The Seminoles haven’t played awful in Durham by any stretch, but they haven’t executed the winning or clutch plays. FSU has dropped back-to-back one-run games to the Blue Devils, as they did vs. the Red Raiders last week. When you get shaky defense and can’t produce any clutch hits, it’s hard to win games against good teams. FSU will look to avoid the sweep this afternoon with Conor Grady on the hill.
Grady had his first hiccup of the season last week, as the Red Raiders touched him up for two runs in three IP. Grady didn’t look like his normal self, not commanding the zone nor getting swing-and-misses on the off speed. He still has a 2.05 ERA and 0.85 WHIP through three starts. The junior’s focus will likely be on more competitive off-speed pitches on Sunday. He doesn’t have to throw it in the strike zone, but when he keeps it around it, the slider and changeup will induce weak contact at a high rate.
Jack Carey may have the best raw stuff of the Duke starters. Carey is a power arm, sitting from 93-94 and topping out at 95. He also boasts a sharp, power slider. Through 14 innings, the RHP has posted a 3.21 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. The sophomore has also struck out 16 batters in 14 innings.
FSU will go with the same lineup as yesterday in the Sunday golds.