DURHAM, N.C. – Duke put double-digit runs on the board for the third straight game to claim an 11-3 decision over Campbell Wednesday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Four Blue Devils registered multiple hits as Duke (26-5) totaled double-digit hits for the 11th time this season and third straight contest. Shortstop Zack Kone led the way with a three-hit performance while also scoring three runs. Jack Labosky, Chris Proctor and Joey Loperfido recorded two hits each and combined for six RBI and five runs scored.
Campbell (15-14) struck first, scoring a lone run in the opening frame after Luiz Gimenez doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. Starter Bill Chillari (4-0) permitted just one other hit the remainder of his outing, allowing one run on two hits over four innings.
“[Chillari] had a real solid outing," said head coach Chris Pollard. "In the first inning, he was feeling for the zone a little bit and they put some pretty good swings on it. From there, he settled down and got better as he went."
After Duke loaded the bases in the bottom half, Loperfido drove in a pair with a ground-rule double down the right field line. The Blue Devils would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way, extending the margin with a three-run third and six-run fifth.
Duke delivered the knockout punch in the fifth after seven straight batters reached with two outs. A Loperfido leadoff triple got the inning started. Following two quick outs, Michael Rothenberg was hit by a pitch before Tyler Wardwell delivered a two-run base knock. Jimmy Herron and Proctor added back-to-back singles to keep the inning going prior to a Kone walk. Labosky then drove a bases-clearing double to the right center gap and Duke ended the frame with an 11-1 advantage.
"That six-run inning was as good of an inning as we’ve had offensively this year," Pollard added. "We’ve started to really like hitting with two outs. That’s the sign of a very comfortable, very confidant team."
Campbell’s Christian Jones belted a solo shot in the sixth and Joe Zirolli drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to account for the Camels’ last two runs.
Next up, Duke travels to Wake Forest to take on the Demon Deacons in a three-game ACC series Friday, Sunday and Monday. ACC Network Extra will broadcast the first two games while ESPNU is set to televise Monday’s contest.