TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Hunter Scantling scattered three hits and two runs over six innings, and No. 10 Florida State backed him with five doubles and a homer to take game two over Duke, 10-3, on Saturday evening at Dick Howser Stadium.
One of the runs charged to Scantling (3-0) was unearned, as the 6-8, 270-pound right-hander struck out five and limited Duke to just six base runners. Scantling retired the first nine batters he faced and never relinquished the lead after the Seminoles scored twice in the first inning.
Florida State (30-10, 13-7 ACC) got a pair of doubles and two runs from two-hitter Sherman Johnson, who was one of five Seminoles with an RBI. Sherman and the rest of the 1-4 combination of leadoff man Devon Travis, three-hitter Mike McGee and cleanup hitter James Ramsey combined for six hits, five RBI and six runs. Five-hitter Jayce Boyd also added his fourth home run of the season in the seventh inning.
Duke starter Marcus Stroman (1-3) took the loss despite nine strikeouts over his five innings of work. The Seminoles touched Stroman up for six runs before pushing across four more against Duke relievers Ben Grisz and Mark Lumpa.
Freshmen Jordan Betts and Aaron Cohn drove in Duke’s only two RBI, and junior Will Piwnica-Worms, senior Dennis O'Grady and sophomore Jeff Kremer each crossed the plate for Duke. Cohn contributed an RBI for the second straight game, Piwnica-Worms stole his team-leading 17th base of the season and Kremer reached base safely for the 32nd consecutive game.
Florida State elcomed Stroman to the game with back-to-back leadoff doubles from Travis and Johnson, which eventually led to a 2-0 lead when McGee singled in both runners. Stroman rebounded to strike out three of the next four hitters, however, and used five strikeouts to record the first six outs.
Stroman kept Florida State scoreless in the second and third, and Duke’s offense adjusted to Scantling in the fourth to score a run. Kremer started the rally with a leadoff double that banged off the top of the 30-plus foot wall down the right field line and advanced to third on a deep fly ball to straightaway center field by Chris Marconcini. Betts then drove him in with a seeing-eye single that rolled through the left side before Scantling finally ended the inning by rolling a double-play ground ball.
After another scoreless frame in the bottom of the fourth, however, the Seminole bats came alive in the fifth and scored four runs to extend their lead to 6-1. Florida State needed just two hits after taking advantage of two walks and three wild pitches. Stroman then recorded two more strikeouts to end the inning, which would be his last as Grisz took over in the bottom of the sixth.
The Blue Devils took one of those runs back in their next turn when Piwnica-Worms, who entered the game with the fourth-most stolen bases in the ACC, came to the plate and was hit in the helmet by a pitch. Piwnica-Worms shook off the hit, jogged down to first, and then sparked the scoring play when he took off for second base on the next pitch. Piwnica-Worms slid into second base on the next pitch, but catcher Parker Brunelle’s throw sailed into center field, and Piwnica-Worms took off for third. McGee, who fielded the ball in the outfield, then fired a throw to third base, but it was well over the head of his third baseman and landed in the Duke dugout to give Piwnica-Worms a free pass to the plate.
The Seminoles quickly took that run back and added another in the bottom of the sixth, however, when they used a walk, single and a double to score twice against Grisz and extend their lead to 8-2. Designated hitter Seth Miller drove in the first with an RBI single, and Johnson knocked in the other with his second double of the day.
Florida State would add two more runs in the bottom of the seventh against Lumpa before the Duke duo of David Putman and Josh Ruffin took over and held Florida State scoreless for the rest of the game. Duke would manage one more run on an RBI groundout by pinch hitter Cohn that O’Grady, who led off the top of the ninth with a double down the left field line.
The series between Duke and Florida State concludes on Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m. Duke will give right-handed freshman Robert Huber (4-0, 3.23 ERA) his first career ACC start after giving Duke three straight quality starts in a midweek role. Huber will start opposite Florida State right-hander David Trexler (2-0, 2.19 ERA).