Duke Baseball Notes: Duke at Maryland (April 17-19, 2009)
Duke (26-13, 9-9 ACC) at Maryland (16-20, 4-14 ACC)
April 17-19, 2009 Shipley Field (College Park, Md.)
Game 1 Friday, April 17 (7 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Andrew Wolcott (5-2, 2.18 ERA)
Maryland Starter: Scott Swinson (2-5, 6.00 ERA)
Game 2 Saturday, April 18 (4 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Christopher Manno (3-4, 5.27 ERA)
Maryland Starter: Brett Harman (3-4, 5.70 ERA)
Game 3 Sunday, April 19 (1 p.m.)
Duke Starter: To Be Determined
Maryland Starter: Brett Jones (0-1, 8.49 ERA)
Duke Against Maryland
Duke owns an 82-77-1 advantage of Maryland in a series that began in 1899. The Blue Devils have won three of the last four series against the Terps and two of three under head coach Sean McNally. McNally and Duke’s senior class is 6-3 against Maryland with a sweep in 2008, two wins in 2007 and one win in 2006. Duke has not played at Maryland since the 2006 series, having played the last two sets in Durham, N.C. Maryland head coach Terry Rupp is 10-16 against Duke since he joined the Terps in 2001.
Active Blue Devils vs. Maryland
Ryan McCurdy batted .400 in three games against the Terps in 2008 and boasts the highest career batting average of any Blue Devil against Maryland. He is one of seven active Duke hitters that are hitting over .300 for their career against Maryland, including senior Nate Freiman who has driven in eight RBI and homered twice in six career games against the Terrapins. Senior catcher Matt Williams is the only active player to have appeared in all nine games against Maryland, batting .308 with 12 hits during that span. Duke’s Friday and Saturday starters, Andrew Wolcott and Christopher Manno, have combined to pitch 22.1 innings against Maryland, while closer Alex Hassan and reliever Jonathan Foreman have each seen the Terps for seven innings apiece.
Blue Devils vs. Maryland
BATTERS (By Batting Average)
Player Avg GP AB R H HR RBI
Ryan McCurdy .400 3 10 2 4 0 0
Jeremy Gould .385 4 13 1 5 0 1
Alex Hassan .375 6 24 7 9 0 4
Nate Freiman .333 6 21 9 7 2 8
Tom Luciano .333 3 12 3 4 1 2
Matt Williams .308 9 39 6 12 0 4
J. Lemmerman .300 3 10 2 3 0 1
Gabriel Saade .280 6 25 4 7 1 5
Tim Sherlock .238 6 21 2 5 0 1
Kyle Butler .000 3 9 0 0 0 0
PITCHERS (By Innings Pitched)
Player W-L-SV A-GS ERA IP BB SO Avg.
Andrew Wolcott 1-0-0 3-2 5.65 14.1 3 14 .283
Christopher Manno 1-0-0 1-1 2.25 8.0 0 7 .214
Alex Hassan 1-0-0 2-1 6.14 7.1 1 4 .355
Jonathan Foreman 0-0-0 1-1 0.00 7.0 1 4 .130
Michael Seander 0-0-1 2-0 0.00 5.2 0 6 .111
Michael Ness 0-0-0 2-0 9.00 2.0 4 3 .500
Will Currier 0-0-0 2-0 0.00 1.2 0 0 .167
Dennis O'Grady 0-1-0 1-0 99.00 0.0 1 0 1.000
Duke Against Ranked Teams
The Blue Devils are currently 4-5 on the season against ranked teams with a series win over No. 1 North Carolina. Duke took games two and three against the top-ranked Tar Heels 5-4 and 10-9 after falling 8-5 in the opener. Duke also took a game from No. 6 Miami 2-0 and another from No. 17 Clemson, 10-7. Senior starter Andrew Wolcott won all three games against North Carolina, Miami and Clemson on Saturdays. Duke has won at least two games over top-25 opponents in each of the last three seasons, including four in 2008.
Duke is 26-13 overall and 9-9 in the ACC after taking two of three from NC State last weekend and two non-conference games from Davidson and Wofford on Tuesday and Wednesday.
At 9-9 in the ACC, Duke has four more conference wins right now than they did at this point in the 2008 season. The Blue Devils went 5-12 over their first six ACC series last season on the way to a 10-18-1 conference finish. Duke has not been swept by any team this season and has won three conference series over Virginia Tech, No. 1 UNC and most recently, NC State.
Duke’s nine ACC wins is already the second-most ACC wins for the program since 1998. Duke has reached 10 conference wins just once (2008) since going 10-13 in 2001. The school record for the most ACC wins in a season is 16, won by a 1994 Duke team that included current head coach Sean McNally.
Duke is currently on a five-game win streak against Maryland following a series sweep in 2008 and two series-clinching wins in 2007.
Duke closer Alex Hassan tied the school’s all-time saves record last weekend after picking up a four-out save against No. 17 Clemson. Hassan is tied for the conference lead with eight saves this year and has 13 for his career, matching the school record set by Vaughn Schill (1997-99) and Mark Sikorski (1984-86).
Duke catcher Matt Williams has caught 11 base runners stealing this season for the second most in the ACC. Williams is holding opposing runners to a 66 percent success rate on the base paths, which is the second-lowest among all ACC catchers.
Duke is 24-0 when leading after the sixth inning, thanks to a bullpen that has racked up 10 wins and 14 saves. Duke leads the ACC in saves with closer Alex Hassan ranking second among individuals with eight saves.
Starter Andrew Wolcott has the lowest ERA in the ACC at 2.18. The 6-6, 240 pound senior right-hander has given up more than two runs in a game just twice and no more than three in a game all season. Wolcott (5-2) has defeated all three top-25 teams he has faced this season.
The Duke baseball team began a competition in 2008 to see how fast they could break down all of the on-field equipment after batting practice. The team’s fastest time of the year was 37.6 seconds. The breakdown includes the hitting shell at home plate, turf covers and the L-screen which all must be taken from home plate to the bullpen down the left field line.
Nate Freiman is one of 10 remaining candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which honors one student-athlete from six major sports based on their excellence in four areas: Classroom, Character, Community and Competition.
Nate Freiman has launched 10 home runs this season after hammering 11 in 2008 to become the first Duke player since Richard King (1995-96) to hit double-digit home runs in consecutive seasons. Freiman ranks tied for fourth on Duke’s all-time home run list with 33 career bombs.
Duke has struck out the fewest times of any ACC team with just 277 punchouts in 1,311 at bats for an average of seven strikeouts per game.
Offensive, defensive and pitching notes available in attached PDF. Complete notes also include season statistics, player career highs, player game logs and career statistics.