The fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles lost their final regular-season game of 2014 Sunday, dropping a 7-5 game to the Duke Blue Devils.
Duke got to Seminole starter Peter Miller quickly, notching two runs in the top of the first, the big hit being an RBI double by Chris Marconcini. While the lead was cut in half when Jose Brizuela scored on a sacrifice fly from Danny De La Calle in the second, the Blue Devils did further damage in the third, when Ryan Deitrich’s second homer in as many days paced a three-run Duke inning against reliever Jim Voyles.
Taylor Blatch and Alec Bird allowed a run apiece in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively, and the Blue Devils’ lead was 7-1.
FSU did mount a late comeback, beginning in the seventh, when Brizuela picked up his third hit of the day and scored on Justin Gonzalez’s two-run bomb. Two more came across in the ‘Nole ninth, when a Hank Truluck single plated Brizuela and a Gonzalez sac fly scored Ben DeLuzio, but the Seminoles came up short and suffered a 7-5 defeat, despite outhitting Duke 8-7.
Next up is the ACC Tournament, which begins Tuesday in Greensboro, NC. The top four seeds, in order, are Miami, FSU, Virginia, and Duke. The Hurricanes and Blue Devils are in Pool A, while the ‘Noles and Cavs headline Group B.