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Baseball Opens Season Friday at Florida
Sunday 02/14/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 1
Duke vs. Florida
February 15, 2012 l 7 p.m.
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Game 2
Duke vs. Florida
February 16, 2012 l 4 p.m.
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Game 3
Duke vs. Florida
February 17, 2012 l 12 p.m.
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Leading Off
Duke opens the 2013 season Friday, Feb. 15 with a three-game series against Florida at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium at Perry Field. Game one will be televised on Sun Sports, while GoDuke.com Inside Access subscribers will be able to watch all three games via GoDuke.com. Live Stats and radio coverage for all three games is also available through Florida's official website, GatorZone.com.

Florida Series History
The Duke/Florida series dates back to 1921 as the Blue Devils own a 4-1 all-time record against the Gators. The two teams last met for a two-game series in 1972. Duke and Florida split their last series 1-1.

Duke vs. the SEC
The Blue Devils are 82-56-3 all-time against teams currently in the Southeastern Conference: Auburn (2-1), Florida (4-1), Georgia (16-17-2), LSU (0-1), Mississippi (1-2), South Carolina (55-34-1) and Tennessee (2-0). Friday's game marks Duke's fi rst against an SEC opponent since the Blue Devils split a two-game series with then-No. 22 Georgia in 2010 in Waco, Texas.

Season Openers
Duke is 80-36-2 all-time in season openers. The Blue Devils have posted a 6-4 record in season-opening contests since 2003. In 2012, Duke opened the campaign with a three-game series at then-No. 13 Texas. The Blue Devils dropped the fi rst two games of the series (Game 1: 0-4, Game 2: 3-5) before earning a 5-2 victory over the Longhorns in game three.

Starters Lost
Duke lost four letterwinners and two starters from last year's team. The departures include All-American and fi rstround draft pick Marcus Stroman (6-5, 2.39 ERA, 14 starts, 98.0 IP), senior relief pitcher David Putman (1-1, 2.76 ERA, 24 appearances, 32.2 IP) and senior centerfi elder Will Piwnica-Worms (.286, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 4 SB).

Homecomoing for Seven Blue Devils
Seven Blue Devils - senior RHP Chase Bebout, redshirt sophomore INF Aaron Cohn, sophomore RHP/OF Andrew, junior RHP/INF/OF Mark Lumpa, sophomore RHP Sarkis Ohanian, junior INF/OF David Perkins and freshman INF/OF Jalen Phillips - return to their home state this weekend when Duke takes on Florida. Lumpa, a native of Udhailiyah, Saudi Arabia, played four seasons at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., prior to attending Duke. Duke's roster features more Florida products (7) than any other state.

Setting Up the Rotation
Duke will open the season with the starting rotation of Trent Swart, Drew Van Orden and Robert Huber. Swart, a sophomore LHP from Carlsbad, Calif., went 4-8 with a 4.28 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 73.2 innings as a rookie in 2012. A junior RHP from Mahattan Beach, Calif., Van Orden pitched primarily out of the Duke bullpen a year ago, posting a 5.82 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 34.0 innings. A versatile verteran, Huber, a junior RHP from Plano, Texas, went 4-6 in 2012 with a 5.19 ERA, striking out 42 in 78.0 innings.

Swart Looks to Continue Freshman Success
Sophomore left-hander Trent Swart averaged 9.29 strikeouts per nine innings as a freshman in 2012, the sixth-highest mark in the ACC and the second-best among conference rookies. Swart struck out 76 hitters in 73.2 innings. Duke was the only team in the ACC to have two starting pitchers average over 9.00 strikeouts per game last season (Swart: 9.29K/9 IP, Marcus Stroman: 12.49K/9 IP).

Top Returning Position Players
The Blue Devils return all but one position player (Will Pwinica-Worms) from last season. Junior catcher Mike Rosenfeld is back after leading Duke in batting average (.312) and hits (53) as a sophomore in 2012 and is also the Blue Devils' returning leader in slugging percentage (.459), RBI (31) and stolen bases (7). A career .315 hitter, senior Jeff Kremer will see time in the outfield as well as at designated hitter this season. A two-way player, sophomore Andrew Istler led the team with a .323 average in ACC-play as a freshman. In addition, redshirt sophomore Chris Marconcini, a Freshman All-American in 2011, is back after missing the 2012 campaign due to injury. Marconcini led Duke in doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage as a rookie in 2011.

Rosenfeld Among Top ACC Catchers
Junior catcher Mike Rosenfeld was among the best at keeping opposing runners at bay last season, ranking second in the ACC with 18 runners caught stealing and third with a .640 stolen base percentage against. Rosenfeld threw out 18-of-50 base runners, trailing only Maryland's Aaron Etchison, who threw out 14-of-26 (.462), and Jack Cleary, who threw out 15-of-30 (.500). In addition, Rosenfeld was among the ACC's top-hitting catchers in 2012, ranking third among league backstops with a .312 batting average and 53 hits. He was one of only four ACC catchers to hit over .300 for the season.

Blue Devils Welcome Seven Newcomers for 2013
Duke added seven newcomers to the program for the 2013 season, six from the high school ranks and one transfer.

Name - Hometown (Previous School)
Jake Cosart - League City, Texas (Clear Creek)
Nick Hendrix - Arlington, Texas (Martin)
Kenny Koplove - Philadelphia, Pa. (William Penn Charter)
James Marvel - Moraga, Calif. (Campolindo)
Michael Matuella - Great Falls, Va. (Georgetown Prep)
Jalen Phillips - Ocoee, Fla. (Dr. Phillips)
Conner Stevens * - Raleigh, N.C. (Tennessee)
*Will not play in 2013 due to NCAA transfer rules

Munger & Rosenfeld Named Team Captains
Following a team vote, senior catcher/right-hander Ryan Munger and junior catcher Mike Rosenfeld will serve as team captains for the 2013 season. A native of The Woodlands, Texas, Munger caught 63 games over his first three seasons and has also seen time at fi rst base. Rosenfeld emerged as one of the top catchers in the ACC last season, leading the Blue Devils in batting average (.312), hits (53) and stolen bases (7) while ranking second on the team in slugging percentage (.459) and RBI (31).

Blue Devils Sign Six to Class of 2017
The Duke baseball program signed six high school seniors to National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period. The Class of 2017 includes right-handed pitchers Karl Blum (Toms River, N.J.), J.R. Holloway (Austin, Texas) and Bailey Clark (Asheville, N.C.), left-handed pitchers Kevin Lewallyn (Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) and James Ziemba (Hillsborough, N.J.) and catcher Cristian Perez (Miami, Fla.). The group will arrive in Durham next fall and take the fi eld for Duke in the spring of 2014.

Up Next
Duke returns to Durham, N.C., for its home opener against Bucknell Friday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m., at Jack Coombs Field. The Blue Devils and the Bison are set for a three-game series with the fi rst pitch for game two and game three scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 12 p.m., respectively. The series next weekend marks the first time Duke and Bucknell have met since the 1971 campaign.

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