Noles clinch ACC with a pair of wins over Duke

FSU improved to 46-8-1 overall on the season, and 18-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while the the Blue Devils fell to 16-33 and 2-20 in conference play. The Seminoles will go for the sweep on Saturday at 1:30 with Daniel Davidson (8-0, 2.08) on the mound.

DICK HOWSER STADIUM

AT BAT   AVG     BB K   OUT   H/E
4   402     3 2   2   H
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
FSU 5 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 0   11 13 1

Duke

0 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 0   6 9 1
Cash Hall
700 N. Woodward
Tallahassee, FL 32304
850-222-0674
Osceola Hall
500 Chapel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
850-222-5010
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

DICK HOWSER STADIUM

AT BAT   AVG     BB K   OUT   H/E
4   402     3 2   2   H
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
FSU 0 4 5 0 0 3 0 0 0   12 13 2

Duke

0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0   7 8 1
Cash Hall
700 N. Woodward
Tallahassee, FL 32304
850-222-0674
Osceola Hall
500 Chapel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
850-222-5010
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

In game one, Tony McQuade homered twice, with a solo shot in the fifth inning, and a grand slam in the sixth, to lead the Seminoles past the Blue Devils.

Trent Peterson (10-1) picked up his tenth win of the season, with five innings of four-hit baseball. Peterson gave up two runs, but struck out nine batters without walking any. Mark Sauls didn't fare as well, giving up four runs on four hits in two innings of relief for the Noles. Matt DiBlasi and Rhett James also saw time on the mound.

Stephen Drew led the game off with a single up the middle and moved to third on a single to center by McQuade. Tony Richie then brought Drew home with a single through the left side before Jerrod Brown singled in McQuade to make it 3-0. Blake Balkcom then brought home both Richie and Brown with a double to left field, that capped of a five-run inning.

Duke got on the board in the fourth inning when catcher Troy Caradonna doubled off of Peterson to bring in two runs.

The Seminoles got one of those runs back with McQuade's lead-off solo homerun in the next frame.

An inning later, Florida State loaded the bases with no outs when Chris Hart walked, Bryan Zech singled, and Matt Sauls reached on an error. After Drew popped up, McQuade's grand slam to right field ripped the game open and gave the Noles a 10-2 lead.

After Duke managed three runs in the bottom of the sixth, and one more in the seventh off of Mark Sauls, Florida State ended the scoring in the eighth when Zech reached on an infield single, moved to second on another one by Matt Sauls, and scored on a pinch-hit single to right by Kevin Richmond.

Matt Lynch (11-3) earned the win in game two, with five shutout innings, allowing five hits while striking out five batters, and walking only one. Glen Simon, Kevin Lynch, Hunter Jones, Rhett James, and Daniel Hodges also pitched for the Noles in game two.

The Seminoles started the scoring-fest in game two in the second inning when Brown singled and scored when Hart doubled to left-center. Aaron Cheesman then brought Hart in with a single to right to make it 3-0. After Danny Wardell was hit by a pitch, and Drew reached on an infield single, McQuade drew the bases-loaded walk to give the Noles a 4-0 lead.

An inning later, Balkcom doubled and Zech walked to put two on with no outs. After Hart flew out, Cheesman picked up two RBIs with a single to right-center that scored Balkcom and Zech. Wardell then doubled to right before Drew hit a three-run homerun down the rightfield line that gave FSU a 9-0 lead.

After two scoreless innings, Florida State picked up three more runs in the top of the sixth when Drew made it to first on an bunt single, and moved to third on an error when Richie reached on a fielder's choice. Jerrod Brown then singled in both Drew and Richie before scoring from first on a Zech double to left.

Duke put together a big inning in the seventh which began with a a no-out, bases-loaded single by shortstop Adam Murray off of Kevin Lynch. Rightfielder Brian Patrick was then hit by a pitch to force in the Blue Devil's second run of the game. Jones was then brought in to relieve Lynch, and struck out the first batter before giving up a ground ball to third that scored a run but got the second out of the inning. Duke's fourth run of the inning scored when Kevin Richmond bobbled a ball hit by designated hitter Drew Jerden, that allowed Murray to score. Thirdbaseman John Berger followed that up with a three-run homerun that cut the Seminole lead to 12-7.

FSU improved to 46-8-1 overall on the season, and 18-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while the the Blue Devils fell to 16-33 and 2-20 in conference play. The Seminoles will go for the sweep on Saturday at 1:30 with Daniel Davidson (8-0, 2.08) on the mound.

With the wins, Florida State will go into next week's ACC Tournament in Salem, VA as the #1 seed and face the winner of Tuesday night's Duke vs Maryland game at 1:30 on Wednesday afternoon.

Section B Online Player of the Game: Game 1: Tony McQuade (3-4, 3 R, 5 RBI, HR, Grand Slam), Game 2: Stephen Drew (4-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR)

Click here for a complete boxscore for game 1

Click here for a complete boxscore for game 2


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