DURHAM, N.C. – Dillon Haviland pitched five shutout innings to pick up his first win of the season, and Joe Pedevillano notched a career-high five RBI to lead Duke to an 11-3 win over N.C. Central on Tuesday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field.
Haviland (1-1) pitched five shutout innings, scattering two hits with four strikeouts and no walks before turning it over to classmates Robert Huber and Tito Nava. Haviland sat down 14 out of the 16 batters he faced, including a string of 13 straight, before giving up a hit in the top of the fifth inning.
Huber came in for Haviland in the top of the sixth and scattered three hits and gave up zero runs through three complete innings before Nava took over in the ninth. The Eagles (1-15) broke up the shutout against Nava with three hits and three runs.
Pedevillano finished 3-for-3 with two singles, a sacrifice fly and a two-run double in the ninth. The junior outfielder also stole three bases on the day and pushed his total to five for the season. Along with Pedevillano, Chris Marconcini and Anthony D’Alessandro each swiped a base in the game. D’Alessandro finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and has reached base safely in 16 of Duke’s 18 games this season. Marconcini finished 2-for-4 with a single, a double and scored two runs.
Duke scored its 11 runs on 14 hits and swiped five bases to move its stolen base total to an ACC-leading 38 on the year. On the day, six different Blue Devils recorded an RBI and eight recorded hits, while five of them had multiple hits. Sophomore catcher Jeff Kremer was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, and freshman Mark Tatera – in his first career start – finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Freshman shortstop Angelo LaBruna finished 1-for-4 and his single in the bottom of the second extended his hitting streak to seven games. Freshman Jordan Betts saw his ACC-leading 14-game hitting streak come after going hitless for the first time since Feb. 22.
The Blue Devils scored first against the Eagles, picking up one run in the bottom half of the first inning. Leadoff batter David Perkins started the inning off with a walk and reached third on a single by Marconcini, and scored the first run when Betts grounded into a double play, as Duke took an early 1-0 lead.
Duke put another run on the board in the bottom of the third inning after Kremer hit a sacrifice fly to left-field that scored Marconcini from third after he reached base on a throwing error by the catcher on a swinging strikeout, stole second and advanced to third on the second error of the inning.
The Blue Devils plated six runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning on four hits and three walks. Perkins picked up the first run for Duke with a one run single that scored Pedevillano, who reached base on a leadoff walk and stole second and third. The second run came off a bases loaded walk to D’Alessandro that allowed Kremer to score after reaching base on the first of three walks in the inning. Tatera picked up the fourth run after beating out an infield single to the shortstop, and Pedevillano added the final two runs of the inning after a two-run single with the bases loaded to put Duke on top 8-0.
Duke added another run in the bottom of the sixth by a bases loaded sacrifice fly from Pedevillano that scored Kremer for his second run of the game to put the Blue Devils up 9-0.
Pedevillano added the final two runs for the Blue Devils in the bottom of the eight with a two run double that scored Al Morris and Tatera who both reached base with a single.
N.C. Central finally broke into the run column in the top of the ninth inning scoring three runs. The first run came on a double by Troy Marrow that scored Akeem Hood who started the inning off with a leadoff walk from Nava. Carter Williamson picked up a single that advanced Marrow to third, and Marrow then crossed the plate on a wild pitch for the second run of the inning. The Eagles added their final run in the game on a sacrifice fly by Tyson Simpson Jr. that scored Williamson from third.
Duke will host Charlotte on Wednesday, March 16, at Jack Coombs Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.