DURHAM, N.C. – Duke will play its final non-conference game this Tuesday, May 17, in Charleston, S.C., against The Citadel at Joe Riley Park.
The Blue Devils (24-28) are 18-7 against non-conference teams this season and have amassed a 118-40 non-conference record under sixth-year head coach Sean McNally. This current Duke team has never faced The Citadel, however, as the Blue Devils and the Bulldogs have not met since 1988.
The Citadel (20-32) will be the fourth Southern Conference team Duke has faced this season. The Blue Devils have already taken on Wofford, UNC Greensboro and Davidson and came away with a 3-2 record against those squads. Taking the mound for Duke will be left-handed freshman Dillon Haviland (2-3, 5.06), who has been a heavily used member of Duke’s freshman class.
Haviland, who saw time as a weekend starter in the middle of the season, will make his eighth start of the year on Tuesday. The 6-3, 200-pound southpaw has thrown over 40 innings this year and has gone at least five innings in five of his seven starts.
Taking the mound for The Citadel will be left-hander David Leeth (0-0, 5.87 ERA), who will have to deal with a red-hot Dennis O'Grady and Matt Berezo. O’Grady, a senior, boasts a .387 batting average over Duke’s last 11 games, while Berezo played his best baseball of the season last weekend when he went 5-for-9 in the series against Wake Forest.
After the non-conference finale on Tuesday, Duke will end the year at Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., on Thursday through Friday, May 19-21.