TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Freshman pitcher Parker Messick has been named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list, USA Baseball announced Wednesday afternoon. The Golden Spikes Award is given to the nation’s top player.
Messick, from Plant City, Florida, is 2-2 this season with a 2.60 earned run average and 69 strikeouts in 45.0 innings pitched. He leads the league and ranks fifth nationally, in strikeouts and ranks fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in ERA. In seven starts against ACC competition, Messick’s ERA drops to 1.69 with opponents hitting just .183 against the left-hander.
Messick has been Florida State’s Friday night starter throughout the season and was the ACC Player of the Week for his performance against No. 16 Virginia when he struck out 11 and allowed just three hits in a career-high 8.0 innings. Messick also had 11 strikeouts against Wake Forest and set a career high with 12 strikeouts the following week against North Carolina.
At Virginia Tech, Messick was inserted into the batting order and hit a home run in his first at-bat as a Seminole. He had three hits against the Hokies and followed that with a pair of hits against No. 5 Florida. At No. 6 Miami, Messick allowed one run in 6.2 innings pitched and had a career-high three RBI at the plate in the series opener.
Messick was named the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Week for his performances against the Gators and Hurricanes.
Messick and the Seminoles are back in action Friday at Dick Howser Stadium against Boston College.
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