TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 25 Florida State heads to Atlanta for a three-game series against Georgia Tech this weekend, with both teams sitting at 18-14 overall on the season. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 75-47, though the teams have not met since 2018 when the Yellow Jackets took 2-of-3 in Atlanta.
All three games will stream on ACC Network Extra and fans can also listen on the radio in Tallahassee on 100.7 FM or nationwide through Tunein or the FSU Gameday App.
The Seminoles are led by catcher Mat Nelson, who leads the country with 15 home runs and is fourth with 48 runs batted in. Last weekend, Nelson hit a pair of home runs against Boston College – a grand slam in game one and a three-run home run in game two – and totaled nine RBI against the Eagles. Nelson, from Largo, Florida, is ninth in the country with an .802 slugging percentage. He needed just 31 team games to hit his 15th home run, the fourth-fastest in FSU history and the quickest in nearly 40 years.
Nelson was rated the No. 147 draft prospect in the MLB Pipeline earlier this week. Teammate Robby Martin, who is hitting .323 with a career-high seven home runs, is ranked No. 91 on the Pipeline list. Both players are in their third seasons and will be facing the Yellow Jackets for the first time in their careers.
On the mound, the Seminoles will trot out the same weekend rotation for the eighth consecutive week. LHP Parker Messick, who is second in the ACC with a 2.70 ERA and fifth nationally with 77 strikeouts, will start Friday night. Messick won his third game of the season last week against Boston College.
Bryce Hubbart will pitch Saturday after winning his fourth game of the year against BC. Hubbart is eighth in the league in both strikeouts (57) and batting average against (.218).
Conor Grady, the senior member of the FSU rotation, will close out the series on Sunday. Grady has four wins this season and a 3.63 ERA.
As a staff, Florida State ranks sixth in the country with 385 strikeouts in 32 games. The Noles have reached double-digit strikeouts 25 times this season and lead the ACC with a 3.14 earned run average and a .214 opponent batting average.
Senior reliever Chase Haney has appeared in eight consecutive games and 10 of the past 11 for FSU. Haney leads the country with 24 appearances this season and is five shy of tying the all-time pitching appearance mark in FSU history of 136.
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).