Florida State dropped its third one-run game of the season in a 2-1 loss at Duke. The winning run for Duke came across the plate unearned, as the defense bit FSU again. The bats were simply overmatched by extremely talented pitchers. Florida State had more errors than hits on the day. The Seminoles will look to even up the series tomorrow at 1:00 PM with Shane Drohan on the mound.
- CJ Van Eyk was sensational today and did everything he could to keep FSU in the game. The junior had his best outing of the season as he worked 6+ innings of one-run ball. After giving up two hits in the first inning, Van Eyk allowed just one other hit for the rest of his outing. The junior was also efficient, throwing 88 pitches for 14.7 pitches per inning. He did a good job of mixing all four of his pitches and keeping them around the zone. The curveball looked as sharp as ever and was his best pitch of the day. The RHP gave up just two walks on the day, throwing 68.2% strikes. When Van Eyk throws like this, FSU will always be in the game and he’ll spare the bullpen lots of innings.
- Since being moved to second base and back to short stop, Nander De Sedas has shown what his potential and skill set in the field. The sophomore has made just one error in the last six games and put on an absolute show at short stop today. De Sedas made not only routine plays, but advanced plays like easy. He snagged a liner to his right for an out, backhanded a hard-hit grounder and threw a flame to first for an out, and also made two unreal scoops and throws on the run to steal hits from the Blue Devils. When he plays defense like this, FSU’s defense will be in good shape.
- Jonah Scolaro bounced back from a tough outing against Mercer on Tuesday. The junior relieved Van Eyk and didn’t allow an earned run in 1.1 innings of work. Scolaro also didn’t allow a hit while walking just one. The LHP also struck out two batters. Tonight was the sharpest Scolaro has looked so far this season.
- FSU just had nothing going on offense today. Some of it had to do with their own approach, but most of it had to do with the talent of Duke’s pitchers. Bryce Jarvis and Thomas Girard made Florida State hitters look silly all day. The Seminoles produced just one hit, which didn’t come until the seventh inning, and two walks. The ‘Noles were 1-29 on the day with 17 strikeouts. Florida State’s bats were simply overpowered today. You don’t expect this lineup to put up big numbers on aces like Jarvis, but FSU could barely put the ball in play and had trouble working his pitch count. The Seminoles will get another tough test with Cooper Stinson, who hasn’t given up a run this season, on the mound tomorrow.
- Van Eyk’s only hiccup of the day came in the first inning. When Van Eyk does get hit, it’s usually in the first inning before he settles in. Duke’s Ethan Murray and Michael Rothenberg both took advantage of poor two-strike pitches. The righty left a 2-2 fastball over the heart of the plate, as Murray drove it off the top of the blue monster for a 1-out double. Later in the inning, Rothenberg got a handle of a hanging 0-2 changeup for a 2-out, RBI-single. It was a great day for CJ, but when he’s up in the count and with his stuff, he needs to put batters away or at least keep the ball off the plate.
- The Seminoles made two errors on the day and allowed one unearned run. In the fourth inning, Elijah Cabell dropped a routine fly ball that extended the inning with two outs and cost Van Eyk a batter. It was the second time this season that a FSU outfielder dropped a routine fly ball. In the eighth inning, Tyler Martin short armed a throw which led to the leadoff man getting on for Duke. Carter Smith should’ve easily picked the ball, but it skipped past him. The runner came around to score on a two-out double for an unearned run which ended up being Duke’s winning run. FSU can’t win close games when the defense makes multiple errors.