DURHAM, N.C. - Miami starter Eric Whaley held Duke to one unearned run over 8.1 innings and the Hurricanes got an RBI-single from right fielder Tyler Palmer in the ninth to top Duke 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Whaley (2-1) gave up eight hits and had two strikeouts on the day.
Duke starter Trent Swart was equally as impressive, limiting Miami to one run on six hits in seven innings of work. Swart struck out seven Hurricanes in the game.
With the score tied at 1-1 entering the top of the ninth, designated hitter Michael Broad was hit by a pitch to start the inning. After Broad moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt, Palmer drove him in with the eventual game-winning RBI-single.
Duke (8-13, 1-4 ACC) threatened to tie the game in the bottom half of the ninth. Designated hitter Jeff Kremer had a leadoff single through the left side to begin the final frame. Two batters later, first baseman Aaron Cohn singled to give the Blue Devils runners at first and second with one out. The two Duke singles chased Whaley out of the game. E.J. Encinosa then came on in relief of Whaley and struck out the next two batters to end the game, picking up his fifth save of the season.
Miami (15-4, 4-1 ACC) loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth but managed to score only one run on a sacrifice fly by Broad. Duke third baseman Jordan Betts threw out Esteban Tresgallo at the plate for the second out and Swart got Palmer to fly out to left to end the inning.
Betts led off the seventh inning with a double down the left field line. After Betts moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt, left fielder Andrew Istler brought him in with an RBI-single to right, tying the game at 1-1.
Istler led the Blue Devils at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with his RBI-single. Shortstop Andy Perez also went 2-for-4, while Betts was 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Kremer, Cohn and second baseman Mark Lumpa all added a hit for Duke.
Drew Van Orden (0-2) took the loss after allowing the eventual game-winning run to reach base in the ninth.
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