Duke (9-4, 2-1 ACC) at No. 6 Miami (12-2, 3-0 ACC)
March 13-15, 2009
Alex Rodriguez Park (Coral Gables, Fla.)
Game 1 Friday, March 13 (7 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Christopher Manno (1-2, 6.19 ERA)
Miami Starter: Chris Hernandez (2-0, 4.24 ERA)
Game 2 Saturday, March 14 (7 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Andrew Wolcott (2-0, 1.71 ERA)
Miami Starter: David Gutierrez (2-0, 0.50 ERA)
Game 3 Sunday, March 15 (12 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Ryan Knott (1-0, 3.00 ERA)
Miami Starter: Iden Nazario (2-0, 7.62 ERA)
Duke Against Miami
Miami leads the all-time series 16-2 against Duke and has won all 11 games since joining the ACC in 2005. The series began with a two-game set in 1966 that Duke swept. Those were the last two wins for the Blue Devils, however, as Miami has not lost to Duke since 1967.
Last Time Against Miami
Miami took the first two games of the 2008 series 7-5 and 8-1 before rain washed away the finale after the teams played for an inning. Miami outfielder Dennis Raben had four RBI in game one and knocked out two hits and an RBI in game two. In game one, Miami tagged Duke starter Andrew Wolcott for four runs in the first inning, but managed just four hits and one run over Wolcott’s next six innings. Duke tied the game at 5-5 with a five-run fifth inning that included RBI singles from John Bunder, Gabriel Saade and Kyle Kreick. The Hurricanes would come out on top, however, when Raben mashed a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning to put the Hurricanes ahead for good. Game two featured an eight-inning start from Enrique Garcia in which he held Duke to just three hits and a run. Duke made three errors in the contest.
Blue Devils Against Miami
Nate Freiman has had the most success against Miami of any Blue Devil, batting .462 in three games with two doubles. Freiman missed last season’s series with an injury. Among pitchers, Michael Ness has a 4.15 ERA through two appearances, while Kyle Butler has a 3.38 ERA.
Blue Devils vs. Miami
BATTERS (By Batting Average)
Player Avg GP AB R H XBH RBI
Nate Freiman .462 3 13 2 6 2 2
Matt Williams .242 8 33 2 8 0 3
John Bunder .200 2 5 1 1 0 1
Tim Sherlock .200 5 15 1 3 0 0
Ryan McCurdy .167 2 6 2 1 0 0
Gabriel Saade .158 5 19 1 3 0 4
Kyle Butler .125 3 8 1 1 1 0
Alex Hassan .125 3 8 0 1 1 0
Jeremy Gould .111 2 9 0 1 0 2
Jake Lemmerman .000 2 8 0 0 0 0
Ben Condon .000 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tom Luciano .000 1 0 0 0 0 0
PITCHERS (By Innings Pitched)
Player APP-GS W-L-SV ERA IP BB SO Avg.
Andrew Wolcott 2-1 0-0-0 7.27 8.2 3 3 .306
Michael Ness 2-0 0-1-0 4.15 3.2 2 4 .313
Kyle Butler 1-0 0-0-0 3.38 2.2 0 0 .400
Alex Hassan 1-1 0-1-0 19.29 2.1 3 0 .462
Michael Seander 1-0 0-0-0 0.00 2.0 1 3 .000
Jonathan Foreman 1-0 0-0-0 10.80 1.2 1 1 .500
Ryan Knott 1-0 0-0-0 13.5 0.2 3 0 .333
Duke is 9-4 overall and 2-1 in the ACC heading into this weekend’s series against Miami. Duke took two of three from Virginia Tech in the first ACC series of the season and split the mid-week contests with Liberty and Quinnipiac.
Duke is coming off of a 10-4 win over Quinnipiac in which the Blue Devils knocked out 13 hits and scored in double figures for the fourth time this season.
The 13 hits and 10 runs were the most for Duke in the last six games. Duke had not scored more than seven in a game since March 4 against UNC Greensboro during that span.
Duke did not commit an error in the win over Quinnipiac, marking the sixth time this season that Duke went all game without an error. Duke is 4-2 in games where they have not committed an error.
Duke is still looking for its first road win of the season, having gone 0-2 in a pair of mid-week contests this season.
By The Numbers
Duke outfielder Jeremy Gould has two or more hits in nine of Duke’s 13 games and at least one base knock in all but one game. Gould’s .439 average ranks among the top-10 clips in the conference. Gould has at least one hit in 35 of his last 39 games, dating back to the 2008 season.
Duke has seven starters batting over .300 on the season, including Jeremy Gould (.439) and Alex Hassan (.415), who are each over .400 on the year. Both Gould and Hassan finished with over 70 hits as sophomores in 2008 and are each on pace to finish well over that mark this year.
Duke had four players named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which was the second-most selections in the ACC. Outfielders Jeremy Gould and Alex Hassan joined first baseman Nate Freiman and left-handed pitcher Christopher Manno on the list.
Senior right-hander Andrew Wolcott has thrown just 243 pitches in 21.0 innings this season. That is an average of 11.6 pitches per inning. Of those, 168 have gone for strikes, which is 69 percent of all of his pitches.
Andrew Wolcott has given up just four walks through his first three starts while striking out 21 batters. His 5.25:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio is the best clip on the the team.
First baseman Nate Freiman has mashed four home runs this season to tie for second in the ACC. He has had multiple bombs in two games, giving him seven career multi-home run games. Freiman also leads Duke with 14 RBI.
Duke closer Alex Hassan picked up his third save of the season in the series finale against Virginia Tech and is now 1-0 with three saves in his first four appearances. In his two-year stint as Duke’s closer, Hassan in 6-0 with eight saves and a 1.36 ERA. He is tied for fourth on Duke’s career saves list.
Alex Hassan boasts a .500 on base percentage, reaching base in 31 of his 62 plate appearances. He ranks second in the ACC in the category.
Duke has three players on the roster that currently rank among the top 15 on Duke’s all-time batting average list. Nate Freiman leads the group with a .356 career average, which is good enough for second place. Jeremy Gould currently sits at third place with a .351 clip, while Alex Hassan ranks 15th with a .323 average.
Duke leads the ACC with a .984 fielding percentage and 14 double plays. The Blue Devils have committed just eight errors this season. Second baseman Gabriel Saade has turned a team-high 10 double plays on the year. Duke has six errorless games on the season.