TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 11 Florida State baseball program returns to the field for 2022 Opening Day on Friday, February 18 at 6 p.m. against James Madison. The two teams will play on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. to complete the series. This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools in baseball.
All three games this weekend will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra. Fans in Tallahassee can listen on WFLA 100.7 FM or around the country through Tunein or the FSU Gameday app.
Redshirt sophomore Parker Messick will start on the mound for the Seminoles on Friday as the first FSU pitcher since Mike Compton in 2015-16 to start on Opening Day in consecutive seasons. Messick was named the Preseason Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game and a first team Preseason All-American. The reigning ACC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year is also one of 55 players on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List.
Florida State is the only team in the country with two of D1Baseball’s top 15 starting pitchers with Messick at No. 3 and Saturday’s starter, Bryce Hubbart, at No. 12. Hubbart is a second team Preseason All-American from Baseball America and a third team All-American from D1Baseball and Perfect Game.
Ross Dunn earned the Sunday starting position for the Noles and will make his second career start this weekend. During his freshman season, Dunn allowed only three earned runs and seven hits in 12.2 innings pitched, with 15 strikeouts.
Mike Martin Jr. begins his third season as head coach at Florida State with a 43-29 record overall after 22 years as an assistant coach for the Seminoles. FSU currently has the longest active streak of consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament at 43 which is one shy of the all-time record.
At the plate, Logan Lacey returns after a solid 2021 season where he recorded 57 hits and a .296 average which was second on the team. Lacey notched 10 home runs including five during the final three weeks of the season. He had 18 multi-hit games in 2021.
Multiple freshmen are expected to start on Opening Day including James Tibbs in the outfield and Treyton Rank at shortstop. Tibbs is listed at No. 29 among Perfect Game’s Top 75 Freshmen.
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