Messick, Dunn combine for 19 K’s in FSU’s rout of TCU

Parker Messick’s magic at Dick Howser Stadium continues to impress. And baffle hitters.

Messick tossed five no-hit innings and tied a career-high with 14 strikeouts as Florida State routed No. 20 TCU 10-0 in the series opener on Friday night.

Ross Dunn made his first appearance since April 16, tossing two shutout innings out of the bullpen. Dunn had five strikeouts.

The combined effort by Messick and Dunn is the most strikeouts (19) without a walk in school history.

Messick had 11 or more strikeouts for the seventh time in 11 starts this season. He has 53 strikeouts and two walks — with no earned runs — in his last four starts. Messick (6-2) leads the nation with 116 strikeouts.

“You never know what’s coming with him,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “Literally you have no earthly idea. Most everybody, you have a decent idea of what’s going to be coming. With him it’s four pitches, anytime he wants, any count. He locates in and out. You throw in the competitiveness and poise. They’re really hard to find.”

Reese Albert went 3 for 4 and tied a career-high with five RBI. He slapped an RBI double in the first, a two-run single in the second and a two-run double off the right-field screen in the sixth inning.

Alex Toral had a two-run home run as the Seminoles improved to 24-15. It was Toral’s 12th home run of the season.

Jordan Carrion continued to swing a hot bat, with three more hits Friday. Over his past 11 games, Carrion is hitting .500 (20 for 40) and has raised his batting average nearly 90 points in that span (.209 to .298).

FSU is in position to win its eighth weekend series with a win on Saturday or Sunday. The Seminoles’ RPI coming into series was 20, with TCU at 29.

TCU (27-15) managed just two hits. The Horned Frogs’ starting pitcher, Riley Cornelio, allowed four runs in the first inning and did not record an out.

Box score: FSU 10, TCU 0

The FSU – TCU box score can be viewed here.

Up next

FSU will play host to TCU on Saturday at 6 p.m. RHP Carson Montgomery (4-1, 4.38 ERA) will be on the mound for FSU, with RHP Marcelo Perez (4-1, 2.97 ERA) on the mound for TCU.