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3 up, 3 down: No. 11 FSU baseball drops series to No. 12 Duke

Make it another one-run loss for the ‘Noles.

Florida State hosts Stetson Steve Johnson

For the second straight day and fourth time this season, FSU dropped a one-run game in a 4-3 loss to Duke. The Blue Devils took the series from the ‘Noles behind another shaky day in the field for Florida State. The Seminoles will continue to lose one-run games if they can’t play at least average defense and hit with runners on base. FSU will look to steal one from Duke tomorrow at 1:00 PM with Conor Grady on the mound.

Three up

  • Shane Drohan’s stat line doesn’t do his performance justice today. The lefty gave up four runs, but threw the ball extremely effective today. The junior completed five innings for the first time this season and came one out short of a career high innings pitched. In 5.1 IP, Drohan threw 97 pitches and gave up five hits and two walks. Two of the hits were bloopers, while another was on a misplayed bunt. Both of his walks came in the sixth inning. He also struck out 6 batters. If it weren’t for the bloopers and a misplayed bunt, the results would’ve been much different. The efficiency and command improvements are a huge development for this pitching staff.
  • Elijah Cabell continues to produce when he puts the bat on the ball. The sophomore unloaded for a no-doubt, solo home run in the fourth inning to get the ‘Noles on the board. It was Cabell’s sixth homer of the year and fifth that went to the opposite field. 55% of his 11 hits this season have been homers. He also reached base three other times today, walking twice and getting HBP once. He leads the team in homers, RBI, on base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. The right-handed hitter is reaching base in 53% of his plate appearances so far this year.
  • Reese Albert has had an extremely slow start to 2020, but started to show some life today. The junior posted two hits and a stolen base on the day. A bloop single over the short stop’s head got Albert going. He hadn’t seen much ball luck this year, hitting a lot of hard hit balls right at guys. In the 7th inning, a line drive shot found outfield grass for a two-RBI double to bring the ‘Noles within one. When he’s put the ball in play, he’s produced. Five of his nine hits have gone for extra bases.

Three down

  • FSU lost this game because of their situational hitting. The Seminoles just couldn’t get the job done in high-leverage situations. Florida State left 15 men on base today, while Duke stranded just three. The biggest came in the seventh and eighth innings. Both innings, FSU had the tying run at third with less than two outs. They didn’t even need a hit, just a productive out to tie the game up. Instead, FSU struck out three times and popped out once, not bringing the tying run across the plate. FSU also stranded a man at second in the ninth. The clutch hits just aren’t there for this team right now.
  • The defense continues to be the weak spot for this team. The defense fell apart in the third inning, as they made just one error but misplayed two other balls. With two on and no outs, Drohan missed a bunt right back to the mound which went for a single. With two outs, Cabell let a blooper drop in left after taking a few steps back on the ball. What should’ve been an easy out, fell for a 2-RBI single. Tyler Martin also made an error to extend the inning, but it didn’t result in any runs.
  • Nander De Sedas had another tough day at the plate. The sophomore went 0-5 at the plate and had two strike outs. He also left two men on base. De Sedas is now hitting .160 with a .483 OPS on the season. He has to get it going soon or FSU will have no depth in the lineup.

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