Game One: No. 25 Virginia 12, Duke 3
DURHAM, N.C. – Third baseman Stephen Bruno went 5-for-6 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs and first baseman Jared King added three doubles and two RBI as No. 25 Virginia defeated Duke 12-3 in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Cavaliers (25-14-1, 10-10 ACC) capitalized on three Duke errors as six of Virginia’s 12 runs were unearned.
King and center fielder Brandon Downes hit back-to-back doubles in the top of the second to give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead.
Duke answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the second to take a 2-1 lead. Right fielder Andrew Istler led off the frame with a single to right before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Mark Lumpa. Shortstop Angelo La Bruna then dropped an RBI-double into the right field corner to score Istler. Designated hitter David Perkins followed with an RBI-double to left to plate La Bruna.
Center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms tripled high off the Blue Monster in left center to begin the third. Two batters later, catcher Mike Rosenfeld lined an RBI-single into left field to put the Blue Devils ahead 3-1.
A three-run fifth gave the Cavaliers a 4-3 advantage. Virginia scored on RBI-doubles by Bruno and King and on a Duke error. Two of UVA’s three runs in the inning were unearned.
Virginia added six runs in the sixth to go ahead 10-3. Four of the six runs were unearned due to a pair of Duke errors.
The Cavaliers tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh to extend their lead to 12-3.
Shane Halley (6-1) threw six scoreless innings out of the bullpen to pick up the win. Halley had two strikeouts and held the Blue Devils to just two hits over his six innings of relief.
La Bruna went 1-for-4 with an RBI-double and a run to lead the Blue Devils at the plate. Perkins and Rosenfeld both finished 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Piwnica-Worms and Istler both had a hit and a run. Lumpa added a double and Betts had a hit for Duke (15-25, 7-13 ACC).
Trent Swart (3-6) took the loss after allowing eight runs – four of them earned – on nine hits in five innings of work. Swart had five strikeouts on the day.
Game Two: No. 25 Virginia 10, Duke 3
DURHAM, N.C. – Artie Lewicki held Duke to three runs – two of them earned – over seven innings and Kyle Crockett closed out the game with two scoreless frames as No. 25 Virginia won game two of Saturday’s doubleheader 10-3 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Lewicki improved to 2-2 on the season with the win.
Virginia (26-14-1, 11-10 ACC) got a two-out solo homer from third baseman Stephen Bruno in the opening frame to take a 1-0 lead.
Catcher Mike Rosenfeld sent a leadoff double into the gap in right center to begin the bottom of the second. After second baseman Mark Lumpa moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt, Rosenfeld scored on a passed ball, sliding in under the tag to tie the game at 1-1.
First baseman Jared King doubled to start the fourth and later scored on a sacrifice fly from right fielder Colin Harrington, giving the Cavaliers a 2-1 lead.
Third baseman Jordan Betts got the green light on a 3-0 count and turned on a fastball, sending a leadoff double down the left field line in the fourth. After Betts advanced to third on a wild pitch, Lumpa drove him in with a groundout to short, tying the game at 2-2.
The Cavaliers tacked on three runs in the fifth to go ahead 5-2. It could have been worse but Will Piwnica-Worms made a spectacular diving catch at the warning track in center to save a run to end the inning.
Virginia hung up five runs in the sixth to extend its lead to 10-2.
Shortstop Angelo La Bruna reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a Virginia error to start the bottom of the eighth. First baseman Ryan Munger followed with a single to right, giving the Blue Devils runners on the corners. David Perkins then came on to pinch hit and sent an RBI-single back up the middle to score La Bruna, making it a 10-3 ballgame.
Betts, Rosenfeld and La Bruna all finished 1-for-4 with a run scored. Betts and Rosenfeld both doubled for the Blue Devils. Perkins was 1-for-1 with an RBI in his only at bat, while left fielder Andrew Istler and Munger went 1-for-3 and Lumpa added an RBI for Duke (15-26, 7-14 ACC).
Robert Huber (4-4) took the loss in the series finale. Freshman Sarkis Ohanian tossed 2.2 scoreless frames out of the bullpen and Istler added a shutout ninth for Duke.
The Blue Devils will hit the road this week with a game at Charlotte on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Duke will then take on N.C. State in Raleigh next weekend.