DURHAM, N.C. – Freshman Robert Huber pitched a career-high six shutout innings, and Marcus Stroman and Angelo LaBruna combined for six RBI as Duke took down Wofford 7-5 on Tuesday night at Jack Coombs Field.
Huber (3-0) carried a shutout through six innings, giving up just two hits with no walks and four strikeouts. The 6-0, 190-pound right-hander let just three of the 20 batters he faced reach base and ended his outing by retiring 12 straight Wofford hitters.
Stroman provided the early offense, tagging a three-run triple as part of a five-run second inning. The two-way second baseman then took the mound in the eighth inning and struck out four of the six hitters he faced to record his second straight save.
LaBruna, Duke’s freshman shortstop, also contributed offensively with a two-run single and an RBI groundout, giving him 23 RBI in his 31 games. He delivered his two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning and has now driven in 11 two-out RBI on the season.
Chris Marconcini and Will Piwnica-Worms also recorded multiple hits for Duke. Marconcini finished 2-for-3 with an RBI before he left the game in the top of the fifth after crashing into the wall chasing a foul ball. Piwnica-Worms finished 3-for-4 with three singles, two runs scored and his team-leading 15th stolen base of the season.
Duke scored its seven runs on 12 hits, as Anthony D'Alessandro, Brian Litwin, Jordan Betts and Dennis O'Grady all notched one hit, while Piwnica-Worms and LaBruna each stole a base. The Blue Devils have now stolen an ACC-leading 53 bases this season.
Duke got on the board early, scoring five runs in the bottom half of the second inning. Stroman unloaded the bases with a three-run triple down the right field line, and LaBruna brought Stroman in from third on a ground out to second base to put the Blue Devils on top 4-0. Marconcini came through for Duke with a clutch RBI double that scored LaBruna to make the lead 5-0.
Wofford then brought in Alex Wilson to pitch in relief of starter Eric Eck (1-4), who gave up five runs on six hits through two complete innings. Wilson came in and shut the Blue Devils down over the next four frames, scattering just three hits.
Wilson handed the ball over in the seventh inning to Ryan Traylor who allowed Duke to pick up its final two runs of the game with two outs from the two-run single by LaBruna that scored Jordan Betts and Piwnica-Worms.
Wofford tried to mount a comeback in the top of eighth inning when they pushed across five runs on five hits, two of which were one-run doubles and one two-run single. The first run came from a one-run double by Josh McKinney and was followed by a one-run single by Konstantine Diamaduros that cut the lead to 7-2. The final three runs of the game came from a one-run double by Mac Doyle and a two-run single by James Foster. Duke then brought in Stroman, who closed down the Terriers by retiring five out six batters he faced to pick up his second save in as many tries.
Up next, Duke will travel for a mid-week matchup with UNC-Greensboro on Wednesday, April 6, with first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Duke will start left-hander Eric Pfisterer (1-2, 6.35 ERA).