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Inaugural Duke Baseball Classic Begins Friday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/20/2014
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Friday, Feb. 21
Game 1: Duke vs. La Salle
Jack Coombs Field | 3 p.m.
LHP Trent Swart vs. RHP Alex Faust
Video | Audio | Live Stats

Game 2: Saint Louis vs. Akron
Jack Coombs Field | 7 p.m.
RHP Clay Smith vs. LHP John Valek
Live Stats

Saturday, Feb. 22

Game 3: Duke vs. Saint Louis
Jack Coombs Field | 1 p.m.
RHP Andrew Istler vs. RHP James Norwood
Audio | Live Stats

Game 4: Akron vs. La Salle

USA Baseball Complex | 1 p.m.
LHP Pat Dyer vs. LHP Shawn O'Neill
Live Stats

Sunday, Feb. 23
Game 5: La Salle vs. Saint Louis
Jack Coombs Field | 11 a.m.
RHP Shane Hollman vs. LHP Josh Moore
Live Stats

Game 6: Duke vs. Akron
Jack Coombs Field | 3 p.m.
RHP James Marvel vs. RHP JT Brubaker
Video | Audio | Live Stats

Last Time Out
• Duke battled back from a three-run deficit to pull ahead 8-6 in the 12th before surrendering three runs in the bottom portion of the frame to fall 9-8 at UNC Greensboro Tuesday, Feb. 18.
• Redshirt junior Chris Marconcini enjoyed a fantastic outing as the Duke right fielder reached base in all seven of his plate appearances. Marconcini went 4-for-4, adding three runs, two RBI and a career-best three stolen bases.
• Senior Jordan Betts turned in a 3-for-7 performance to go along with two RBI and two runs scored.
• Relievers Nick Hendrix, Chris Kono, Robert Huber and Conner Stevens combined to throw 6.2 scoreless innings, combing for eight strikeouts and just two walks. 
Matuella Named ACC Pitcher of the Week
• Sophomore RHP Michael Matuella earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors Monday, Feb. 17 after leading Duke to a series-clinching win over Binghamton Saturday.
• The Great Falls, Va., native was perfect in five innings of work and needed just 71 pitches to retire all 15 batters he faced without allowing a ball out of the infield.
• He more than doubled his previous career high for strikeouts in a game (four) by fanning nine Bearcat batters. 
• The honor is the first ACC weekly recognition for Matuella, and the first for a Blue Devil since Robert Huber earned the distinction on Apr. 8, 2013.
• In total, 17 Blue Devils have received 21 ACC Pitcher of the Week citations.
La Salle Series History
• Duke welcomes La Salle to Jack Coombs Field for its first game of the 2014 Duke Baseball Classic presented by Homewood Suites by Hilton RDU/RTP.
• Friday’s contest marks the 10th all-time meeting between the Blue Devils and the Explorers.
• Duke leads the series, 8-1, and has won six straight games against La Salle. 
Saint Louis Series History
• The Blue Devils face Saint Louis Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m., from Jack Coombs Field.
• The Blue Devils and the Billikins have met just once in program history, a 6-1 Duke victory in Durham on March 9, 1993.
vs. Atlantic 10
• The Blue Devils are 50-22-1 all-time against teams currently in the Atlantic 10 Conference: Dayton (0-0), Fordham (5-4), George Mason (0-1), George Washington (10-2-1), La Salle (8-1), Massachusetts (2-2), Rhode Island (2-0), Richmond (12-6), St. Bonaventure (3-0), Saint Joseph’s (0-0), Saint Louis (1-0) and VCU (7-6).
• Friday’s game versus La Salle marks Duke’s first against an Atlantic 10 opponent since the Blue Devils took two-of-three from George Washington in Durham March 2-4, 2012. 
• Duke is also set to face Richmond this season, hosting the Spiders May 13 at Jack Coombs Field.
Akron Series History
• Duke squares off against Akron Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. from Jack Coombs Field.
• Sunday marks the first meeting between the two schools.
vs. Mid-American Conference
•  Duke owns a 25-17 ledger against teams currently in the Mid-American Conference: Akron (0-0), Ball State (1-3), Bowling Green (0-0), Buffalo (7-1), Central Michigan (2-0), Eastern Michigan (3-0), Kent State (3-2), Miami (Ohio) (0-0), Northern Illinois (0-0), Ohio (7-7), Toledo (1-0) and Western Michigan (1-4).
• The Blue Devils last faced a MAC team Feb. 28, 2012, a 9-8 Duke win over Eastern Michigan in Durham.
Next Up
• Duke hosts Norfolk State Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. from Jack Coombs Field.