April 13, 2013
By: Scott Moriak, FSU Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 7 Florida State (29-6, 12-5 ACC) scored six run in the first three innings en route to defeating Duke (21-16, 8-9 ACC) 8-5 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
DJ Stewart continued to swing the bat well by extending his hitting streak to a team-high 10 games. He finished game one posting a career-high three hits in going 3-for-5 with two RBI as Florida State clinched the series victory over the Blue Devils. The Seminoles have now won five of six ACC series on the season and their last eight series at home against league foes.
Jose Brizuela ended a triple shy of the cycle in going 3-for-3 with a double in the second, home run in the third and a single in the fifth, along with a walk in the seventh. The junior third baseman tied a career-high in hits, a mark he has reached in each of the last two games.
Seth Miller wasted no time at the plate this afternoon, needing to see only 10 pitches over his five at bats in going 3-for-5 with a triple and a run scored.
Florida State got on the board in the second after Brizuela led off with a double to right field and scored on a sac-fly by Casey Smit.
The Seminoles broke it open in the third with five runs, led by a two-run home run Stephen McGee and a solo shot by Brizuela on back-to-back pitches. It was the first time that Florida State hit back-to-back home runs since Devon Travis and James Ramsey each went deep in the first inning against Maryland on May 5, 2012.
The five-run third also marked the 12th time that Florida State has scored five or more runs in an inning this season.
Brandon Leibrandt (5-3) worked a strong 7.0 plus innings giving up only one earned run, zero walks while scattering eight hits, including three infield singles. The sophomore southpaw tied a career high with 10 strikeouts which marked the first time that a Seminole pitcher has recorded 10 strikeouts this season.
After surrendering six runs in the first three innings, Duke starter Drew Van Orden (2-4) settled down to limit Florida State’s offense to only one run over the next 4.2 innings, allowing just five hits and posting eight strikeouts over that span. Van Orden finished with 7.0 innings pitched, giving up seven runs on 12 hits to go with two walks and eight strikeouts on 114 pitches.
Bryant Holtmann came on the pitch the final 2.0 innings of the game but Duke would not go down quietly as they scored four runs in the top of the ninth, all with two outs. Singles by Mark Lumpa and David Perkins, along with a hit by pitch to Andy Perez and a bases clearing double by Jeff Kremer made it a three run game, but the Seminoles were finally able to secure the victory as Grant McCabe grounded out to third. Holtmann gave up four runs on four hits, allowing a walk and struck out one.
The second game of the doubleheader will begin 45 minutes after the completion of the first. The game will be streamed live over the internet on Seminoles.com All-Access. Fans can also listen to the game on the All-Access player and locally on 100.7 FM. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Baseball and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball). Live stats for the game will be available via gametracker.