LUBBOCK, Texas – One of the best seasons in program history came to an end Monday, as Duke fell in a 6-2 decision to the Texas Tech in game three of the Lubbock Super Regional at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Monday’s Super Regional setback concludes a historic season. The 2018 Blue Devils set program records for wins in a season both overall and in the ACC while advancing to the first Super Regional in program history. Duke tied the program record with seven Major League Baseball Draft selections, while five Blue Devils earned All-ACC honors.
“For and foremost, congratulations to Texas Tech on a tremendous season,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “I’m incredibly proud of our team. Proud of the season they’ve put together. Never had more fun in my life being around a group of guys. The hardest part of all of us, certainly for me, is that we’re not going to be able to continue to spend that time together. Genuinely enjoy being around these guys and it’s been a pleasure and an honor to coach them.”
The Red Raiders used a trio of home runs to score four of their six runs, starting with a solo shot in the bottom of the third. Duke responded in the next half inning as Jimmy Herron recorded an infield single to push Chris Crabtree across home, tying the contest at 1-1.
A two-run homer in the bottom half of the fourth put the Red Raiders back in front, 3-1, a lead they would not relinquish. Herron would drive in his second run of the day with a triple to right center to cut the TTU lead down to 3-2. However, a solo home run in the seventh and a pair of RBI singles in the eighth stretched Texas Tech’s lead to 6-2 and secured a trip to Omaha for the home team.
Herron led the Blue Devils with a three-hit showing adding two RBI, while Griffin Conine turned in a 2-for-3 day with a double. Six other Blue Devils tallied one hit. Bryce Jarvis earned the start for Duke, going 3.0 innings with one run scoring on two hits while fanning three batters. Matt Dockman (0-1) received the decision in the contest.