Will Piwnica-Worms in the ninth to defeat the Hokies 13-0 at English Field.BLACKSBURG, Va. - Duke and Virginia Tech resumed Saturday's suspended game on Sunday with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and the Blue Devils got a two-run homer from center fielder
Only lightning could slow down Duke starter Trent Swart on Saturday. The freshman lefty struck out seven batters and held Virginia Tech to only four hits in 7.2 shutout innings before the game was suspended due to lightning with two outs in the bottom of the eighth with Duke leading 11-0.
Swart (3-2) pitched a season-high 7.2 innings and came within one strike of getting out of the eighth when lightning stopped the game. The game was suspended with two outs with a 3-2 count to pinch hitter Brendon Hayden.
Swart had 1-2-3 innings in the first, fifth and sixth innings. He allowed only one runner to reach third and another to reach second. Only six Hokies reached base against Swart, four of them were hits, while Swart issued just one walk and hit a batter.
Duke (10-14, 3-5 ACC) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the opening frame. Left fielder Andrew Istler drew a walk and second baseman Andy Perez was hit by a pitch to begin the top of the first. Piwnica-Worms then sent a two-run double into the gap in left center to put the Blue Devils up by two.
In the top of the fourth, third baseman Jordan Betts reached base on a one-out error by the Hokies (17-8, 2-6 ACC). Designated hitter Matt Berezo followed with a single up the middle. Two batters later, Istler sent an RBI-single back up the middle to give Duke a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the fourth, the Hokies had two on with no outs. Center fielder Andrew Rash sent a line drive to the warning track in right center but right fielder Grant McCabe made a spectacular running catch over his shoulder to save a couple of runs. Swart then started an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play to keep Virginia Tech scoreless.
A five-run sixth inning pushed the Blue Devil lead to 8-0. Istler got the inning going with a one-out single to center. Perez then singled to left, and when left fielder Tyler Horan let the ball go past him, Istler scored and Perez advanced all the way to third. Piwnica-Worms was then intentionally walked, giving Duke runners on the corners. Catcher Mike Rosenfeld then crushed a two-run triple over Rash's head in center. McCabe followed with an RBI-single to center. Back-to-back walks to first baseman Aaron Cohn and Betts loaded the bases before Berezo lined an RBI-single into right to cap the frame.
The Blue Devils added three runs in the seventh to go ahead 11-0. Perez doubled down the right field line with one out on the board. Piwnica-Worms then sent an RBI-double into the left field corner to drive in Perez. Rosenfeld would then drive in his third run of the game with an RBI-single to left. Back-to-back walks to McCabe and Cohn loaded the bases with one out. Betts then lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score Rosenfeld.
When the game resumed with a 3-2 count to Hayden in the bottom of the eighth, sophomore reliever Mark Lumpa came in and struck out Hayden looking on one pitch.
Perez opened up the top of the ninth by driving the first pitch he saw back up the middle for a single. Piwnica-Worms then belted a 3-2 offering over the wall in right center for a two-run homer, extending the Duke lead to 13-0. It was the third home run of the season for Piwnica-Worms and the 14th of his career.
Piwnica-Worms finished 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, a career-high five RBI and three runs scored. Rosenfeld went 3-for-4 with a triple, a career-high three RBI and two runs scored, while Perez was 3-for-5 with a double and four runs scored. Istler added two hits, an RBI and two runs scored, Berezo had two hits and an RBI and McCabe had a hit, an RBI and a run. Betts drove in a run and scored once and LaBruna added a hit for the Blue Devils.
Lumpa finished off the game for Duke, retiring four of the five batters he faced.
Duke's shutout of Virginia Tech marked the first time the Hokies had been held scoreless in 117 games. Duke's last shutout came in a 2-0 win over Miami on May 20, 2011.
Marc Zecchino (2-3) took the loss after allowing three runs on six hits in 4.2 innings of work.