DURHAM, N.C. – Florida State senior captain John Sansone was responsible for a career-high three doubles in the sixth-ranked Seminoles’ (33-17, 15-8 ACC) 4-3 victory over Duke (31-21, 12-15 ACC) on Sunday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Sansone, who finished 3-for-4 on the afternoon, was one of four Seminole hitters to record multiple hits and one RBI. The others included Taylor Walls (2-5, 2 runs, HR), Dylan Busby (2-4) and Ben DeLuzio (2-3).
FSU also received a solid performance from its pitching staff, including starter Ed Voyles, who yielded two runs—one earned—on five hits in 3.2 innings. Ed Voyles gave way to his brother Jim Voyles, who posted his sixth win of the season after allowing one earned run and one hit in 2.1 innings of work. It marked Jim Voyles’ first appearance on the mound since being struck in the head against Notre Dame (April 24).
After the combination of Chase Haney and Alec Byrd held Duke’s offense hitless, redshirt senior Tyler Warmoth took over on the mound. Warmoth recorded the final out of the eighth inning for the Seminoles before returning in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.
“When you start talking about the big win today you start with the pitchers,” said head coach Mike Martin. “Our five pitchers did an outstanding job and I am very pleased that they kept the game in check against a very good offensive club. Duke had played exceptionally well, but we kept our poise.
“John’s big day at the plate helped,” said Martin of Sansone’s three doubles. “Taylor Walls’ home run was also important, but it all goes back to the outstanding pitching because that’s the only way that you are going to get wins is to get quality pitching and that exactly what we got today.”
The Blue Devils scored the first run of the game in the second inning following an error by Henderson that allowed Zack Kone to reach base. Two batters later Jimmy Herron doubled off the left field wall to plate Kone for the 1-0 lead.
Florida State evened the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth when Quincy Nieporte reached base after being struck on the shoulder. A stolen base, coupled with a Busby single to right field, advanced Nieporte to third. Two batters later, DeLuzio brought home Nieporte on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Duke regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth, 2-1, on a Peter Zyla home run.
Walls retaliated for the Seminoles in the top of the fifth, tying the contest at 2-2 with a home run to right field. Sansone kept the momentum going with a double off the left field wall.
The senior captain was quickly joined on base by Jackson Lueck after an error at third by Jack Labosky. Cal Raleigh loaded the bases with a single to the shortstop before an RBI single to right field by Busby brought Sansone home from third for the 3-2 FSU lead.
Solid defense by the Blue Devils limited FSU to two runs in the top of the fifth as Duke knotted the game at three-all in the home half of the frame when Labosky scored from third on a grounder by Michael Smiciklas.
The back-and-forth battle continued into the sixth after Walls opened with a single to short and advanced to second on an errant throw. Sansone’s third double of the afternoon allowed Walls to easily score as FSU assumed the 4-3 edge.
FSU held the Blue Devils without a hit over the final four innings of the contest to preserve the one-run advantage.
The Seminoles close out the final week of the regular season beginning with a game at Stetson. The game in DeLand, Fla., originally set for 6:30 p.m., has been moved to 5 p.m. to accommodate FSU’s travel schedule.