SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Freshman southpaw Parker Messick continued his season-long dominance Friday, allowing just one run in six innings with eight strikeouts in No. 13 Florida State’s 5-2 win at No. 2 Notre Dame. The Seminoles (24-16, 16-12 ACC) and Fighting Irish (24-9, 21-9) each had just four hits, but Davis Hare (two-run single) and Elijah Cabell (three-run home run) both had hits with runners on base for the Seminoles.
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Messick has now won four consecutive games and is 6-2 on the season. He has 11 consecutive starts with at least 5.0 innings pitched and two or fewer earned runs allowed.
Jack Anderson entered to start the seventh inning and earned his third save in the past week.
The Irish took an early lead, loading the bases in the first inning courtesy of a double, walk and a single before FSU recorded an out. Jack Brannigan lofted a sacrifice fly to center field for the 1-0 lead, but Messick limited the damage to just the one run.
Notre Dame loaded the bases again, this time with one out, in the third inning, before Messick notched a strikeout and a fielder’s choice ground ball to end the frame. After getting out of the bases loaded jam in the third, Messick faced the minimum over the next three innings, with his only baserunner allowed getting thrown out to end the sixth inning.
The heart of Florida State’s order responded in the fourth inning against Will Mercer (1-2). After two quick outs, Mat Nelson drew a full-count walk and Robby Martin singled for FSU’s first hit of the day. After Cabell loaded the bases with another full-count walk, Hare lined a two-run single through the right side for a 2-1 FSU lead.
Mercer breezed through the first three innings on just 28 pitches; he threw 29 in the fourth.
Tanner Kohlhepp relieved Mercer in the sixth inning and was rolling before the ninth inning, when Nelson was hit by a pitch and Martin walked before Cabell’s 12th home run of the season snuck just inside the right field foul pole.
Cabell’s home run proved big when the Irish scored a run in the bottom of the ninth against Anderson, but the sophomore battled back and forced a game-ending groundout.
The win improved Florida State to 9-5 on the road this season. All 14 games have come against Top 20 competition and FSU now leads the ACC with 14 wins against Top 25 opponents this year.
Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 1:00 p.m. on ACC Network.
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