Jordan Betts delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to lead Duke past Mount St. Mary’s 2-1 in game one of Sunday’s double header at Jack Coombs Field.DURHAM, N.C. –
Game two of the double header is currently under way. Fans can watch game in high definition at GoDuke.com by clicking here.
Betts came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth with two outs, the score tied at 1-1 and men on first and second and tagged a line drive into left field where it fell in for his first hit of the day. Freshman classmate Chris Marconcini, who drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a bunt single by Joe Pedevillano, came all the way around to score the go-ahead run.
Junior reliever Ben Grisz (3-2) threw his second hitless inning in the ninth to preserve the victory. Grisz struck out two and did not allow a hit over his two innings in relief os tarter Marcus Stroman, who struck out a career-high 11 batters over seven innings. The Mountaineers managed just six hits and one run off of Stroman.
Mount St. Mary’s starter Karl Lamont (3-5) took the hard-luck loss after giving up just one earned run over 7.1 innings. Duke scored the game-winner after Lamont’s departure and broke up a six-inning scoreless streak in the process. Lamont left the game with the score tied at 1-1 and Marconcini on first base, but Duke mounted the rally against Mountaineers right-hander Max Brittenham, who allowed Pedevillano’s bunt single and Betts’ game-winning single.
Duke took advantage of an early Mountaineer fielding error and scored the first run of the game on Piwnica-Worms’ team-leading seventh sacrifice fly of the season. His RBI flyout to deep center field plated leadoff batter Jeff Kremer, who reached base when Mount St. Mary’s second baseman Michael Foster bobbled his ground ball for an error.
Stroman took the lead and ran with it, holding the Mountaineers scoreless through his first five innings. He recorded eight of the first 12 outs by strikeout and scattered three hit-d-u-k-e-s during that span.
Lamont was able to match Stroman, however, and held the Blue Devils scoreless after they took the 1-0 lead on Piwnica-Worms’ sacrifice fly in the first. Lamont kept the Mountaineers in the game just long enough for the offense to tie the score on an RBI single by Eyler in the top of the sixth. Mount St. Mary’s had a chance to take the lead with runners on first and third and no outs in the sixth after Eyler’s single, but Stroman struck out the next two hitters and chased down Eyler between first and second base to spoil an attempted double steal.
While Lamont did not record a strikeout in his 7.1 innings, he was efficient with his pitches and needed just 84 to get through his first seven innings of work. Duke put four men in scoring position after the first inning, but Lamont got out of the jam each time.
He left the game with the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth, but that was just the window Duke needed to take over. Lamont issued a one-out walk to Marconcini, prompting Mount St. Mary’s head coach Scott Thompson to bring in Brittenham with the go-ahead run on first base. Britteiham, a starter who leads the nation with seven complete games, got Piwnica-Worms to fly out for the second out, but then Pedevillano surprised the Mountaineer infield with a perfect bunt down the third base line that stayed fair for a base hit. Betts then came to the plate with Marconcini on second base and hammered a base hit into left field to give Marconcini plenty of time to come across the plate for the winning run.
Grisz, who entered the game in the eighth just before Duke took a 2-1 lead, held the Mountaineers hitless again in the ninth to secure the win.