TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the first time in 345 days, Florida State baseball will take the field in a competitive game when the Noles host North Florida to open the 2021 season. Redshirt freshman pitcher Parker Messick will start for the Seminoles on Opening Day, followed by freshman Carson Montgomery and redshirt junior Conor Grady for Sunday’s doubleheader.
As part of Saturday’s Opening Day festivities, former head coach Mike Martin will have his jersey retired in the second inning. Number 11, which Martin wore for 46 years as a player and coach at Florida State, will be retired next to Dick Howser’s No. 34 and J.D. Drew’s No. 39 in left-centerfield. On the field, Martin’s legacy will be continued with senior pitcher Chase Haney wearing No. 11 for the 2021 season.
Florida State is 9-2 all-time against North Florida in a series that only dates back to 2006. The teams were scheduled to open the season Friday before inclement weather was anticipated in Tallahassee.
All three games against the Ospreys will stream 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.
Florida State’s pitching rotation is one of the strongest in the country, with all three weekend starters among the Top 150 nationally, according to D1Baseball.com. Messick was 1-1 with a 0.77 ERA in 2020, and earned a save at No. 1 Florida in his last appearance. Montgomery is the highest-rated player to make it to college this season, Florida State’s highest-rated MLB prospect to reach campus and is the top newcomer in the country according to Baseball America.
Grady is 15-9 entering his fourth season at Florida State.
At the plate, outfielder Robby Martin was named to the Golden Spikes Award Watch List Thursday, one of 55 players nationally to earn that distinction. Martin has hit over .300 in both seasons at Florida State, leading FSU with a .324 average in 2020.
FSU’s starting lineup Saturday will feature just one new face from 2020 – freshman Vince Smith at third base.
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