RICHMOND, Va. – Three Blue Devils homered en route to a 13-2 midweek road victory over Richmond Tuesday evening at the Spiders’ Pitt Field.
Duke (25-5) put nine runs on the board over the first four innings to stake a commanding 9-1 lead early. That initial outburst included a four-run third featuring two-runs homers from both Chris Proctor and Joey Loperfido. Kennie Taylor added a solo shot in the seventh while 10 different Blue Devils registered a hit in the contest.
All nine in the Duke starting lineup reached base at least once, led by Proctor’s four-hit day. Batting out of the two-hole, Proctor registered three singles, a home run, three RBI, three runs scored and a walk. Jack Labosky finished with three hits and freshman Chris Crabtree singled twice for the first two hits of his career.
“[Chris] Proctor was really locked in,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “Great to see Jack Labosky have the type of at bats he had. We had production up and down the line up. We had four freshmen in the starting lineup so that was a young team out there. On top of the guys we had be productive in the starting lineup, we had a lot of guys come off the bench and had really good at bats today. Great to see production from so many different guys.”
Bryce Jarvis pitched two scoreless innings in his fifth start of the season, allowing one run on two hits. Graeme Stinson (2-0) took over to start the third and fired four scoreless frames while striking out six. Hunter Davis pitched the final three innings, yielding a run on two hits with two strikeouts.
“Our pitching was very, very solid,” Pollard said. “Bryce [Jarvis] got into some trouble there in the second then he had to grind it out and make some pitches to get off the field. That’s a growing moment for him. Graeme [Stinson] was really efficient and was able to go out there and get a fourth inning. Really excited for Hunter Davis to come in and give us those innings at the end of the ballgame. Part of the reason those guys were so good was because of the defense we played behind them.”
Richmond (16-12) received one run in the first but was outscored 8-0 over the next six innings. First baseman Kyle Adams drove in both runs, belting a solo home run in the first and driving a sacrifice fly to left in the eighth.
Duke returns to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for its lone home game of the week Wednesday, April 4. The Blue Devils are set to face Campbell at 6 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.