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FSU baseball vs. No. 16 Virginia game thread: Saturday, 2:00 PM

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Bryce Hubbart on the bump for first start of season.

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Florida State baseball will look to ride their momentum from Parker Messick’s gem into today’s game two against Virginia. The ‘Noles only posted three hits and five walks, but a timely two-out hit from Robby Martin was enough.

Here are today’s probables:

Saturday 3/6, 2:00 PM

Probable Starters: RHP Griff McGarry (3.00 ERA, 9.0 IP) vs. LHP Bryce Hubbart (3.18 ERA, 5.2 IP)

How to watch: ACC Network Extra

Hubbart will make the move to the weekend rotation on Saturday after a dominant outing last Sunday. The southpaw has always possessed the stuff to be dominant, but was held back by control issues. When he missed, the misses were big. And when he found the zone, it often found the middle third. This season, he’s looked like a completely different pitcher. Hubbart has walked only two batters through 5.2 IP and struck out 11 batters. The fastball has been up to 95 and sits in the 92-94 MPH range. His out-pitch is a big, power curveball which is knee-buckling against both right and left-handed hitters. Hubbart was in the mix for the weekend rotation in the preseason and was built up as a starter, so he shouldn’t have a pitch limit this weekend.

McGarry could make an argument for the best swing-and-miss stuff in college baseball. The right-handed pitcher has a mid-90’s fastball and can reach back for upper 90’s at time. The pitch has well-above average spin rates, which gives it a rising effect. He also possesses a hammer curveball in the low-80’s which is unfair off the riding fastball. McGarry’s struggles come from his command, as he had walked 73 batters in 73.1 innings between 2019 and 2020. So far the command issues have been down and the strikeout numbers continue to rise. He’s given up three earned runs and five walks while striking out 18 batters in nine innings. McGarry gave FSU fits in 2019, tossing five scoreless innings while giving up just one hit and striking out eight.


We will update when lineups become available.

UPDATE, 1:30 PM

Mercer transfer and Tallahassee native Garrett Mathes will get his first FSU start at DH and hitting sixth.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM from Dick Howser. The game will be broadcasted on ACC Network extra. We will have updates in the game thread below, and I’ll have updates on my twitter as well from the park (@brettpn).