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FSU's Continues To Falter With 3-1 Loss To Duke

Florida State's late season slide continued with a 3-1 loss to Duke.

Florida State lost their fourth game in a row, and lost the series against Duke after a 3-1 loss on Saturday. Starter Cole Sands falls to 4-5 on the season. 

Duke got on the board in the bottom of the first inning after a wild pitch by Sands to take a 1-0 lead. It was the eighth straight ACC game where the Seminoles opponent scored first, and the sixth time out of those eight games where the other team scored in the first inning. 

Florida State bounced back with a run of their own in the top of the second on a safety squeeze bunt by Ben DeLuzio. Duke responded right away with another run in the bottom half of the second on another wild pitch by Sands. 

Neither team was able to get much going until the sixth inning where Sands gave up a solo home run to right field to make it 3-1.

Sands was relieved by Chase Haney at the top of the seventh inning. He went 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. Haney gave up 1 hit in the seventh, but got out of the inning unscathed. He was replaced by Alec Byrd at the top of the eighth. Byrd worked around a 1-out single to keep the Seminoles down 3-1 heading into the ninth.

The Seminoles had a chance in the ninth, but another base running mistake killed the rally.

Florida State falls to 32-17 on the season and 14-8 in the ACC. The Seminoles will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday, May 15 at 1 PM.

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