CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – After edging out Duke, 3-2, in 11 innings in game one of a doubleheader, No. 1 Virginia’s offense exploded in game two, picking up 17 hits on the way to an 18-4 win over the Blue Devils on Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field.
The Cavaliers (36-3, 16-2 ACC) tagged seven doubles in the victory, including three from outfielder John Barr who drove in five RBI. Fellow outfielder David Coleman contributed another double and three RBI, and Steven Proscia and Keith Werman both drove in a pair of runs.
Virginia starter Will Roberts (8-0) stayed undefeated after holding the Blue Devils to three runs – two earned – over five innings. Duke scratched out eight hits against the junior right-hander, who threw a perfect game on March 29 against George Washington, but the Cavalier bullpen trio of Whit Mayberry, Scott Silverstein and Corey Hunt held Duke to just one run over the final four innings.
Duke (20-19, 4-14 ACC) got a career-high matching four hits from leadoff man Jeff Kremer, two RBI from freshman Jordan Betts and three runs from two-way outfielder Joe Pedevillano. Kremer became the first Blue Devil to reach 50 hits this season and improved his batting average to .391 to complement his .504 slugging and .503 on base percentages.
Duke grabbed a 1-0 lead in the opening frame on an RBI single to center by left fielder David Perkins.
Virginia responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first to take a 2-1 lead, scoring on an RBI double by catcher John Hicks and on an RBI groundout by Proscia.
Pedevillano led off the top of the second with a double down the right field line. Betts followed with an RBI single to left to tie the game at 2-2.
Virginia added nine runs in the bottom of the third to take an 11-2 lead.
After Pedevillano reached on a one-out error in the top of the fourth, Betts drove him in from second with an RBI-double to right center, cutting the Cavalier advantage to 11-3.
A five-run fourth inning extended the Virginia lead to 16-3.
Duke scored again in the top of the sixth to make it a 16-4 ballgame. Pedevillano crushed a pitch to the wall in center for a one-out standup triple. Two batters later, center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms laced an RBI double just inside the bag at third to score Pedevillano.
First baseman Jared King drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh to push the Virginia lead to 17-4.
Backup catcher Ryan Levine added a two-out RBI-double in the bottom of the eighth to make it an 18-4 final.
Duke will host UNC Greensboro on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Jack Coombs Field. The Blue Devils will then travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on Florida State next weekend.