Duke Tops FSU 7-5 in Regular Season Finale

A rough pitching outing was too much for the Seminoles to overcome as they drop the series finale to Duke 7-5.

Starting pitcher Peter Miller's Senior Day did not go as well as he had hoped. He lasted only 1.0+ innings while giving up 2 runs on two hits and three walks. He threw 34 pitches but only 16 were strikes. Florida State brought in the lightly used Jim Voyles to take over for Miller. Voyles got out of the second inning, but ran into trouble in the third as Duke put up three runs on three hits and one walk including a two run homerun by Ryan Deitrich. To push the lead to 5-1. Duke added another run in the fourth inning off of Taylor Blatch and their final run came off Alec Byrd in the sixth to push the lead to 7-1.

The Seminoles battled back in the later innings thanks to Justin Gonzalez's homerun which pulled Florida State within four. The Seminoles plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth and were five feet to the left of tying the game on Justin Gonzalez's just foul blast. He flew out to the warning track on the next pitch. Ladson Montgomery grounded one hard back up the middle, but an excellent play by the Duke second baseman ended the game and helped Duke secure the fourth seed in the ACC Tournament.

Florida State will be the No. 2 seed in the ACC tournament on the same side of the bracket as the No. 1 team in the country Virginia who is the No. 3 seed in the tournament. Miami grabbed the No. 1 seed with their series clinching victory over North Carolina on Saturday.

Florida State finishes the regular season 41-14 and 21-9 in the ACC. The Seminoles are in prime position to be a national seed and host both a regional and super regional. The Seminoles will have to wait to find out who their game one opponent is due to the new play in games.


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