DURHAM, N.C. - After sweeping Bucknell in a three-game series this past weekend, the Duke baseball team visits North Carolina A&T Tuesday at 3 p.m., in the front end of a home-and-home series. The Aggies will come to Durham for a midweek matchup April 16. The Blue Devils will then play host to Campbell Wednesday at 3 p.m., at Jack Coombs Field in the first of six-straight home games.
Steve Barnes and Chris Edwards will call the action for the Blue Devil Network audio broadcast Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The Blue Devil Network will also carry a live video stream Wednesday and live stats are available for both games through GoDuke.com. Fans can also follow updates of each game via @Duke_BASE, the official Twitter account of Duke baseball.
Duke is 4-2 on the year following a three-game sweep of Bucknell this past weekend. The Blue Devil pitching staff was stellar against the Bison as the Duke hurlers limited Bucknell to a .102 team batting average for the series. In three games, Duke surrendered just nine hits and five walks while recording 37 strikeouts.
Junior right-hander Robert Huber (2-0) earned the win in the series finale Sunday after holding Bucknell to one run on three hits in five innings of work in his first start of the season. Huber struck out the side in the first inning and totaled six strikeouts on the day. Senior right fielder Jeff Kremer led Duke at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. For the weekend, Kremer hit .444 (4-for-9) with a pair of doubles, five runs scored and three walks.
Duke clinched the series Saturday courtesy of a two-run, walk-off home run from junior third baseman Jordan Betts. Kremer got things started in the final inning with a one-out walk before Betts delivered the game-winning hit over the left field fence with two outs. Junior Drew Van Orden (0-1) had an impressive outing on the mound as the Manhattan Beach, Calif., native combined with sophomore Andrew Istler (1-0) for the one-hit shutout. Van Orden posted a career-high 13 strikeouts and held Bucknell to one hit over eight scoreless innings. He retired 23 of the 26 batters he faced and struck out at least one batter every inning except the seventh. Istler came on and pitched a perfect ninth, recording a pair of groundouts and a strikeout in his second appearance of the season.
The Blue Devils opened the series with a 9-0 win over the Bison Friday. Sophomore left-hander Trent Swart (1-0) tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts and held Bucknell to two hits over seven scoreless innings. Duke scored two unearned runs in the third before opening the game up with a five-run sixth. Shortstop Angelo La Bruna provided the key hit, clearing the bases with a three-run double over the head of the Bucknell left fielder.
The Blue Devils have taken seven of the past 10 meetings against North Carolina A&T (3-4), including a 14-7 victory in the two teams' last meeting in Greensboro May 10, 2010. Duke holds a 34-5 advantage in the all-time series.
An evenly matched series recently, Duke and Campbell (6-1) have split their past 10 meetings heading into Wednesday's game. The Blue Devils and the Camels met twice in 2012 with Duke earning the 9-2 win in Buies Creek, N.C., and Campbell taking a 10-4 decision in Durham. Overall, Duke leads the all-time series 17-12. The two teams will meet for a second time in 2013 on Mar. 26 in Buies Creek.
Following the pair of midweek games, the Blue Devils will host Towson for a three-game series this weekend at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Friday's series opener is set for a 4:30 p.m., start.