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Georgia Tech Series History
• Friday’s game marks the 114th meeting between Duke and Georgia Tech. The two teams first met May 4, 1903. The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series 83-30.
• In 2012, Georgia Tech took 2-of-3 from Duke in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets won the the first two games by scores of 1-0 and 8-0 before the Blue Devils rallied for a 4-3 victory in game three. Anthony D’Alessandro gunned down the potential game-tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win.
• The Blue Devils are 13-30 when facing the Yellow Jackets in Durham, N.C., since 1936.
• Duke is 4-8 against Georgia Tech over the past four seasons.
Duke in the ACC
• Following a sweep of Boston College, the Blue Devils enter the Georgia Tech series with a 6-6 mark in ACC play.
• The Boston College series marked the Blue Devils’ first conference sweep since Duke won three-of-three over Virginia Tech in March of last season.
• The Blue Devils’ series win over the then-24th-ranked Hurricanes March 8-10 marked the team’s first series victory over a ranked opponent since Duke took two-of-three from then-No. 11 Clemson in 2010.
• In 2012, Duke finished sixth in the Coastal Division with a 9-21 record in conference games.
• The Blue Devils are 342-691-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference games all-time.
• Duke holds a 651-1000-6 record against teams currently in the ACC: Boston College (11-15), Clemson (66-126), Florida State (18-71), Georgia Tech (30-83), Maryland (84-81), Miami (7-26), North Carolina (93-179-3), NC State (124-148), Virginia (54-95-1), Virginia Tech (27-24), Wake Forest (135-152-2).
Setting up the Rotation
• Duke will use the starting rotation of Trent Swart, Drew Van Orden and Robert Huber for the seventh consecutive weekend.
• Swart has been nothing short of dependable through seven starts this season. He’s given up more than three runs just one time and has pitched at least five innings in each of his seven starts.
• His 1.66 ERA is tops on the Blue Devil staff and ranks sixth in the ACC. He also leads the team with 40 strikeouts and ranks tied for sixth in the league, averaging 8.31 striekouts per game.
• Swart is 3-1 on the season and owns a 7-9 career record in 20 starts. The Duke left-hander has a career 3.31 ERA with 116 strikeouts in 117 innings pitched.
Drew Van Orden
• Van Orden is 2-3 on the season with a 4.58 ERA in eight starts. He has struck out 37 batters over 35.1 innings of work.
• The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native posted a career high with 13 strikeouts in Duke’s 2-0 win over Bucknell Feb. 23.
• During his career, Van Orden has appeared in 53 games with 12 starts. He sports a 6.07 career ERA with 88 strikeouts over 121.2 innings.
• Huber is 4-2 on the year after tossing a complete game shutout against Boston College March 30. The Duke right-hander ranks 16th in the ACC with a 3.05 ERA. He has struck out 32 batters in 38.1 innings in 2013.
• Duke’s most experienced arm, Huber has made 39 appearances as a Blue Devil with 26 starts. Huber is 12-9 with a 4.45 career ERA over 172.0 innings.
Huber Throws Three-Hit Shutout
• Junior RHP Robert Huber threw the Blue Devils’ first complete game shutout in nine years to lead Duke team to a 6-0 win over Boston College Saturday, March 30.
• With nine innings of scoreless pitching, Huber registered the first shutout thrown by a Blue Devil pitcher since Tim Layden tossed a no-hitter against Old Dominion on April 13, 2004.
• The Plano, Texas, native allowed just three hits and recorded 18 fly ball outs with one strikeout. He allowed only two runners to reach second base and retired the final 13 batters he faced.
• The complete game is the second of Huber’s career and first for a Blue Devil since sophomore Trent Swart allowed one run in nine innings against Boston College on May 18 of last season.
• Huber is one of four ACC pitchers to throw a shutout this season, joining North Carolina’s Kent Emanuel, Miami’s Bryan Radziewski and Clemson’s Daniel Gossett.
Istler One of ACC Save Leaders
• Sophomore RHP/OF Andrew Istler has served as Duke’s closer in 2013 and is currently tied for second in the ACC with six saves.
• In 14 appearances this season, Istler is 1-2 with a 2.18 ERA. He has allowed five runs on 10 hits in 20.2 innings of work, striking out 18 batters.
• The Wellington, Fla., native has also started 12 games in left field and is 7-for-46 (.152) at the plate with a home run and four RBI.
• In two seasons with the Blue Devils, Istler has appeared in 35 games and owns a 5-6 record. Over 69.2 innings pitched, he has allowed 27 runs - 25 earned - on 63 hits, good for a 3.23 ERA.
• Istler was named the top prospect out of the Coastal Plain League this past summer according to Baseball America. Istler went 3-0 with the Wilson Tobs, posting a 0.68 ERA in six starts. He recorded a 39:12 strikeout-to-walk ratio and allowed just 19 hits in 46 innings.
Betts Named ACC Player of the Week
• Junior third baseman Jordan Betts earned ACC Player of the Week honors Monday, Apr. 1 after leading the Blue Devils to four wins over the past week.
• Betts became Duke’s first ACC Player of the Week selection since 2008 when outfielder/right-hander Alex Hassan collected the honor.
• On the week, Betts went 8-for-16 (.500) with three doubles, one home run, 11 RBI, five runs and six walks. The Wilmington, N.C., native had at least one RBI in all five games and also posted a.609 on-base percentage and a team-best .875 slugging percentage. Betts drove in a career-high four runs with a pair of doubles in Duke’s victory over North Carolina A&T. He was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in the series opener against Boston College, belting a two-run homer to left center to cap the Blue Devils’ eight-run sixth. Betts added an RBI double in game two of the series and knocked in a pair of runs in the series finale to help Duke complete the ACC series sweep.
• One of three Duke players to start all 30 games this season, Betts is batting .291 and leads the Blue Devils in slugging percentage (.538), RBI (30), doubles (12), home runs (5) and total bases (63). He ranks second in the ACC in doubles, tied for fourth in home runs, tied for fifth in RBI and tied for eighth in total bases.
Betts Extends Hit Streak to 12 Games
• Junior Jordan Betts extended his career-best hit streak to 12 games with an RBI double against Davidson.
• Betts is hitting .378 during the streak with seven doubles, two home runs and 18 RBI. He has also raised his average from .236 to .291 during that span.
• Betts has at least one RBI in 19 games this season and currently has knocked in an RBI in eight-straight contests.
Betts Nears 150 Consecutive Starts
• Junior Jordan Betts has started all 141 games in his Duke career with 139 starts at third base and two at shortstop.
• Betts is one of two Blue Devils to start all 30 games this season, joining senior Jeff Kremer and redshirt sophomore Chris Marconcini.
• Betts currently leads the Blue Devils in slugging percentage (.538), RBI (30), doubles (11), home runs (5) and total bases (63).
• The Wilmington, N.C., native is Duke’s active career leader in at bats (540), doubles (43), home runs (10) and RBI (81).
Perez Leading the Way
• After moving to the leadoff spot Feb. 27 against Campbell, sophomore second baseman Andy Perez has established himself among the ACC’s best hitters.
• In 22 games as Duke’s leadoff hitter, Perez is batting .366 with six doubles, two triples and two home runs. He has also totaled 20 runs, 10 RBI and eight stolen bases in thatspan.
• Perez has at least one hit in 21 of the 27 games he’s played, including a team-best 12 games with multiple hits.
• He currently leads the Blue Devils in both hits (37) and stolen bases (12). In the ACC, Perez ranks 19th in batting average (.339) and third in stolen bases.
• Perez has been especially effective in ACC games, hitting .481 in conference contests, which trails only Georgia Tech’s Kyle Wren (.520) for the league lead. In ACC games, he ranks second in hits (25), tied for third in runs (13), tied for first in triples (2), tied for fourth in stolen bases (5), fifth in on-base percentage (.509) and sixth in slugging percentage (.712).
Kremer Makes Transition to Outfield
• Senior Jeff Kremer has started all 30 games in right field this season after making just one outfield start in his previous three campaigns with the Blue Devils.
• In total, Kremer has started 135 games in his career with 76 starts at designated hitter, 30 in right field, 26 at catcher, two at first base and one in left field.
• A valuable bat at the top of the Duke lineup, Kremer is hitting .321 on the season and leads the team in on-base percentage (.441), runs scored (29) and hit by pitch (6).
• The Portland, Ore., native had a career-best 11-game hit streak going before going 0-for-2 with three walks last time out. Kremer hit .386 in that span with 13 runs scored and eight RBI.
• Kremer owns a career .317 average, which currently ranks tied for 19th in the Duke record books. He is Duke’s active career leader in runs scored (88), hits (157), walks (84) and hit by pitch (22).
Marconcini Returns in 2013
• After missing last season due to injury, redshirt sophomore Chris Marconcini has returned to start all 30 games this season.
• Marconcini leads the team in walks (22), is tied for the team lead in home runs (5) and is currently second on the team in slugging percentage (.510), runs scored (25), RBI (22), doubles (9), total bases (53) and stolen bases (8).
• The Brentwood, Tenn., native is one of just two ACC players, joining NC State’s Trea Turner, to total five home runs and eight or more stolen bases on the season.
• His five home runs in 2013 surpasses his total from the 2011 campaign, a season in which he garnered Freshman All-America honors after leading the team in doubles (15), triples (6), home runs (4), RBI (39), total bases (99) and slugging percentage (.481).
• Marconcini has also provided solid defense at first base, committing just one error in 276 chances. He leads Duke’s position players with a .996 fielding percentage.
Freshmen in the Lineup
• All five freshmen on Duke's roster have seen playing time in 2013.
• Hendrix has contributed valuable innings out of the Duke bullpen and is one of two Blue Devil relievers with over 20 innings pitched this season.
• He is currently tied for fourth in the ACC with 15 appearances and owns a 4.35 ERA with 22 strikeouts over 20.2 innings.
• Hendrix earned his first career save Mar. 3, throwing two scoreless innings against Townson.
• Shortstop Kenny Koplove is hitting a team-best .354 on the year after moving into the starting lineup Feb. 27 against Campbell.
• Koplove is currently in the midst of a seven-game hit streak. His average is .500 in that span with three doubles, eight runs scored and five RBI.
• Marvel has started seven games on the mound in 2013, earning wins in each of his past four starts.
• The right-hander is 4-2 with 20 strikeouts over 37.0 innings and currently sports a 3.89 ERA.
• Matuella has made 11 appearances with two starts this season. He owns a 2-2 record with a 2.59 ERA and 16 strikeouts.
• Matuella earned his first career win against Penn, scattering four hits over five scoreless innings.
Pollard Begins First Season at Duke
• Duke head coach Chris Pollard is in his first season with the Blue Devil baseball program. Pollard has a 402-331-3 career record in his 14th season as a head coach: Duke (present), Appalachian State (2005-12) and Pfeiffer (2000-04).
• The Blue Devils gave Pollard his 400th career win in a 7-4 victory over Boston College in game one of a Saturday doubleheader March 30.