DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke baseball team scored a season-high 15 runs as the Blue Devils routed visiting Quinnipiac, 15-2, Wednesday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Duke's 15 runs scored marked the team's highest total since Duke defeated N.C. Central, 17-3, Feb. 22, 2012.
Duke (10-7, 2-1 ACC) scored three runs in both the first and the third innings before plating seven in the fifth to break the game open. The Blue Devils totaled 10 hits and capitalized on 13 walks and four hit batters by the Quinnipiac (4-4, 0-0 NEC) pitching staff.
Freshman starter Michael Matuella (2-1) earned the win for Duke, giving up one unearned run on four hits in four innings of work. The rookie right-hander struck out four and did not issue a walk in his second start of the season. Quinnipiac's George Dummar (0-1) suffered the loss as the right-hander allowed three runs on one hit and five walks in 1.1 innings.
The Bobcats plated an unearned run in the top of the first for the early 1-0 lead, but it was all Blue Devils the rest of the way as Duke went on to score 15 unanswered.
Duke took advantage of three walks and a hit batter in the first inning to take a 3-1 lead. Second baseman Andy Perez led off the frame with a four-pitch walk, stole second and would later score from third on a wild pitch. Consecutive walks to Chris Marconcini and Matt Berezo coupled with a hit batter loaded the bases before Marconcini scored on another wild pitch. Sophomore Grant McCabe then lifted a sac fly to left to drive in his third RBI of the season.
Duke put three more runs on the board in the third to take a 6-1 lead. Junior Jordan Betts doubled down the left field line and scored on a McCabe single to center field. McCabe came home on an Angelo La Bruna RBI double, and a throwing error by the Quinnipiac pitcher on a Ryan Munger infield single allowed La Bruna to score Duke's sixth run of the game.
The Blue Devils scored seven runs on three hits and three walks in the fifth, extending Duke's lead to 13-1. Junior David Perkins' two-run double off the left field wall in the seventh made it a 15-1 ball game before Quinnipiac pushed an unearned run across in the eighth.
Duke plays host to Virginia Tech this weekend, taking on the Hokies Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. First pitch of game one is set for Friday at 6 p.m.