TALLAHASSEE – For the second time this year, redshirt sophomore Parker Messick is the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week. The left-hander struck out a career-high 14 batters in FSU’s 4-0 win over Duke Friday night.
Messick, from Plant City, Florida, ranks second nationally with 65 strikeouts in 38.0 innings pitched. He struck out the side in the third and sixth innings against the Blue Devils and has started both of FSU’s shutout victories this season.
Ross Dunn, FSU’s Sunday starter, is the only other player in the conference with a 14-strikeout game this year. Messick improved to 4-1 with the win and lowered his season ERA to 2.84.
Messick was named Pitcher of the Week earlier this season for his 13-strikeout, no walk game against Samford. He is the reigning ACC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year.
No. 5 Florida State (16-7) rose in all the major polls Monday after a 3-1 week, including a sixth-straight weekend series win to start the year. The Seminoles took 2-of-3 games against Duke to improve to 6-3 in ACC play.
The Seminoles will face No. 14 Florida (17-7) Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at 121 Ballpark in Jacksonville. The Gators lost the final two games this past weekend against LSU.
The first meeting between the teams, scheduled for March 15 in Gainesville, was postponed due to inclement weather. That game has been rescheduled for May 17.
Florida State will host the Gators on April 12.
Tuesday’s game will air nationally on SEC Network, while Eric Luallen will provide radio via 100.7 FM in Tallahassee or the FSU Gameday app nationwide.
Carson Montgomery has won his last three starts for the Seminoles and has started all five of FSU’s midweek games this year. Montgomery’s 2.81 ERA is third best on the team, and all four starters for the Seminoles have an ERA under 3.00 on the season.
Under head coach Mike Martin, Jr., Florida State is a combined 8-2 against Florida, Miami and Clemson, with a 2-1 mark against the Gators. FSU beat Florida in Gainesville in 2020, then split in 2021, with the home team winning both games.
This will be the first game between FSU and Florida in Jacksonville since 2019.
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