles with three hits

Brennan Oxford ended the game with a strikeout for the second time in a row.

The Seminoles advance to the regional finals on Sunday at 6 p.m. They will play the winner of the UCF-Stetson game, which will take place at noon. Stetson eliminated Alabama 4-0 in the earlier game.

Peter Holland Jr. covers Florida State athletics for the Tallahassee Democrat. Contact him via email at [email protected] or at X @_Da_pistol.

This article originally appeared on Tallahassee Democrat: FSU baseball defeats UCF in NCAA baseball tournament