Tallahassee, Fla. — No. 11 Florida State (1-0) started the season with a 4-1 win over James Madison (0-1) Friday night in the first-ever inter-school meeting. Parker Messick won his ninth straight decision, hitting 11 in 5.2 innings.
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Messick, of Plant City, Fla., allowed two hits, one run and knocked out 11, one just short of his career high. Messick’s 11 strikeouts are the third-most in program history on Opening Day and the most since Bryan Henry also had 11 in 2007. The left-hander sophomore hit the side in the first, third and fifth innings, including four looks. As a team, FSU knocked out 18 Dukes.
With runners in first and second place and two outs, freshman Jackson Baumeister came on as Messick’s replacement and knocked out cleanup hitter Kyle Novak. Wyatt Crowell recorded two outs before senior Jonah Scolaro finished it with one hit, zero runs and four strikeouts for 1.2 innings. Scolaro, who was named FSU’s closer earlier in the week, received 10th placeth save his career and needed only 18 pitches to make five outs.
The Seminole pitching staff had a combined 18 strikeouts, five hits and just three walks from 35 batters.
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 in his first at-bat as a Seminole while freshman Tibbs went to court in his first place in Florida state. The last player to home in his first at-bat for FSU was Messick against Virginia Tech in 2021.
On offense, FSU recorded seven goals from seven different players. The Noles added two more runs in the sixth inning through a sacrifice by Alex Toral to score Reese Albert and a pass ball that scored Logan Lacey. Albert, a fifth grader, hit the top for the first time in his career and achieved a colorful single. Lacey doubled for FSU’s third extra base hit of the night.
T2 | FSU 0, JMU 1 Reifsnider aimed at right field
B2 | FSU 1, JMU 1 Roberts aimed at right field
B2 | FSU 2, JMU 1 Tibbs homered down the left field line
B6 | FSU 3, JMU 1 Toral hit a sacrificial fly, scoring Albert
B6 | FSU 4, JMU 1 Lacey scored a pass ball
Game two of the series against James Madison is Saturday at 2:00 p.m. LHP Bryce Hubbart will start on the hill for the Seminoles while LHP Donovan Burke will throw for the Dukes.
- James Tibbs, Jaime Ferrer, Treyton Rank and Jackson Baumeister each played their debut college game, while transfers Alex Toral and Brett Roberts both played their debut game for Florida State.
- Parker Messick recorded 11 strikeouts, one short of his career high and the most for an FSU pitcher on Opening Day since Bryan Henry’s 11 in 2007.
- Messick’s 11 opening-day strikeouts are the third-most in FSU history, behind Tony Avitable’s 24 in 1956 and Howard Calhoun’s 19 in the program’s first game in 1948.
- Messick became the first Seminole since Mike Compton in 2015-16 to start on opening day in consecutive seasons.
- Both Brett Roberts and James Tibbs hit home runs in their first at-bats for FSU. The last Seminole to hit a home run on their first at-bat was Parker Messick against Virginia Tech in 2021.
- Jonah Scolaro became his 10thth save career.
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