May 16, 2003
DURHAM, N.C. – The top-ranked Florida State Seminoles swept a doubleheader from the Duke Blue Devils Friday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field. FSU won Game One, 11-6, and Game Two, 12-7, to clinch their sixth Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship and the top seed in next week’s league tournament.
Junior left fielder Tony McQuade hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the Seminoles to victory in the first game of the day. Junior right fielder Blake Balkcom’s two-run double highlighted a five-run first inning for the Seminoles while McQuade’s grand slam in the sixth increased Florida State’s lead to 10-2. Duke senior catcher Troy Caradonna was 2-for-3 with a team-high four RBIs to lead the Blue Devils and freshman shortstop Adam Murray had three hits in the game.
FSU left hander Trent Peterson (10-1) earned the win, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out nine in 5.0 innings. Senior right hander Jeff Alleva (3-7) took the loss after giving up five runs in the first inning.
Florida State struck early in Game Two with four runs in the second inning and five in the third en route to a 12-7 win over the Blue Devils.
FSU sent 10 batters to the plate in the second frame as it took a 4-0 lead. The ‘Noles increased their lead to 9-0 with a five-run third inning, highlighted by sophomore shortstop Stephen Drew’s three-run home run.
After the Seminoles made it a 12-0 game with three runs in the sixth inning, Duke cut the lead to 12-7 in the seventh inning. The Blue Devils scored seven runs in the seventh inning, capped by freshman third baseman John Berger’s first career home run, a three-run shot with two outs.
Drew went 4-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs to lead all players in Game Two. Berger and freshman second baseman Michael Golom led Duke with two hits apiece.
Senior Matt Lynch (11-3) pitched five scoreless innings, striking out five, to pick up the win for FSU. Freshman Russell Durfee (0-4) took the loss for the Blue Devils, giving up four runs in 1.2 innings.
Duke (16-33, 2-20 ACC) and FSU (46-8-1, 18-5 ACC) conclude the series with a 1:30 p.m. game on Saturday.