DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke baseball team returns to ACC action this weekend, playing host to Virginia Tech in a three-game series at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Game times are 6 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
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The Blue Devil Network will stream live video all three games and Steve Barnes will call the action for the audio broadcast. Live stats are also available through GoDuke.com while fans cans also follow updates of each game via @Duke_BASE, the official Twitter account of Duke baseball.
Saturday: Virginia Tech 14, Duke 7
A five-run first inning gave Virginia Tech a lead it would not relinquish as Duke fell to the Hokies, 14-7, Saturday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Blue Devils cut the deficit to three runs in both the second and seventh innings, but the Hokies were able to answer on both occasions.
Junior Drew Van Orden (1-2) took the loss for Duke. The right-hander went 2.1 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks. Devin Burke (5-0) secured his fifth win of the season for the Hokies, allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings.
The Hokies sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the first, scoring five runs on six hits. Right fielder Gary Schneider singled on the first pitch of the game and four-straight Virginia Tech players recorded a hit with one out to plate the first three runs of the game. With the bases loaded, shortstop Alex Perez snuck a base hit inside the third base line to make it 5-0 in favor of the Hokies.
Duke got one back in the first as sophomore second baseman Andy Perez lifted his first career home run over the Blue Monster in left field. Junior third baseman Jordan Betts followed suit in the bottom of the second, leading off the inning with a solo shot of his own to cut the Virginia Tech lead to 5-2. The home run was Betts' fourth this season and ninth of his career.
The Hokies answered with a run in both the third and fourth innings before adding a pair in the sixth to extend their lead to 9-2.
Despite the deficit, Duke continued to battle and scored four runs over the sixth and seventh innings. First baseman Chris Marconcini doubled to lead off the sixth and advanced to third on a Grant McCabe infield single. Catcher Ryan Munger recorded the first RBI of the inning, plating Marconcini on a grounder to short, before left fielder Mark Lumpa laced a single to center to bring home McCabe.
The Blue Devils added two more runs in the seventh on a Marconcini two-run homer to right field to cut Virginia Tech's advantage to 9-6. Marconcini leads Duke with five home runs on the season and has totaled nine for his career.
Duke was unable to pull any closer, however, as the Hokies scored three runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth. Virginia Tech totaled 16 hits on the day, led by Tyler Horan's 4-for-5 performance. The Tech left fielder belted two triples in the game, adding two RBI and three runs scored.
Friday: Virginia Tech 2, Duke 1 (11)
For the first time this season, Duke went to extra innings but the Blue Devils came up just short, falling to Virginia Tech 2-1 Friday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Blue Devil starter Trent Swart left the game with a 1-0 lead after tossing seven scoreless innings. The Duke left-hander scattered six hits and struck out seven on the night, but an Alex Perez solo home run off sophomore Andrew Istler tied the game at 1-1 in the eighth.
The Blue Devils almost came up with their second walkoff victory of the season, placing two men on with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Virginia Tech righty Jake Joyce, who came on in relief, worked out of the bind with a strikeout and a groundout to send the game to extra innings.
Following a scoreless 10th, Virginia Tech was able to push across its second run of the game in the 11th. Pinder began the frame with a leadoff single before Tyler Horan hit into a fielder's choice. Mark Zagunis then flew out to center for the second out. Perez nearly made a spectacular diving grab on an Andrew Rash flare single to end the threat, but the ball fell in along the right field line. Pinch hitter Chad Morgan then came to the plate and delivered an RBI single to right to score Horan from third.
Senior catcher Ryan Munger registered his first RBI of the season in the second inning, sending a base hit through the left side to plate sophomore Grant McCabe, who had drawn a walk and stolen second. Munger reached base three times on the night, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and an RBI.
Brad Markey was also stellar on the mound for the Hokies, allowing just the one run in 8.1 innings of work. The Hokie right-hander gave up six hits and struck out five in his fifth appearance of the year.
Jake Joyce (3-1) recorded the win for the Hokies, throwing 2.2 innings in relief. He allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out three batters. Istler (1-2) would take the loss for the Blue Devils as the right-hander allowed two runs on six hits in four innings.
Sophomore Andy Perez led Duke with a 3-for-6 performance at the plate, his first three-hit game of the season. Munger, Anthes and McCabe recorded the remaining hits for the Blue Devils.
Next week, Duke faces in-state opponent Charlotte at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Blue Devils will then travel to Clemson for a three-game series over the weekend, starting with a 6:30 p.m. game Friday.