Messick strikes out 14 as FSU shuts down Duke

Parker Messick recorded a career-high 14 strikeouts as Florida State defeated Duke 4-0 in game 1 of the weekend series on Friday night.

Messick threw 105 pitches (71 strikes) and had one more strikeout than the 13 he had against Samford on Feb. 25. The left-hander gave up four hits (all singles) and two walks. It was the ninth double-digit strikeout game of his FSU career.

James Tibbs hit a solo home run and Jackson Greene followed a few batters later with a two-run homer in the sixth inning for FSU (15-6, 5-2 ACC). Ferrer hit the fourth home run of his freshman year, while Greene now has five career home runs.

Reese Albert continued his tear, going 3 for 4 with a double off the screen in right-center field in the third inning and a run scored. FSU’s leadoff hitter is now batting .413.

Albert’s double advanced Colton Vincent to third. Both scored on Jaime Ferrer’s bizarre, bad-hop grounder that eluded Duke shortstop Alex Mooney and dribbled into left field.

Messick (4-1) worked out of bases-loaded jam in the second, as Wil Hoyle hit into an fielder’s choice. Third baseman Brett Roberts stepped on third and threw home for a double play, and Messick got a strikeout to end the inning.

Jonah Scolaro gave up a pair of hits in the eighth but worked his way out of a jam to toss a scoreless inning and then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to wrap up the win.

Duke (11-11, 2-5) had six hits, all singles.

Box score

The FSU – Duke box score can be viewed here.

Up next

FSU will play host to Duke in game 2 of the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra).