FAN AND MEDIA ALERT: Due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, Duke and La Salle have rescheduled the final two games of this weekend's series for a double header on Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m. at Jack Coombs Field. Please note the change in date, time and venue for the Saturday and Sunday games.
DURHAM, N.C. – Sophomore Chase Bebout pitched seven
shutout innings in a 4-0 shutout against La Salle on Friday afternoon at the
Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Bebout (2-0) pitched seven scoreless innings, scattering five hits with seven strikeouts and only two walks, before turning it over to Dillon Haviland and Ben Grisz. Haviland and Grisz came in and closed down the Explorers as they combined for four strikeouts and up gave no hits through the last two frames. The shutout is the second of the season for Duke and lowers Bebout's ERA to 0.46 for the season.
Senior center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms led Duke with three hits in four plate appearances – a double and two singles – and two runs scored. Piwnica-Worms also stole a career-high three bases and now leads the ACC with nine stolen bases in 10 attempts.
Duke freshmen Jordan Betts, Chris Marconcini, Anthony D’Alessandro and Angelo LaBruna combined for seven hits and three out of the four Duke runs. Betts finished the day going 2-for-4 with a double and a single to keep his batting average at .500 for the season while also picking up his 11th RBI of the year. Marconcini was 1-for-2 with two walks and picked up his ACC-leading 14th RBI, while D’Alessandro tagged a hit and an RBI. LaBruna finished the day with two doubles and two runs scored.
Duke (8-2) scored its four runs on 11 hits and stole four bases. The Blue Devils have now swiped an ACC-high 25 bases in 33 attempts.
The Duke offense provided Bebout with just enough support to outduel La Salle starter Kevin Fuqua (1-2), who scattered three runs over seven innings. Fuqua used 107 pitches to strike out six Duke hitters while issuing just two walks, both of which were to Marconcini.
The Blue Devils put the first run on the board in the bottom half of the first inning when Betts just missed a home-run off the 32-foot-high left field wall. The freshman third baseman turned the knock into a double that scored Marconcini from first base after he reached base on a walk.
Duke added another run in the bottom of third after LaBruna started the inning with a leadoff double. Leadoff man Marcus Stroman advanced LaBruna to third on a sacrifice bunt, and Marconcini drove LaBruna in from third on an groundout to the right side of the infield.
The Blue Devils added the third run of the game in the bottom half of the sixth inning on a single from freshman David Perkins that scored Piwnica-Worms, who reached base on an infield single.
Duke added the final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning on a single from senior Dennis O’Grady that scored Piwnica-Worms from third. Piwnica-Worms reached base with a leadoff single and then stole second and third on consecutive pitches to reach scoring position.
Duke and LaSalle are now scheduled to play a double header on Saturday at Jack Coombs Field. The first game will start at 1 p.m., and the second game will follow approximately thirty minutes after completion of the first.