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Baseball Game Notes: Duke vs. No. 1 Virginia
Thursday 04/29/2010  -  Duke Sports Information
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Duke Baseball Game Notes
Duke (25-18, 7-14 ACC) vs. No. 1 Virginia (36-9, 15-6 ACC)
April 30-May 2, 2010
Durham, N.C. (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)

Friday, April 30 (6 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Dennis O'Grady (0-3, 4.56 ERA)
Virginia Starter: Danny Hultzen (6-1, 2.00 ERA)

Saturday, May 1 (2 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Marcus Stroman (5-1, 3.79 ERA)
Virginia Starter: Robert Morey (6-2, 3.98 ERA)

Sunday, May 2 (1 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Eric Pfisterer (3-4, 5.53 ERA)
Virginia Starter: Cody Winiarski (5-9, 3.96 ERA)

Duke Storylines

Stroman Shines In First Start

  • Duke freshman Marcus Stroman threw a complete game with a career-high 10 strikeouts in a 10-3 win over Wake Forest in his first career start last Friday, April 23.
  • The outing was more than good enough to earn the freshman right-hander another weekend start, which he will make this Saturday against No. 1 Virginia.
  • Against Wake Forest, Stroman did not allow an earned run until the bottom of the ninth inning while scattering five hits in the game to improve to 5-1 on the year.
  • Stroman was used exclusively out of the bullpen over his first 12 appearances, picking up three saves and four wins.
  • Also Duke's starting second baseman, Stroman is hitting .252 with 11 extra-base hits, eight steals and 19 runs.

Last Time Against Virginia

  • Virginia won the 2009 series 2-1 in Charlottesville, Va., rebounding from a game-one loss to take two straight and beat the Blue Devils.
  • In game one, Duke starter Christopher Manno gave up just one run over 6.0 innings while striking out eight batters in an 11-4 win. Jake Lemmerman drove in a career-high five RBI for Duke in the opener.
  • In game two, the Cavaliers scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a 9-3 deficit on the way to a 10-9 win.
  • Game three saw UVA outfielder Jarrett Parker drove in five runs while starter Robert Morey scattered one run and four hits over 7.0 innings.

Heating Up

  • Duke outfielder Will Piwnica-Worms has been one of Duke's most consistent hitters this season but has turned up his performance at the plate over the past week.
  • The sophomore is on a six-game hitting streak that includes a .478 batting average, three home runs and seven RBI.
  • Piwnica-Worms has struck out just three times during that run while slugging .957.
  • He also has home runs in three of his past four games.

Pfisterer Rejoins Weekend Rotation

  • Duke welcomes back sophomore Eric Pfisterer to the weekend rotation after the left-hander was shifted to the top midweek spot three weeks ago.
  • Pfisterer logged a 2.22 ERA in his three midweek starts, striking out 21 and walking six over 24 innings.
  • Pfisterer went at least 7.0 innings in each of those midweek starts and allowed just six runs during that span.
  • Pfisterer has made a team-high 10 starts, seven of which were in the weekend rotation. In those seven weekend starts, Pfisterer was 2-3 with a 7.99 ERA.

Sure-Handed Shortstop

  • Duke shortstop Jake Lemmerman is one of the best defenders in the nation and boasts a .983 fielding percentage on the year, which leads all ACC shortstops.
  • Lemmerman has made just three errors in 42 games this season and recently snapped a career-long 22 game errorless streak.
  • His .983 fielding clip this seasons leads all ACC shortstops by a large margin. He finished second in the category in 2009 behind Miami shortstop Ryan Jackson.
  • Lemmerman has started all but two games in his three-year career and owns a .962 fielding percentage.

Manno Takes On New Role

  • Senior left-hander Christopher Manno has been moved back to the bullpen where he owns a 2.33 ERA, a 2-0 record and three saves in eight relief appearances.
  • Manno served as Duke's closer in two midweek games this week and was unhittable, striking out all six batters he faced in two perfect ninth-inning appearances.
  • Against North Carolina A&T on Tuesday, Manno came into a tied game with the go-ahead run on third base and no outs and struck out all three hitters he faced.
  • On Wednesday, he preserved a 13-11 win over High Point with three more strikeouts in the bottom of the ninth inning.
  • Manno, who has started 32 games in his career, started the 2010 season in the bullpen before shifting to the weekend rotation for four starts.

Senior Day

Duke = Defense

  • Duke leads the ACC and ranks among the top 10 nationally with a .979 fielding percentage and has committed the fewest errors in the conference (35).
  • Duke led the nation in fielding percentage with a .978 clip in 2008 and finished fourth with a school-record .979 clip in 2009.
  • Duke has led the ACC in fielding percentage in each of the last two seasons.
  • In five seasons under coach Sean McNally, the Blue Devils have a .971 fielding percentage and just 296 errors, both of which rank first among ACC teams during that span.

Power Surge

  • Will Currier has found new life as Duke's starting designated hitter and has emerged as the top power threat in Duke's lineup.
  • Primarily a pitcher in his first three seasons, he was asked by head coach Sean McNally to take batting practice toward the end of the 2009 season. He showed enough to garner 17 at bats toward the end of 2009 and now in 2010 is tied for the team lead with nine homers.
  • Currier also leads Duke with a .614 slugging percentage and has driven in 25 runs in 101 at bats, averaging at least one RBI for every four at bats.

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