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Nelson, Messick claim ACC player, pitcher of year honors

Florida State players dominated the year-end awards handed out by the ACC on Monday morning.

Catcher Matheu Nelson was named ACC player of the year, following a season in which he led the league with 22 home runs and 63 RBI.

Nelson started 48 of FSU’s 50 games, leading the team with a .339 batting average. He also caught 15 of 35 runners who attempted to steal a base. Nelson is the first FSU player to hit 20 or more home runs since Buster Posey in 2008. On Monday, in an interview on the ACC Network, Nelson recalled watching Posey and the Seminoles on TV.

“Buster is always somebody that I looked up to when I was 9 years old and Buster was playing at Florida State,” Nelson said. “We’d watch them on TV and we’d always talk about how cool would it be to play at Florida State under Mike Martin, how cool would it be able to play in that stadium and stay in Tallahassee and be a Seminole. And just the fact that it all came true. And then now that my name is next to his, it’s kind of eye opening to me. It’s an honor, really.”

Left-hander Parker Messick was named the ACC’s pitcher and freshman of the year. Messick went 6-2 with a 3.30 ERA. He had 114 strikeouts and gave up just 22 walks in 79 innings. He gave up two or fewer earned runs in 10 of his ACC starts this season.

“He’s a great person,” Nelson said. “I love everything about Parker. Kid does not have a bad bone in his body. And he’s gonna to give you his all whether you’re playing in video games or whether you’re trying to hit off him on Friday night, whatever it may be. Also, he’s from Tampa, too. So that’s also another great thing to see, two Tampa kids bringing something back.”

Notre Dame coach Link Jarrett, who played at FSU from 1991-94, was named ACC coach of the year.

All-ACC teams

Nelson, Messick, Bryce Hubbart and Robby Martin earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors, the league announced Monday. Earlier Monday, Nelson was named the ACC Player of the Year while Messick was named the Pitcher and Freshman of the Year.

Nelson, FSU’s sophomore catcher, and Messick, FSU’s ace, were named to the first team. Hubbart and Martin both earned third team honors, while Messick and Hubbart highlighted the All-Freshman Team.

The full All-ACC teams can be viewed here.

RPI and rankings

The Seminoles remained at 46th in the college baseball RPI following the series loss to NC State.

FSU dropped from No. 16 to No. 23 in the D1baseball.com rankings. No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 16 NC State are the only other ranked ACC teams.

The Seminoles fell from No. 12 to No. 17 in the Baseball America rankings. No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 15 NC State and No. 24 Miami are also ranked.