TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Duke Blue Devils (25-29, 11-12 ACC) rallied, but fell just short on a sunny Saturday in Tallahassee, as the sixth-ranked Florida State Seminoles (44-8, 15-5 ACC) captured the series with a 3-2 win at JoAnne Graf Field.
After the Seminoles jumped ahead 2-0 through three innings, the Blue Devils charged back to cut the lead down to one twice. Raine Wilson’s sixth homer of the year, which now ties for the team lead, cut FSU’s advantage down to 2-1 in the top of the fourth.
The Seminoles pushed back ahead by two in the home half of the frame thanks to an RBI double to left, going ahead 3-1. That would not deter the Blue Devils, as they cut the lead back to one in the fifth. A one-out single from Marissa Gagliano would get things going for Duke, followed by a catcher’s interference call that would send Deja Davis to first safely. Rachel Abboud would single to load the bases for the Blue Devils, with Kristina Foreman driving home their second run on a sac fly to make it 3-2.
FSU would escape the jam without any further damage and keep the Blue Devils at bay over the final two frames to take the win and pick up the series victory.
Duke finished with five hits on the day, with Wilson and Foreman driving in the squad’s two runs. Abboud’s fifth-inning single moves her hitting streak to seven-straight games, two short of tying her career long and the school record, which she set earlier this season.
Brianna Butler (9-5) got the starting nod, going 2.0 innings with one strikeout and two walks. Amelia Wiercioch went 1.2 innings as the first out of the bullpen, fanning two, while Peyton St. George closed out the day with 2.1 innings of work and two walks.
Duke and No. 6 Florida State return for the final contest of the weekend on Sunday, with first pitch slated for noon ET. The contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
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