TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 7 Florida State scored two runs in the first and never looked back, defeating the Duke baseball team 16-2 in the series opener Friday evening at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles totaled 16 hits in the game with four FSU players going 3-for-4 at the plate.
The Blue Devils (21-15, 8-8 ACC) were unable to slow the Seminole offense as FSU scored a pair in the first and scored at least two runs in each of the final five frames. Right fielder Brett Knief, left fielder Marcus Davis, third baseman Jose Brizuela and second baseman John Sansone registered three hits each. The quartet combined to score nine runs and drive in 10 RBI.
The Seminoles (28-6, 11-5 ACC) wasted little time putting runs on the board, scoring a pair of runs on three hits in the bottom of the first. Knief and center fielder DJ Stewart both singled and Davis drove in the first run of the series with a base hit up the middle. Catcher Reed Anthes threw out Davis attempting to steal second, but Stewart was able to score on the play.
Trailing 2-0, redshirt sophomore Chris Marconcini launched his third home run in as many games to cut Florida State’s lead to 2-1. The homer was Marconcini’s eighth of the season and the first allowed by FSU starter Luke Weaver in the 2013 campaign. Junior Mark Lumpa also extended his hit streak to seven games with a base hit in the inning.
Duke had a chance to take the lead in the third as senior Jeff Kremer and sophomore Grant McCabe recorded back-to-back two-out singles to place runners at the corners. McCabe was able to steal second, but Weaver got the strikeout to end the inning.
A hit batter ignited an FSU rally in the fourth as the Seminoles scored four runs in the inning. Brizuela singled and first baseman John Nogowski drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Sansone knocked in two runs with a base hit. A Knief sacrifice fly and Stewart single accounted for the final runs of the frame.
The Seminoles registered four runs on four hits in the fifth with RBI singles from Brizuela and Nogowski before a two-run Davis homer in the sixth made it 12-1 in Florida State’s favor. The Seminoles plated two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to close out the game.
Duke added its final run of the game on an RBI single off the bat of Kremer in the top of the eighth. Duke’s right fielder was 3-for-4 on the night to lead the Blue Devils.
Weaver (5-0) earned the victory, giving up just the one run on Marconcini’s solo home run in the second. Weaver tossed seven innings and scattered six hits, striking out six without issuing a walk.
Duke left-hander Trent Swart (4-2) suffered the loss, allowing a season-high nine runs – eight earned - on 10 hits in 4.1 innings of work. Swart walked three, struck out three and hit one batter.
Duke and Florida State are set for a doubleheader Saturday, starting at 4 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium.