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|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
#1 seed Florida State defeated the Duke Blue Devils 10-7 on Wednesday to advance in the ACC Tournament, but had to climb out of a 5-0 hole after the first inning to do so. Robby Read started the game, but struggled through two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on three hits before being relieved by Trent Peterson. Peterson pitched brilliantly, giving up only three hits and struck out four batters before Justin Miller took over in the ninth. Miller loaded the bases in the top of the ninth with two outs before Daniel Hodges came in and got the final batter of the game to pop-up.
Duke got their runs in the first when Kevin Kelly walked and Larry Broadway singled to right-center. Another single by Tim Layden brought home Kelly and a sacrifice fly by Bryan Smith plated Broadway. After a walk to Troy Caradona, Grant Stanley doubled to left to bring home two more runs. After Peterson came in to pitch, Doug Bechtol doubled to left for Duke's final run of the inning.
After two scoreless innings, the Noles got on the board in the third when Stephen Drew singled, stole second, and scored on a double to right to cut the Blue Devil lead to 5-1.
Two innings later, Drew made it 5-2 with a homerun over the wall in right.
In the seventh, Mike Futrell led off with a single to left and moved to second on a single by McQuade. A walk to Blair McCaleb loaded the bases before Jerrod Brown singled in Futrell and McQuade. After a pitching change, Tony Richie singled in McCaleb to make a 5-5 ballgame.
FSU surged ahead in the next frame when Futrell singled and stole second before scoring on a triple by McQuade. After an intentional walk to Ryan Barthelemy, McCaleb drew another walk to load the bases. A single by Jerrod Brown scored two runs and gave the Seminoles a 6-4 lead. After another pitching change by Duke, Richie double to left to bring home Scott Toole who was pinch-running for McCaleb, and Brown to give the Noles a 10-5 lead.
Miller allowed two runs in the ninth before Hodges closed it out, to give the Seminoles a 10-7 win.
FSU improved to 52-12 on the season and will play Clemson at 5:00 on Thursday. Duke fell to 24-33 and will play Georgia Tech in the loser's bracket at 10:00 am.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Trent Peterson (7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R 1 BB, 4 K)