DURHAM, N.C. — No. 12 Duke (12-2, 2-0 ACC) clinched the weekend series against No. 14 Florida State (9-5, 0-2), topping the Seminoles 4-3 Saturday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. FSU stranded 15 runners in the game, including at least two in five different innings.
Shane Drohan (0-1) pitched into the sixth inning for the third time in his career, allowing four runs on five hits with just two walks. The left-hander struck out six Blue Devil hitters on 97 pitches.
Cooper Stinson picked up his third win of the year for Duke, allowing a run in five innings. Elijah Cabell’s fourth-inning home run was the first run Stinson allowed this season.
Duke struck first with three runs in the third inning, the last two on a single from Michael Rothenberg. Cabell’s sixth home run of the year, in the fourth inning, cut FSU’s deficit to 3-1.
After a perfect fourth and fifth inning from Drohan, Duke drew a pair of walks in the sixth when FSU went to the bullpen with one out. Antonio Velez gave up an RBI single but struck out two batters to keep the deficit at 4-1. Velez pitched the final 2.2 innings in relief without allowing a run.
A day after having just one hit, FSU had eight Saturday, including Reese Albert’s two-run double against Jimmy Loper in the seventh inning that made the score 4-3. Dylan Simmons singled to put runners on the corners, but Eli Herrick struck out Logan Lacey and Nander De Sedas to end the frame. For the day, FSU left 15 runners on base.
Thomas Girard earned his second save in as many days, striking out three in the final 1.2 innings.
Albert, Simmons and Lacey each had a pair of hits, while Cabell was on base four times.
The series finale between the Seminoles and Blue Devils is Sunday at 1:00 p.m. RHP Conor Grady is looking for his third win of the year, while RHP Jack Carey will take the mound for Duke with a 1-0 record.
Fans can watch all games this weekend on the ACC Network Extra, listen on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM or nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.