TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 10 Florida State (24-11, 8-8 ACC) fell 7-1 to No. 10 Duke (29-7, 11-5) in the series opener Friday evening on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Starting pitcher Cole Sands (6-2) allowed three first inning runs before leaving in the fifth inning with shoulder tightness.
Head coach Mike Martin said after the game he expects Sands to be available to pitch next week at Boston College.
Austin Pollock made his second relief appearance of the season, pitching 4.1 innings on limited rest after Sands abruptly exited.
Kyle Cavanaugh had FSU’s lone RBI in the fourth inning.
Behind 6.2 innings from Adam Laskey (6-2), Duke’s three first-inning runs proved more than enough. Aided by a pair of outfield errors by the Seminoles, the Blue Devils got three hits in the inning before Sands and Pollock combined to keep Duke scoreless for the next seven innings.
FSU hit just 2-for-17 with runners on base and left a runner on base seven times. Reese Albert was 2-for-2 with a walk, reaching in all three plate appearances, and was the only Seminole with multiple hits. FSU hit into three double plays on the evening.
Ethan DeCaster earned his fifth save of the season, pitching the final 2.1 innings and allowing just one hit and one hit by pitch.
Chris Proctor had three hits and three RBI for the ACC Coastal Division-leading Blue Devils.
Florida State and Duke play game two of the series Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The game will stream live on WatchESPN with commentary from Eric Luallen.
Luallen will be on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM and nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.
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