The Duke baseball offense for next season was dealt a major blow Wednesday when all-ACC 1B/RF Chris Marconcini opted to play his final year of eligibility at Florida State.
Marconcini, a rising redshirt senior who graduated this May, will not have to sit out a year.
“He’s a veteran bat that has been through the rigors of an ACC schedule and is familiar with the pitchers we will be facing – he’s a great boost for our lineup,” FSU assistant coach Mike Martin told the Tallahassee Democrat Wednesday morning.
A second-team all-ACC selection, Marconcini was the only Blue Devil to start all 58 games. He finished the year with a .252 batting average, .341 on-base percetnage and .435 slugging percentage. Marconcini provided power in the middle of the lineup, as he hit eight home runs and drove in a team-high 46 RBIs.
Before Marconcini’s departure, Duke already needed to replace seven significant contributors from last year’s 33-24 squad, which qaulified for the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2009. The Blue Devils haven’t made an NCAA Tournament appearance since 1961. The Seminoles haven’t missed the NCAA Tournament since 1977.
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