COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Left fielder Michael Montville hit a walk-off, two-run homer in the 10th inning as Maryland topped Duke 4-2 on Friday night at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th, designated hitter Ryan Holland drew a leadoff walk. Montville then failed to get a bunt down in an attempt to move Holland to second. Facing a 1-1 count, Montville turned on a fastball and sent his game-winning homer over the left field wall.
Duke starter Marcus Stroman had another outstanding outing for the Blue Devils but the Duke bats could not provide enough runs for the junior. Stroman held Maryland to two runs – one earned – on four hits in eight innings of work. Stroman had eight strikeouts on the night, running his NCAA-leading strikeout total to 93.
Stroman now has 93 strikeouts in 66 innings, good for a 12.68 strikeouts per nine innings rate. He lowered his season ERA to 2.05 and his ERA in ACC games to 1.91. In his six ACC starts, Stroman has 63 strikeouts compared to just 10 walks.
After giving up a pair of two-out hits in the opening frame, Stroman retired the next 14 batters he faced. Seven of his eight strikeouts happened from the fifth inning on, including striking out the side in the eighth.
Stroman’s 247 career strikeouts put him at ninth on Duke’s all-time strikeouts list.
Duke (13-22, 5-11 ACC) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. After left fielder David Perkins singled to right to begin the inning, center fielder Anthony D’Alessandro moved him over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Shortstop Angelo La Bruna then sent an RBI-single back up the middle to drive in the first run of the game. Designated hitter Jeff Kremer followed with an infield single. Right fielder Andrew Istler then reached on a fielder’s choice, giving the Blue Devils runners on the corners with two outs. Istler would then intentionally get caught in a rundown between first and second, allowing La Bruna to trot home.
First baseman Tomo Delp got Maryland on the board in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI-single to center.
The Terps (23-13, 6-10 ACC) scored on a passed ball in the seventh to tie the game at 2-2.
Maryland starter Jimmy Reed held the Blue Devils to two runs despite giving up nine hits in his nine innings of work. Charlie Haslup (3-2) earned the win after pitching a scoreless 10th.
Third baseman Jordan Betts led Duke at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles. Kremer and catcher Mike Rosenfeld both finished 2-for-4, La Bruna went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Perkins was 1-for-4 with a run. Istler added a hit for Duke.