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Duke shreds FSU in series finale

Florida State’s chances of sweeping were dashed quickly on Sunday afternoon in one of the Seminoles’ worst all-around games of the season.

Luke Storm, Damon Lux and Alex Stone had home runs, while RJ Schreck had a pair of RBI and Duke routed FSU 11-2.

FSU (16-7, 6-3) used nine pitchers on the afternoon as starter Ross Dunn ran into trouble in the first and second. Dunn pitched just 1.2 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks. He struck out three.

“We got whipped in every facet of the game,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “Didn’t get off to a good start and it continued. We got to flush it. Get rid of it. We stunk. They played well. Some things didn’t go our way. Just wasn’t our day. Plain and simple. Baseball is a finicky game.”

Dunn’s quick exit ended a run where FSU had three starters go seven innings — Carson Montgomery vs. UCF on Tuesday as well as Parker Messick on Friday and Bryce Hubbart on Saturday.

Conner Whittaker had two shutout innings. Martin Jr. said he wanted to use a variety of arms and not rack up too many pitchers on any reliever so that they all could be available for Tuesday’s game.

The Seminoles managed just two singles, one each by Reese Albert and Jackson Greene, before Jaime Ferrer’s two-run home run in the eighth inning. Ferrer’s shot was his fifth of the season. He also scored Albert, who had drawn a two-out walk, and prevented the Seminoles’ first shutout of 2022.

Duke had 14 hits, including three home runs and three doubles. Billy Seidl (2-1) allowed just two hits and two walks in 6.0 innings for the Blue Devils (12-12, 3-6).

FSU also had a pair of errors.

Despite a lopsided defeat on Sunday, FSU won its sixth series to start the 2022 season. The Seminoles’ only sweep came on opening weekend against James Madison.

Box score

The FSU – Duke box score can be viewed here.

Up next

No. 8 FSU plays No. 9 Florida at Jacksonville on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (SEC Network). The Seminoles play host to Notre Dame (12-5, 2-4 ACC) for a three-game series that begins on Friday. The Fighting Irish are ranked 11th by Baseball America.