DURHAM, N.C. – Duke totaled 10 runs on 14 hits while three Blue Devil freshmen pitchers limited Mount St. Mary’s to four hits in a 10-3 midweek victory Wednesday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Sophomore Jimmy Herron led a contingent of five Blue Devils with multiple hits. Herron continued his torrid start to the week with a 3-for-4 outing Wednesday, adding two runs, two RBI and a stolen base. The Harleysville, Pa., native is now 6-for-9 in two games this week, extending his team-best hit streak to nine games.
In his first career start, freshman Graeme Stinson (1-0) struck out 10 batters over 4.0 innings to exit the game with the Blue Devils up, 7-3. Stinson allowed three runs on four hits and did not walk a batter.
“I was really impressed,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “[Stinson] only went to a three-ball count once. We didn’t make some plays but he kept pitching through it. There in the first when [Mount St. Mary’s] strung together three good at bats, that’s just baseball. We executed the pitch, they just found holes. He kept pitching to contact. He didn’t shy away from the strike zone. He didn’t let it rattle him.”
Fellow rookie Bill Chillari followed Stinson’s performance with four shutdown innings of his own. Chillari did not allow a baserunner and retired all 12 Mountaineers he faced while striking out four. Freshman Coleman Williams then pitched a scoreless ninth in his collegiate debut.
“Billy Chillari had the best outing of his career,” Pollard said. “Really just in complete command. Love the mound presence. To me, that’s one of the biggest selling points about Bill. You can tell he’s a great competitor and you can see the toughness in his approach. It was awesome to see Coleman Williams get in there, a guy who’s got great stuff. I told him after the game, ‘You’ve waited patiently for your turn and you did a good job of taking advantage of it when you got in there.’”
The two teams traded early tallies before Duke broke out for a five-run fourth. Down 3-2, the Blue Devils registered five runs on five hits to take a 7-3 lead following four frames. Labosky’s leadoff double ignited a rally that also saw hits from Taylor, Kone, Herron and Dutra. Duke benefitted from a pair of Mountaineer throwing errors as well, resulting in a 7-3 lead by the innings’ conclusion.
Labosky added a seventh-inning RBI single to move Duke’s advantage, 8-3. A Herron eight-inning sac fly coupled with a Peter Zyla pinch hit RBI base hit brought the final margin to 10-3.
Starter Seth Schubert (0-3) took the loss for Mount St. Mary’s (0-8). Schubert kept the Blue Devils at bay for three innings before Duke knocked him out in the fourth. He allowed seven runs – five earned – on eight hits over 3.2 innings. Third baseman Vaughn Parker added a two-run first-inning double to pace The Mount’s offense.
Duke opens ACC play at the DBAP this weekend, welcoming Virginia Tech in the three-game league series.