TALLAHASSEE – Bryce Hubbart was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Pitcher of the Month for February following his dominant performances against James Madison and Samford.
Here are our @HowserTrophy National Players of the Month for February:
— NCBWA (@NCBWA) March 3, 2022
Teammate Parker Messick is the Perfect Game National Pitcher of the Week after throwing 7.0 shutout innings against Samford last Friday. Hubbart (vs. James Madison) and Messick (vs. Samford) have won the first two ACC Pitcher of the Week awards as well.
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— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) March 1, 2022
After striking out a career-high 13 batters against James Madison, Hubbart was named ACC Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career. In that win, the lefty struck out the side in three innings, struck out eight of the first nine batters faced, and only allowed two hits and no walks. Hubbart needed just 5.0 innings to record his 13 strikeouts.
The redshirt sophomore struck out another nine batters in six innings against Samford in his second win of the season. In 11.0 innings pitched in February, Hubbart did not allow a run and enters this weekend fifth in the country with 22 strikeouts.
Hubbart, from Windermere, Florida, entered the season as the No. 12-rated starting pitcher by D1Baseball and No. 31 on D1’s top draft-eligible players list for 2022.
Messick, from Plant City, Florida, was one of Collegiate Baseball’s Players of the Week in addition to being named the top pitcher last week by Perfect Game. Messick allowed just one hit and he hit one batter over 7.0 innings. Messick’s 13 strikeouts were also a career-high and he enters Friday’s game vs. the Golden Bears second nationally in strikeouts with 24.
Messick is on the Golden Spikes Award watch list, a preseason All-American and the No. 3-rated starting pitcher in the country from D1Baseball.
No. 10 Florida State (5-3) will host California for a three-game series at Dick Howser Stadium this weekend with the first game on Friday at 7 p.m. This will be the second-ever meeting between the two programs. The teams will close out the series on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m.
Friday’s matchup will be available to watch on the ACC Network while Sunday’s game will be streaming on ACC Network Extra. Saturday’s game will not be televised, but all three games will be available via radio on 100.7 FM in Tallahassee or the FSU Gameday app nationwide.
SATURDAY, March 5, 2022
FSU: LHP Bryce Hubbart (2-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Cal: RHP Steven Zobac (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
Florida State has been successful in both home weekend series this season, earning five wins, scoring 45 runs and striking out 89 batters. The Noles are coming off back-to-back extra-inning losses to Samford and Mercer.
Parker Messick (2-0) will start his third consecutive series this Friday after winning ACC Pitcher of the Week for his performance against Samford. The redshirt sophomore threw a one-hitter and set a new career-high of 13 strikeouts in his second double-digit showing of the season.
NCBWA Pitcher of the Month, Bryce Hubbart (2-0), will start on the mound on Saturday for his third appearance of the season. The left-hander has thrown a combined 22 strikeouts this season and only walked one.
Sophomore Ross Dunn (0-0) will pitch on Sunday in his fourth career start and third this season. He pitched a career-high four innings with eight strikeouts against Samford.
Including the first home run of his career against Samford, freshman Jaime Ferrer has notched a hit in every game this season. He is the only Seminole to have a hit in all eight games this season, while James Tibbs, Reese Albert and Alex Toral have successfully reached base in all eight games.
Catcher Colton Vincent threw out three runners stealing last weekend against Samford, the first of his career. As a team, FSU had the first three double plays of the season on Sunday.
The only other time the Noles faced California was in the 1992 College World Series which resulted in a 5-4 win for FSU.
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