DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke baseball team faces top-ranked North Carolina this weekend when the Blue Devils travel to nearby Chapel Hill for a three-game series with the Tar Heels at Boshamer Stadium. Game times are Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.
All three games this weekend will be broadcast on ESPN3. Steve Barnes will call the action for the Blue Devil Network audio broadcast and fans can also follow updates via @Duke_BASE, the Duke baseball program’s official Twitter account.
After falling in three games at No. 7 Florida State, Duke (21-17, 8-10 ACC) rebounded with a 12-2 win over North Carolina A&T Tuesday at Jack Coombs Field. The Blue Devils totaled 14 hits in the contest and capitalized on 10 walks and four hit batters by the Aggie pitching staff.
Senior Jeff Kremer went 3-for-4 at the plate to raise his season average to .336. Junior Jordan Betts, junior Mark Lumpa, senior Ryan Munger and junior Angelo La Bruna added two hits apiece. Lumpa reached base in five of his six plate appearances with three walks, two runs scored and an RBI.
Sophomore left-hander Trent Swart (4-2, 2.59) will start Friday’s game and will oppose UNC lefty Kent Emanuel (7-1, 1.92). Swart has started the series opener every weekend in the 2013 campaign and leads the team in ERA and innings pitched (55.2). In six ACC appearances, the Carlsbad, Calif., native is 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA and a team-high 31 strikeouts.
Junior Drew Van Orden (2-4, 4.84) is set for his team-leading 11th start of the season Saturday as the right-hander will face North Carolina’s Benton Moss (6-0, 3.00). Van Orden struck out eight batters this past Saturday against Florida State and leads Duke with a career-high 50 strikeouts this season.
Junior Robert Huber (5-3, 3.49) will face Hobbs Johnson (1-0, 2.95) in Sunday’s series finale. The Duke right-hander ranks 20th in the ACC in ERA and eighth in the league in opponent batting average (.225).
North Carolina is 36-2 (15-2 ACC) after picking up a pair of wins over Coastal Carolina and Elon during the week.
Friday’s game marks the 276th meeting between Duke and North Carolina. The two teams first met April 17, 1891 as the Tar Heels lead the all-time series 179-93-3. In 2012, then-No. 7 North Carolina swept Duke in Durham, N.C., by scores of 2-1, 15-1 and 3-0. In their past four series, the Blue Devils are 4-8 against the Tar Heels as North Carolina has won the past six meetings between the two teams.