UVA’s Gelof and FSU’s Messick earn ACC Baseball Weekly Honors
GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) –Virginia second baseman Jake Gelof and Florida State left-hander Parker Messick were named Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 28.
ACC Baseball’s weekly honors are determined by vote of a 15-member media panel and announced on Mondays throughout the regular season.
In four wins at Virginia last week, Gelof went 9 for 10 (.900) with two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 15 RBIs. He hit the bases 13 times in four games and hit 2,500 for the week.
In Sunday’s series finale against Cornell, Gelof hit for the cycle in just four at bats and five innings played, becoming the first Cavalier to hit for the cycle in 21 years. In Friday’s series opener against the Big Red, the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware native hit two homers and had eight RBIs, the most by a Cavalier since 2013.
Messick allowed a scoreless hit on walks while striking out a career-high 13 batters over seven innings in Friday night’s 7-0 win over visiting Samford. The reigning ACC pitcher and freshman of the year, Messick was dominant all night, allowing just two base runners — a first-inning single and a fifth-inning batter. In his last frame, Messick hit the side on just 11 pitches. During his seven-inning stint, the Plant City, Fla. native threw just 85 pitches, with 63 strikes.
Opponents are batting .073 against Messick in 12.2 innings pitched this year, and he struck out a total of 24 batters while allowing just three hits.
Gelof and Messick were also named National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball on Monday, along with Georgia Tech’s Kevin Parada, NC State’s Tommy White and Virginia Tech’s Jack Hurley.