No. 12 Duke topped No. 14 Florida State 2-1 Friday evening in an ACC-opening pitcher’s duel at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
FSU starter CJ Van Eyk (1-1) allowed three hits in six innings, but Duke’s Bryce Jarvis (3-1) gave up just one hit in seven innings while dropping his earned run average to 0.67.
Van Eyk struck out six batters and consistently worked around runners on base. Jarvis retired the first 20 batters of the game for the Blue Devils.
Duke (11-2, 1-0 ACC) put together a pair of hits in the first inning, the second an RBI single off the bat of Michael Rothenberg with two outs. Van Eyk did not allow another hit until Wil Hoyle singled to open the seventh inning, the last batter the right-hander faced. Jonah Scolaro entered with a runner on first and got FSU out of trouble with a pair of strikeouts and a grounder to Carter Smith at first base.
Florida State (9-4, 0-1) did not have a baserunner until there were two outs in the seventh inning. Robby Martin reached after a wild pitch on a strikeout, Elijah Cabell followed with FSU’s lone hit to left field and Reese Albert reached on a full count wild pitch. Jarvis got out of the jam with a strikeout to Smith.
Travis Girard took over for Duke in the eighth inning and struck out five of the seven batters he faced.
Duke scored an unearned insurance run in the eighth inning after Rothenberg reached on a fielding error and scored on pinch hitter Chris Crabtree’s RBI double. The run proved vital as Tyler Martin walked in the ninth inning, moved to second and third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on Robby Martin’s groundout. Elijah Cabell struck out to end the game.
The box score from Friday’s game can be viewed here in PDF format.
FSU and Duke play game 2 on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will stream live on ACC Network Extra.