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Three up, three down: FSU baseball blown out by Duke in ACC Tournament

‘Noles can’t recover after Duke’s five-run first.

No. 23 Florida State baseball (29-22, 20-17 ACC) was blown out by Duke in the ACC Tournament by a score of 12-1 today. Duke jumped on the Seminoles early with a five-run first inning and never looked back. The Blue Devils posted crooked numbers in three separate games. At the plate, the Seminoles produced just four hits and one walk. On the mound, the Seminoles allowed 12 hits and eight walks. In the field, FSU made two errors. The Seminoles will end their ACC Tournament on Friday against Miami at 3:00 PM.

Three up

  • Robby Martin produced the only Seminole run of the day. Martin got every bit of a 1-0 pitch in the fourth inning. The outfielder sent a towering fastball well over the center field for a one-out solo shot. It was Martin’s second straight game with a homer and his 11th of the season. Martin also dropped a single into left field in the 9th inning for a mutli-hit game. His average is up to .260.
  • Elijah Cabell also had a solid day at the plate with multiple hard hit balls. Cabell followed Martin’s homer with a line-drive single into right field for a one-out single. In the seventh inning, Cabell ripped the seventh pitch of the inning up the middle. The hard hit ball was ruled an error as it hit the second baseman’s glove, but it was another good sign that Cabell is seeing the ball well.
  • Jonah Scolaro had the cleanest inning of the nine FSU pitchers that threw today. Scolaro took the mound in the seventh down eight runs. Scolaro struck out the leadoff man before inducing a one pitch groundout to short. The southpaw ended the inning with a five-pitch strikeout. Scolaro’s season ERA sits at 2.49.

Three down

  • The first inning was a disaster for the Seminoles. Bryce Hubbart got the start for FSU and entered the game with a 3.42 ERA. Joey Loperfido sneaked a leadoff single through the right side of the infield. After a walk, RJ Schreck gave Duke the lead just three batters in with a single up the middle. Another walk loaded the bases and ended Hubbart’s day. Tyler Ahearn entered the game and was greeted by a grand slam off the bat of Michael Rothenberg to make it a 5-0 game in the top of the 1st. Tyler Martin led off the bottom half with a double down the left field line. He was stranded there after three straight strikeouts ended the inning. Hubbart’s ERA jumped to 3.97 after not recording an out and allowing four ER.
  • Last week, Florida State struggled to post shut down innings after scoring runs against NC State. FSU only scored once today, but it was more of the same from FSU’s pitching staff. After Martin’s homer in the fourth, the Seminoles entered the fifth trailing by five. Brandon Walker, who set a career high 1.2 IP and three K’s today, allowed a leadoff double. The runner was moved to third on a groundout before Mike Martin Jr. brought Ross Dunn in. Dunn allowed the run to score on a wild pitch and was then pulled after a walk and another wild pitch. Andrew Armstrong entered the game and allowed back-to-back hits as the Duke lead was extended to eight runs.
  • Outside of three hitters, the Seminoles had nothing going at the plate today. The 6-9 hitters were a combined 0-12 with one walk and seven strikeouts. Martheu Nelson and Logan Lacey were a combined 0-7 with three K’s and a walk. As a team, the Seminoles struck out 13 times.