Notes: FSU’s weekend rotation impressing in first month of 2022

Florida State’s weekend rotation is racking up strikeouts and gaining attention as one of the nation’s best.

Ace left-hander Parker Messick is second in the nation and leads the ACC with 44 strikeouts. Bryce Hubbart is second in the ACC in ERA (1.11) and strikeouts (43), while Ross Dunn has 36 (including 14 in a road win over Wake Forest last Sunday). Dunn’s 14 strikeouts are the most for an ACC pitcher in 2022 and the most for a Seminole in a true road game since 1997.

FSU leads the nation with 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The Seminoles’ ERA of 3.34 is reflective of some big innings allowed by relievers as Hubbart, Dunn (1.86) and Messick (2.52) have low ERAs and combined have a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 123 to 25.

The weekend rotation recently received praise from D1baseball.com writer Aaron Fitt, who was at Winston-Salem, N.C., to watch the FSU-Wake series.

“Florida State has college baseball’s best pitching staff,” Fitt wrote. “The all-lefty weekend rotation of Parker Messick, Bryce Hubbart and Ross Dunn is as good as it gets, and FSU has another first-round talent as its midweek starter in Carson Montgomery, plus a balance of rock-solid veterans and exciting young arms in the bullpen.” 

Numbers to watch

The Seminoles also have 20 home runs in 16 games, including four apiece by James Tibbs and Alex Toral. They also have 166 strikeouts, averaging 10.37 per game. Brock Mathis is 8 for 16 with three home runs and five RBI in his last six games.

Scouting NC State

There are two notable weaknesses to NC State, which has oddly dropped three home games to Northeastern as well as a pair of games to Notre Dame (one was canceled) in March. The Wolfpack (10-6) are ninth in the ACC with a 4.22 ERA and last in fielding percentage (.956).

Designated hitter Tommy White has nine home runs and 32 RBI in 16 games. Second baseman J.T. Jarrett leads NC State with a .543 on-base percentage.