Messick leads Noles to a 4-1 win over James Madison

Tallahassee, Florida. – Number 11 Florida State (1-0) started the season with a 4-1 victory over James Madison (0-1) Friday night in the first-ever meeting between the schools. Parker Messick won his ninth straight decision, striking out 11 in 5.2 innings.

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Messick, of Plant City, Fla., allowed two hits, one run and struck out 11, one shy of his career high. Messick’s 11 strikeouts are the third in program history on Opening Day and the most since Bryan Henry also had 11 in 2007. The sophomore left-hander retired the team in the first , third and fifth innings, four of which are looking. As a team, FSU knocked out 18 Dukes.

With runners at first and second and two outs, rookie Jackson Baumeister came in as relief from Messick and knocked out cleanup hitter Kyle Novak. Wyatt Crowell recorded two outs before senior Jonah Scolaro closed it out for 1.2 innings with one hit, zero runs and four strikeouts. Scolaro, named closest to FSU earlier in the week, won 10and backup of his career and needed just 18 pitches to score five outs.

Seminole’s pitching team combined for 18 strikeouts, five hits and just three walks out of 35 batters faced.

After James Madison took the lead at the top of the second on Travis Reifsnider’s solo home run, the Noles responded with back-to-back home runs from Brett Roberts and James Tibbs.

Roberts, a transfer from Tennessee Tech, hit a home run on his first at bat as a Seminole, while rookie Tibbs ran on his first pitch at Florida State. The last player to hit his first home run for FSU was Messick against Virginia Tech in 2021.

On offense, FSU recorded seven hits by seven different players. The Noles added two more runs in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly from Alex Toral to tag Reese Albert and a passed fly that scored Logan Lacey. Albert, a fifth-year senior, was batting first down for the first time in his career and hit a bunt single. Lacey doubled for FSU’s third extra hit of the night.

RATING SUMMARY:

T2 | FSU 0, JMU 1 Reifsnider hit to right field
B2 | FSU 1, JMU 1 Roberts hits to right field
B2 | FSU 2, JMU 1 Tibbs hit the left field line
B6 | FSU 3, JMU 1 Toral hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Albert
B6 | FSU 4, JMU 1 Lacey scored on a passed ball

FOLLOWING:

Game 2 of the series against James Madison is Saturday at 2 p.m. LHP Bryce Hubbart will start on the mound for the Seminoles, while LHP Donovan Burke will pitch for the Dukes.

TO NOTE :

  • James Tibbs, Jaime Ferrer, Treyton Rank and Jackson Baumeister each played their first college game while transfers Alex Toral and Brett Roberts both played their first game for Florida State.
  • Parker Messick recorded 11 strikeouts, one less than his career high and the most for an FSU pitcher on Opening Day since Bryan Henry with 11 in 2007.
  • Messick’s 11 strikeouts are tied for third on Opening Day in FSU history, behind Tony Avitable’s 24 in 1956 and Howard Calhoun’s 19 in the program’s first ever game in 1948.
  • Messick became the first Seminole since Mike Compton in 2015-16 to start on Opening Day in consecutive seasons.
  • Brett Roberts and James Tibbs both hit home runs on their first hits for FSU. The last Seminole to hit a home run in their first game at bat was Parker Messick against Virginia Tech in 2021.
  • Jonah Scolaro was credited with his 10and career safeguard.

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