CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Designated hitter Jacob Hoyle went 3-for-5 with two doubles and five RBI and second baseman Ross Heffley was 4-for-4 with four runs scored to lead Western Carolina to a 12-4 win over Duke on Tuesday afternoon at Hennon Stadium.
Catamount starter Adam Curtis (3-0) picked up the win after holding the Blue Devils to two runs on six hits in seven innings of work. Curtis had five strikeouts and only one walk on the night.
Western Carolina (9-3) took advantage of a Duke error in the bottom of the first and scored a pair of unearned runs to grab a 2-0 lead.
Left fielder Dykota Spiess and Heffley drew back-to-back walks to begin the bottom of the third. Hoyle then drove them in with a two-run double to the gap in right center to extend the Catamount lead to 4-0.
Duke (7-7) scored twice in the fifth to cut the Western lead to 4-2. After left fielder David Perkins singled to right, first baseman Andy Perez doubled down the right field line to give the Blue Devils a pair of runners in scoring position with no outs. Catcher Mike Rosenfeld followed with an RBI-single to left to drive in Perkins. Three batters later, right fielder Andrew Istler delivered a two-out RBI-single up the middle.
Hoyle would add an RBI-single and later score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth. Right fielder Cody Jones tacked on a two-run single later in the inning to put the Catamounts ahead 8-2.
Western Carolina added another unearned run in the sixth, scoring on an RBI-single by first baseman Tyler White to go ahead 9-2.
In the eighth, designated hitter Jeff Kremer and third baseman Jordan Betts drew back-to-back two-out walks. Perkins then sent a two-run double to the wall in left center to make it a 9-4 ballgame.
Hoyle had an RBI-double and the Catamounts scored two more times in the eighth on sacrifice flies to go ahead 12-4.
Perkins led the Blue Devils at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored. Istler and Rosenfeld both added a hit and an RBI for Duke. Shortstop Matt Berezo and Perez had one double apiece, while center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms and Kremer had one hit in the game.
Duke starter Chase Bebout (0-2) took the loss after allowing seven runs - five of them earned - on eight hits in 4.1 innings. Left-handed reliever Remy Janco had four strikeouts and held the Catamounts to one unearned run in 2.2 innings out of the bullpen.
The Blue Devils will face Appalachian State on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to wrap up a midweek road swing.
Duke will then host No. 12 Florida State for a three-game series this weekend at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Friday's series-opener is set for a 6 p.m. start, Saturday's game will begin at 2 p.m. and Sunday's series finale will be at 1 p.m. GoDuke.com will have exclusive live video coverage of the entire series.