DURHAM, N.C. Ė The Duke baseball team will head to Winston-Salem for a three-game series against Wake Forest this weekend at Hooks Stadium. Friday’s game is scheduled for 3 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday’s games will be at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils enter the series 26-17 overall and 6-15 in the ACC while the Demon Deacons are 24-22 and 8-13, respectively.
Duke’s 26 victories mark the second-highest win total over the last 10 years for the Blue Devils, trailing only 1998’s 38 wins.
Saturday’s Game To Be Carried Live On FSN South
Saturday’s Duke-Wake Forest game will be carried live on FSN South. The game will also be carried by FSN Florida.
Last Time Out
Sophomore Nate Freiman hit a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot in the first, and four Duke pitchers combined on an eight-hit shutout as the Blue Devils defeated Campbell, 12-0, on Tuesday night. Freiman’s two home runs were the fifth and sixth of the season and the 10th and 11th of his career. It was the third time in his career he has recorded a pair of home runs in a single game. Freiman also accomplished the feat against Boston College and Georgia Tech during his freshman year last season.
Junior Jimmy Gallagher went 5-for-6 on the night and fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. He had a leadoff blast in the bottom of the second for his fourth home run of the year and 12th of his career.
Senior Jonathan Anderson improved to 3-2 on the season, holding the Camels to five hits in five scoreless frames. Freshman Will Currier struck out two batters and allowed one hit in two innings of relief. Junior Ron Causey then worked a scoreless eighth with one strikeout and junior Ryan Perry preserved the shutout with a scoreless ninth for the Blue Devils.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Duke: RHP Alexander Hassan (2-3, 3.83 ERA) vs. Wake: RHP Brad Kledzik (3-3, 4.75 ERA)
Saturday: Duke: RHP Tony Bajoczky (8-2, 2.70 ERA) vs. Wake: LHP Garrett Bullock (3-1, 4.91 ERA)
Sunday: Duke: TBA vs. Wake: RHP Charlie Mellies (1-2, 9.00 ERA)
Scouting Wake Forest
Wake Forest enters the weekend series 24-22 overall and 8-13 in the ACC. The Deacs are 2-5 in ACC series this season. Wake won two of three games against Virginia to open conference play March 9-11 before getting swept by Florida State March 16-18. The Deacs then dropped two of three games to both N.C. State and North Carolina before sweeping Maryland April 6-8. Wake has since lost five of their last six league games, falling in two of three to Clemson April 13-15 before being swept by Boston College last weekend. The Deacs are coming off a pair of midweek wins after defeating No. 22 Charlotte, 3-2, on Tuesday and Appalachian State, 13-5, on Wednesday.
Duke-Wake Forest Series History
Wake Forest holds a 140-132-2 overall record against Duke in series history. The Demon Deacons swept all three games last season April 14-16 at Jack Coombs Field.
A Look Ahead
Duke will take a week and a half off following its series against Wake Forest. The Blue Devils will return to the field at UNC Greensboro (22-19) on May 9 before hosting Virginia Tech (18-24, 4-17 ACC) May 11-13.