BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Duke baseball team fell, 5-0, to Boston College Friday afternoon at Harrington Athletics Village. Following the series opener, the Blue Devils are now 25-17 on the season and 11-11 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The loss marked just the second time Duke has been shutout this season, and snapped a season-long tying six-game winning streak for the Blue Devils.
The Eagles (22-22, 8-14) built their lead with one run in the third, before adding four runs across the seventh and eighth innings to insure its lead and put the game out of reach. The Blue Devils had multiple opportunities to score throughout the contest, but stranded eight runners on base, including five in scoring position.
Boston College starter Dan Metzdorf (5-2) turned in an impressive outing, carrying a complete-game bid into the top of the ninth. The left-hander recorded the first out of the final frame before turning it over to reliever Matt Gill who collected the final two outs of the ninth to close out the game. Metzdorf tossed 8.1 scoreless innings, allowing seven hits while striking out nine to record the win.
Duke starter Ben Gross (5-3) suffered the loss in Friday’s series opener despite another solid outing. The graduate student right-hander worked 6.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits, while collecting one strikeout. The duo of sophomore Matt Dockman and Eli Herrick combined to cover the remainder of the game in the relief effort. Dockman tossed 1.1 frames, allowing one earned run on three hits, while Herrick recorded the final out of the eighth via strikeout in his 0.1 inning of work.
Boston College used a pair of two-out hits in the third to gain the 1-0 lead. With two down in the inning, the Eagles used a triple followed by an infield single to cross the game’s first run.
After three scoreless frames, the Eagles plated a trio of runs in the seventh to extend their lead. The inning began with a double followed by a single to place runners on the corners with nobody out. A sacrifice fly in the next at-bat allowed the frame’s first run to cross. After an errant throw on a failed pickoff attempt allowed the BC runner to advance from first to third, a double crossed the second run of the inning. One out later, an infield single allowed another run to score to make it a 4-0 contest after seven innings of action.
A pair of hits in the eighth resulted in one more run for Boston College in the eighth. After a leadoff single gave the Eagles a baserunner, a one-out double down the left field line allowed one run to cross to set the score at 5-0, the eventual final.
Offensively, the Blue Devils were led by the duo of senior Kennie Taylor and freshman Ethan Murray who combined for five of the team’s seven hits. Taylor finished 3-for-5 with one double and two triples, while Murray closed out the contest with a 2-for-4 effort. Graduate student Kyle Gallagher and sophomore Michael Rothenberg contributed one hit apiece.
The two teams return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon for game two of the series, which is set for a 2 p.m. first pitch. The Blue Devils will turn to junior left-hander Bill Chillari while the Eagles will counter with freshman right-hander Mason Pelio.
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