It had been 20 years since Duke Baseball last won in Tallahassee, but the Blue Devils ended that drought by holding off a late rally, by upsetting the No. 4 ranked Seminoles 7-5 on Saturday.
“It was an incredibly tough effort by our players,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “Trent Swart stepped up unbelievably. He pitched an incredible game. I thought we had a really good offensive approach. So many guys had really good at bats. Our guys just wanted it. They’ve had such a great year, they really wanted this win. It’s the first time our seniors have beaten Florida State. I’m incredibly proud of them. It was a great way to pick up your first win versus this club.”
Duke may have won the battle, but the didn’t they didn’t win the war. Florida State shut out the Blue Devils in the opening game of the series 3-0 and held off a Duke rally in the second game, winning 9-8.
“We knew a few of the guys [Florida State] was bringing in had struggled with their command,” Pollard said. “We preached patience. We did a good job of using the hit by pitch. We were ready to capitalize on free offense.”
The win over Florida State gave Duke their 16th ACC win this season, tying the school record set back in 1994. Their conference wins came against Virginia, Notre Dame, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Florida State.
As postseason play starts, Duke heads to the ACC Championship. Duke clinched the No. 4 seed for the tournament.
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