Parker Messick named ACC Pitcher of the Year, Freshman of the Year.
Florida State pitcher and Plant City native Parker Messick was named the recipient of multiple Atlantic Coast Conference awards on Monday, including ACC Pitcher of the Year and ACC Freshman of the year.
The first-year starter was also named to the All-ACC first team and the ACC All-Freshman team.
Messick finished his redshirt freshman season with a 6-2 record, an earned run average of 3.30 and 114 strikeouts over 14 appearances totaling 79 innings pitched. Those ERA and strikeout totals led Florida State for the 2021 season and finished as the sixth- and second-best marks in the ACC, respectively.
Additionally, he allowed just 69 hits, 29 earned runs and an opposing batting average of .229.
In rare company, Messick became the second player in conference history to be named both the ACC’s Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the same season, joining current Chicago White Sox’ pitcher Carlos Rodon in 2012 while attending N.C. State. Messick is also just the second Seminole to be named ACC Pitcher of the Year and the third to be named ACC Freshman of the Year.
Florida State began their ACC tournament play on Wednesday against Duke and will face off against the University of Miami on Friday at 3 p.m.
As a senior at Plant City High School in 2019, Messick led the Raiders’ rotation with an 11-1 record and a 1.06 ERA. His final high school start came in the state semifinals against Broward County’s McArthur High School where Messick allowed just three hits and no earned runs in a complete game shutout and 8-0 victory.
The following day Plant City bested their crosstown rival Strawberry Crest 3-1 in the Class 8A State Championship, earning the Raiders their first baseball state championship in school history.