DURHAM, N.C. – Duke totaled a season-high 14 hits to win its second game over Yale in as many days, defeating the Bulldogs, 10-2, Wednesday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Chris Proctor and Kennie Taylor had three hits each to help the Blue Devils improve to 14-3 on the year.
Proctor and Taylor went a combined 6-for-7 with two doubles, while Jack Labosky, Michael Rothenberg and Max Miller contributed two hits each. In addition to 14 hits, the Blue Devils also registered a season-high seven doubles, including two from Labosky.
Sophomore left-hander Bill Chillari (2-0) gave Duke three scoreless innings in his first start of the season, a planned split, to earn the win. Out of the bullpen, freshman Thomas Girard allowed a run on four hits over three innings before Hunter Davis turned in a scoreless seventh. Matt Dockman came in with the bases loaded in the eighth to get Duke off the field and Sam Granoff pitched a shutout ninth.
“We went very deep into our depth today and a lot of guys performed really well,” Pollard said. “Bill Chillari threw the ball well. Thomas Girard threw the baseball well. Matt Dockman does what he’s been doing all year. Comes in and gets us off the field. Sam Granoff comes in and gives us a clean inning. We’ve gone about 15, 16 deep in the last couple of so that’ll help us in the long run.”
In the bottom of the first, Labosky’s RBI double and Rothenberg’s sac fly to center plated Jimmy Herron and Griffin Conine, respectively. Herron’s leadoff double began the inning prior to Conine drawing the first of his three walks.
Taylor’s RBI double in the fourth led to Duke’s third run and the Blue Devils broke the game open with a three-run fifth. After two runs came home in the sixth, Duke received doubles from Labosky, Miller and Proctor in a two-run eighth.
For the Bulldogs, Griffin Dey had two hits while Tim DeGraw reached base twice and scored two runs. Alex Steigler had an RBI base hit in the sixth and Simon Whiteman knocked in a run with an eighth-inning RBI groundout. Starter Tyler Sapsford (0-2) allowed three runs on five hits over 3.0 innings in the loss.
Duke returns to ACC action this weekend, welcoming Miami to the DBAP Friday-Sunday, March 16-18 on ACC Network Extra.