May 6, 2021
⚾: Noles Face Challenge at No. 2 Notre Dame

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State baseball heads to No. 2 Notre Dame for a three-game series this weekend at Frank Eck Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. The Seminoles (23-16, 15-12 ACC) are ranked as high as 13, while the Fighting Irish have not lost a series this year after a three-game sweep of North Carolina last weekend.

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The Seminoles are 19-9 all-time against the Irish and have won five of six series against Notre Dame since joining the league before the 2014 season.

All three games will air nationally on the ACC Network.

Fans can also listen on the radio in Tallahassee on 100.7 FM or nationwide through Tunein or the FSU Gameday App.

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021
6:00 p.m. – ACC Network
FSU: LHP Parker Messick (5-2, 2.45 ERA) vs. ND: LHP Will Mercer (1-1, 5.97 ERA)
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SATURDAY, May 8, 2021
1:00 p.m. – ACC Network
FSU: LHP Bryce Hubbart (5-3, 3.44 ERA) vs. ND: LHP John M. Bertrand (5-1, 3.38 ERA)
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SUNDAY, May 9, 2021
1:00 p.m. – ACC Network
FSU: RHP Conor Grady (4-2, 3.91 ERA) vs. ND: TBA
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FSU catcher Mat Nelson continues to lead the nation in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. The third-year sophomore hit his 20th home run of the season Sunday, the first Nole with at least 20 in a year since Buster Posey hit 26 in 2008. Nelson has 57 runs batted in and an .867 slugging percentage.

Messick, from Plant City, Florida, ranks second in the ACC with a 2.45 earned run average and 91 strikeouts. Messick has won three consecutive decisions and has 10 consecutive games with at least 5.0 innings pitched and two or fewer earned runs allowed.

Hubbart and Grady both set career highs in strikeouts last weekend against Troy. Hubbart retired 12 Trojan batters via K in 6.1 innings, also a career best. Grady needed just 5.0 innings to strike out 13 batters, the most for a Seminole this season.

Other notes:

  • Outfielder Elijah Cabell has eight hits over his current five-game hitting streak. Nelson has a career-high 10-game hitting streak.
  • Designated hitter Davis Hare hit his first career home run Sunday against Troy, breaking a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning. Hare also had a double in the fifth inning and is hitting 9-for-22 on the year.
  • Jack Anderson has a 37-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season. All three of Anderson’s walks came in his first appearance and he has 35 strikeouts since then. Anderson earned his first two saves last weekend against Troy.
  • The Seminoles lead the ACC in ERA (3.20), hits allowed per nine innings (7.34), shutouts (4), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.48), strikeouts per nine innings (11.8) and WHIP (1.19).
  • Former FSU infielder Link Jarrett is in his second season as Notre Dame’s head coach. Jarrett was a four-year starter for the Noles and is the NCAA record holder for career assists (802).

For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).

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