DICK HOWSER STADIUM
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
No. 3 Florida State (45-12, 12-6 ACC) defeated Duke (21-27, 3-15 ACC) by a score of 13-3 and extended its season-best winning streak to 11 games in front of 1,807 fans Tuesday evening at Dick Howser Stadium. Blair Varnes (6-3) earned the win and made Florida State history by moving into 10th all-time with 301 career strikeouts. Varnes worked six innings and gave up three earned runs on eight hits, striking out four and walking one.
FSU took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jerrod Brown's RBI-single to left plated Stephen Drew from third and Nick Rogers followed with a base hit to left as well to bring home Blair McCaleb for the second run of the inning. Drew led off the inning with a double to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Duke wasted no time evening up the score with two runs in the top of the second. Mike Miello hit a liner just outside the reach of Drew up the middle for a two-run single to tie the game.
Larry Broadway's double to left center scored Kevin Kelly from first to give Duke their first lead of the game at 3-2 in the top of the third.
Ryan Barthelemy hit his 16th home run of the season in the bottom half of the inning, to bring the game to a 3-3 tie.
The Seminoles took the lead for good with a run in the fourth. Drew was hit by pitch, moved to third on a failed pick-off attempt and scored on a wild pitch for the lead.
Florida State extended their lead to 7-3 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth on a pair of home runs. Rogers hit his eighth of the season, a solo shot over the wall in right center, and Tony Richie's two-run homer concluded the scoring in the fifth.
The Tribe added three runs in the sixth and seventh innings for the final of 13-3. The 49 runs in the series are the second-most runs scored in an ACC series for the Seminoles. Florida State scored 56 runs in a series at Maryland in 1997. FSU has now swept each of the last four weekend series.
Rogers (4-for-4) and Brown (3-for-5) paced the Seminoles offensively. Rogers had five RBI, including a solo homer in the fifth.
FSU will host Maryland this weekend in the final home series of the regular season. Game times are set for 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1:00 p.m on Sunday.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Nick Rogers (4-4, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, spectacular catch)