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Duke Baseball 2014 Season in Review
Saturday 06/26/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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Blue Devil Trio Selected in 2014 MLB Draft
Three Blue Devils – Jordan Betts, Robert Huber and Drew Van Orden – were selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. The Washington Nationals selected Van Orden in the fifth round (No. 154) while Betts went to the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round (No. 554) and Huber was taken in the 26th round (No. 792). The 2014 MLB Draft marked the 24 time in program history, and first time since 2010, Duke had multiple players selected.
 
Duke in the ACC
Picked to finish fifth in the Coastal Division in the ACC Preseason Coaches Poll, the Blue Devils ended the regular season third in the division and fourth overall in the league standings. Duke posted a 16-14 record in ACC play and finished in the top four in the conference standings for the first time since 1994. Duke’s 16 ACC wins tied the program record, also set in 1994. The Blue Devils swept four ACC series in the same season for the first time since 1994 as well. In comparison, Duke totaled four ACC sweeps from 1995-2012.
 
Betts, Cohn & Marconcini Named All-ACC
Three Blue Devils garnered All-ACC honors in 2014. Senior Jordan Betts and redshirt junior Chris Marconcini earned second team honors while redshirt junior Aaron Cohn collected a third team nod. The honor was the second all-league distinction for Betts and the first career all-conference accolades for both Cohn and Marconcini. Duke’s three All-ACC selections were the most since the Blue Devils placed three on All-ACC teams in 2009.
 
Duke Surpasses 30 Wins
Duke finished the season with 33 wins, surpassing the 30-win plateau for the first time since 2009. The Blue Devils have won 30 games or more 10 times in program history: 2013, 2009, 2008, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993 and 1992.
 
Pitching Prowess
Duke finished the season with a 3.14 team ERA and was one of five ACC teams to post an ERA under 3.20. The Blue Devils’ ERA was their lowest since ending the 1971 season with a 2.71 mark. Prior to this season, Duke had not posted a team ERA under 4.00 since 1993. The Blue Devils ranked fourth in the ACC in strikeouts (501) and second in strikeouts per game (8.56). 2014 also marked the first season a Duke pitching staff had totaled 500 or more strikeouts, surpassing the team’s previous single-season record of 440 set in 2012.
 
Bullpen Success
The Blue Devils went 28-1 when leading after six innings and 28-0 when leading after seven frames thanks in large part to a consistent effort from the bullpen. Closer Robert Huber led the team and ranked fourth in ACC with 10 saves. Left-hander Nick Hendrix and right-hander Conner Stevens saw the most time out of the bullpen, each throwing over 35.0 innings.
 
No Free Passes
Duke made the opposition earn its offensive production as the Blue Devil pitching staff totaled just 190 walks and 26 hit batters. 2014 marked the first season Duke walked fewer than 200 batters since 2008. In addition, the Blue Devils’ 26 hit batters was the lowest total in the league. Duke was the only ACC team to plunk fewer than 30 batters on the season.
 
Power Numbers
Duke tied for the ACC lead in home runs, belting 33 long balls. The Blue Devils were the only league team to total 15 or more triples as well as 30 or more home runs. Duke’s 33 home runs in 2014 were the most since the Blue Devils belted 40 in 2009. This past season also marked the fourth straight campaign in which Duke amassed 15 or more triples.
Devilish Defense
The Blue Devils relied heavily on their defense and ranked third in the ACC with a .974 fielding percentage. Duke was one of three ACC teams to commit 60 or fewer errors in 2014. Duke was also the only league team to average over 8.50 strikeouts per game while also fielding .974 or better. The Blue Devils have earned the reputation as a strong defensive team, posting a fielding percentage of .970 or higher in seven of the past eight seasons.
 
Betts Turns in Standout Senior Season
Senior All-ACC selection Jordan Betts anchored the Duke lineup, turning in career numbers in batting average (.316), slugging percentage (.515) and on base percentage (.404). He ranked 15th in the ACC in batting average and sixth in slugging percentage. Betts led the team with 19 multi-hit games, including seven with three or more. In addition, he completed his Duke career with 69 doubles and was one of two Blue Devils to total 65 or more doubles in a career, joining fellow third baseman and two-time All-ACC Jeff Becker in that distinction.
 
Closing Time
After starting on Sundays a season ago, senior right-hander Robert Huber excelled as the team’s closer in 2014. Huber ranked fourth in the ACC with 10 saves. He became one of just three Blue Devils to record 10 or more saves in a single season. Huber’s 11 career saves rank fifth in program history. Additionally, the Plano, Texas, native was one of four Duke pitchers to total 10 or more saves as well as 15 or more wins in a career.
 
Jack of All Trades
The Blue Devils utilized junior right-hander Andrew Istler in a variety of roles. Istler started 10 games this past season, including five in league play while taking the mound for 13 relief appearances. No matter the situation, Istler thrived in 2014, posting career bests in ERA (2.84), strikeouts (59), opponent batting average (.254) and innings pitched (76.0). The Wellington, Fla., native ranked 19th in the ACC in ERA, sixth in wins (8) and second in runners picked off (7).
 
Patience is a Virtue
Senior Mark Lumpa began his collegiate career as a pitcher before transitioning to the outfield his final two seasons and excelling as Duke’s leadoff hitter in 2014. One of the nation’s more patient hitters, Lumpa ranked second in the ACC in walks (52), fifth in on base percentage (.440) and seventh in runs scored (48). His 52 walks also ranked fifth nationally. Lumpa became the third player in Duke history to draw 50 or more walks in a single season, and the first since Larry Broadway totaled 50 in 2002. Lumpa recorded at least one walk in 35 games and drew multiple free passes 16 times.
 
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