Duke

Duke clinches ACC 4 seed with win over FSU

Posted May 17, 2014

The Blue Devils celebrated a 3-2 win over North Carolina.

— The Duke baseball team closed out the regular season on a high-note, defeating No. 4 Florida State, 7-5, Saturday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium.

A monumental win for the Blue Devils, today’s victory was not only Duke’s first in Tallahassee since 1994 but gave the program its 16th ACC win, tying the school record also set in 1994. In addition, the Blue Devils clinched the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament.

“It was an incredibly tough effort by our players,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “Trent Swart stepped up unbelievably. He pitched an incredible game. I thought we had a really good offensive approach. So many guys had really good at bats. Our guys just wanted it. They’ve had such a great year, they really wanted this win. It’s the first time our seniors have beaten Florida State. I’m incredibly proud of them. It was a great way to pick up your first win versus this club.”

Bolstered by nine walks and two hit batters, Duke (32-23, 16-14 ACC) capitalized on its opportunities to build a six-run lead by the sixth. Florida State (41-14, 21-9 ACC) scored two runs in both the seventh and ninth innings, but could not catch the Blue Devils in the end.

“We knew a few of the guys [Florida State] was bringing in had struggled with their command,” Pollard said. “We preached patience. We did a good job of using the hit by pitch. We were ready to capitalize on free offense.”

FSU starter Peter Miller (3-4) suffered the loss after allowing two runs on two hits and three walks in an inning of work. His counterpart, Duke southpaw Trent Swart (5-2), turned in the quality start in his longest outing of the season, covering eight complete innings. Aided by three 4-6-3 double plays, the Carlsbad, Calif., native scattered six hits and held Florida State to three runs.

After scoring five runs in the ninth the previous day, the Duke bats picked up right where they left off to start the series finale. Senior Jordan Betts walked following a Mark Lumpa base hit and an Andy Perez fielder’s choice to put two aboard for Chris Marconcini. Duke’s rightfielder lined his third double of the series and 12th of the season for the game’s first run. A productive at bat from Matt Berezo, who hit a groundball to the right side for his 16th RBI on the year, brought Betts home.

Base hits from Jose Brizuela and John Sansone coupled with a Justin Gonzalez walk loaded the bases with one out in the second. Danny De La Calle lifted a fly ball to right field, but Ryan Deitrich’s throw to the plate was just up the line allowing Brizuela to elude the tag of catcher Mike Rosenfeld. Swart did well to minimize the damage, inducing a Brett Knief pop up to first base for the final out.

Duke’s offense continued to roll in the third, tacking on three runs for a 5-1 advantage. Marconcini walked and scored on a Grant McCabe RBI single to answer FSU’s run the previous frame. Deitrich continued his strong weekend at the plate, blasting his seventh home run of the season and second of the series to put the Blue Devils up by four.

The Blue Devils capitalized on free offense in the fourth. Florida State loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter before a run came home on a 4-6-3 double play to make it 6-1.

Swart found his groove in the middle innings, retiring seven straight batters from the third to the fifth. Lumpa doubled to start the sixth and Perez drove him in with an RBI single.

Florida State cut the margin to 7-3 in the bottom half on Gonzalez’s second home run of the season. A two-run shot to left, the homer was the first allowed by Swart since 2012.

Florida State made the game interesting in the bottom of the ninth. John Nogowski led off with a single off senior Robert Huber before a Brizuela fielder’s choice. Ben DeLuzio walked to put two aboard and John Sansone laced an RBI single to cut the lead to 7-4. A Gonzalez sacrifice fly trimmed it to 7-5 before Perez made a sensational play on a De La Calle grounder up the middle for the final out.

“I think everybody was a little nervous, but that’s what [Huber] does,” Pollard added. “He makes it a little exciting but he always gets it done. I’m proud of him, too.”

Next up, Duke heads to the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2009. The tournament runs May 20-25 at Newbridge Bank Park.

1 Comment

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • modukev5saysbyebye May 17, 2014

    Well well well !!! Looky here

  • NFL: Atlanta at Miami

    Tonight at 8:00 on WRAL-TV

  • Premier League Soccer

    Saturday at 12:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Arizona at Houston

    Sunday at 4:00 am on FOX50

  • NFL: San Diego at Minnesota

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Cincinnati at Jacksonville

    Sunday at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC Blitz

    Saturday, Sep. 3 at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Golf Special: Road to the Ryder Cup

    Sunday, Sep. 4 at 2:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Golf: Deutsche Bank Championship

    Sunday, Sep. 4 at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. New England

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLBL Kansas City at Boston

    Saturday at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

NFL Preseason
Thursday, Aug. 25
Atlanta 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
Miami 
 
Dallas 7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST9:00 CT6:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET1:00
Seattle 
Friday, Aug. 26
New England 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST6:30 CT3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30
Carolina 
 
Buffalo 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST6:30 CT3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30
Washington 
 
Pittsburgh 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
New Orleans 
 
Cleveland 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
Tampa Bay 
 
Green Bay 7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST9:00 CT6:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET1:00
San Francisco 
Saturday, Aug. 27
Kansas City 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
Chicago 
 
Detroit 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST6:00 CT3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00
Baltimore 
 
Philadelphia 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST6:00 CT3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00
Indianapolis 
 
NY Giants 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST6:30 CT3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30
NY Jets 
 
Tennessee 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
Oakland 
 
Los Angeles 6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 北京时间6:00 MST8:00 EST8:00 CT5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET0:00
Denver 
Sunday, Aug. 28
San Diego 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
Minnesota 
 
Arizona 1:25 PT2:25 MT3:25 CT4:25 ET20:25 GMT4:25 北京时间1:25 MST3:25 EST3:25 CT0:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET19:25
Houston 
 
Cincinnati 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
Jacksonville 
 
MLB Scoreboard
Interleague
Baltimore04:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Washington0
 
Kansas City 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Miami 
American League
Detroit8Final
Minnesota5
 
Boston1Final
Tampa Bay2
 
LA Angels04:07 PT5:07 MT6:07 CT7:07 ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 MST6:07 EST6:37 VEN3:07 UAE (+1)6:07 CT
Preview
Toronto0
 
Cleveland 5:05 PT6:05 MT7:05 CT8:05 ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 MST7:05 EST7:35 VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 CT
Preview
Texas 
 
Seattle 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Chi White Sox 
National League
NY Mets 4:15 PT5:15 MT6:15 CT7:15 ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 MST6:15 EST6:45 VEN3:15 UAE (+1)6:15 CT
Preview
St. Louis 
 
Pittsburgh 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Milwaukee 
 
Atlanta 6:40 PT7:40 MT8:40 CT9:40 ET21:40 ET1:40 GMT9:40 6:40 MST8:40 EST9:10 VEN5:40 UAE (+1)8:40 CT
Preview
Arizona 
 
San Francisco 7:10 PT8:10 MT9:10 CT10:10 ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 MST9:10 EST9:40 VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 CT
Preview
LA Dodgers 
 
ATP Scoreboard
Thursday, Aug. 25
Winston-Salem Open (ATP)
Quarterfinals
(1) R. Gasquet5 0    
J. Millman7 1    
(12) A. Kuznetsov 
(16) P. Carreno Bu 
(2) R. Bautista A 
Y. Lu 
(9) V. Troicki 
(15) F. Verdasco 
 
WTA Scoreboard
Thursday, Aug. 25
Connecticut Open (WTA)
Quarterfinals
(2) R. Vinci69 1    
J. Larsson711 6    
(10) E. Svitolina6 6    
E. Vesnina3 1    
(6) P. Kvitova 
E. Makarova 
(1) A. Radwanska 
K. Flipkens