CHARLOTTE – Fifth-seed Florida State (29-21) will play ninth-seed Duke (28-20) in both teams’ first game of the ACC Championships at Truist Field. FSU and four-seed Miami (32-17) will play Friday afternoon.
The ACC Championships is split into four pods of three teams each. One team will advance from each pod to Saturday’s semifinals before a champion is crowned Sunday afternoon to earn the league’s automatic slot in the NCAA Tournament. As the fifth-seed, FSU will have to beat both Duke and Miami to move on to Saturday’s semis.
Games against Duke and Miami will air on regional sports networks, including Bally’s Sports South and Southeast in Tallahassee. A complete RSN list can be found here.
Fans can also listen on the radio in Tallahassee on 100.7 FM or nationwide through Tunein or the FSU Gameday App.
On Monday, Florida State became the first school in league history to win Player, Pitcher and Freshman of the Year in the same season. Catcher Mat Nelson, the nation’s leader in home runs with 22, was named Player of the Year, joining Buster Posey as the only Seminole catchers to earn the honor. Parker Messick, who will throw Friday against Miami in the ACC Championship, was named Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, joining Carlos Rodon (2012, NC State) as the only players to earn both in the same season.
Nelson and Messick earned first team All-ACC honors, while Bryce Hubbart and outfielder Robby Martin were named to the third team. Messick and Hubbart were also on the ACC’s All-Freshman Team.
Florida State is coming off a season-ending victory at No. 23 NC State, a 15-11 slugfest that featured two Nelson home runs and blasts from Jackson Greene and Robby Martin. Clayton Kwiatkowski pitched the final two innings without allowing a hit or run to earn the victory.
The Seminoles and Duke did not play during the regular season. By virtue of the 12-series conference schedule this year, FSU will face off against every other team in the league. Duke is the hottest team in the league entering the tournament, winners of eight straight with sweeps of Clemson and Virginia Tech to play its way into NCAA Tournament consideration.
Friday’s game against Miami will be the fourth time the Seminoles and Hurricanes will face off in 2021. FSU swept a three-game series in Coral Gables against then No. 6 Miami, outscoring the Hurricanes 34-2.
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