DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke baseball team topped visiting Princeton, 7-1, in non-conference action Wednesday evening at Jack Coombs Field to extend its winning streak to a season-high five games.
Playing in its 10th game in 12 days, Duke (14-8, 4-2 ACC) utilized nine pitchers to keep the Princeton (3-8, 0-0 Ivy) bats at bay. The Blue Devil pitching corps totaled 12 strikeouts to just three walks, limiting the Tigers to six hits. Freshman Kevin Lewallyn picked up his second win in as many days, allowing one hit as he pitched a scoreless fourth.
Senior Matt Berezo paced the offense with his second three-hit game of the season, adding two runs and an RBI. Redshirt senior Ryan Deitrich went 2-for-3 at the plate, including his first home run in a Duke uniform, while senior Jordan Betts raised his average to a team-best .356 with a 2-for-4 showing.
Second baseman Danny Hoy accounted for four of the Tigers’ six hits as the Blue Devil pitchers were able to stymie the remainder of the Princeton order.
“Today was a very solid performance,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “We played great defense. We went into it knowing we were going to use a lot of pitchers to try to get guys ready for the weekend. I thought they stepped up. Through the first three innings, we popped a lot of balls up. Guys did a good job when they came back up there the third time through the lineup of making the adjustment. We did a good job of picking guys up when we had guys in scoring position. I thought we were pretty good in all three phases.”
Duke did all its damage in the middle innings, putting three runs on the board in the fourth before adding four more in the fifth. Betts began the offensive outpouring with his 11th double of the season to leadoff the Blue Devil fourth. A starter in Duke’s infield for 188 consecutive games, Betts crossed home plate following a Berezo infield single and throwing error credited to Princeton pitcher Luke Strieber. Deitrich then stepped to the plate and planted Strieber’s 0-1 offering over the wall in left center.
Up 3-0, the Blue Devils stretched the lead to 7-0 with four runs on four hits in the fifth. After senior Mike Rosenfeld beat out a bunt single to start things off, Berezo, Deitrich, Kenny Koplove and Andy Perez each drove in a run to break the game open.
The seven-run advantage stood until the ninth when Hoy tripled and crossed home plate on a Paul Tupper RBI groundout.
Duke now heads to Pitt for a three-game ACC series against the Panthers Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Pittsburgh.