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Duke vs. Georgia Tech l 1 PM l Jack Coombs Field
Monday 04/07/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke baseball team takes on No. 15 Georgia Tech in a three-game series this weekend. Game times are Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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The Blue Devil Network will stream live video of the game and Chris Edwards 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.

Last Time Out
No. 15 Georgia Tech scored the go-ahead run on an infield single in the eighth and held off Duke in the final two frames for the 2-1 victory Saturday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field.

Duke struck first with its lone run of the game coming in the second inning. The Blue Devils put a run on the board after freshman Kenny Koplove sent a fly ball to the outfield that Tech right fielder Daniel Palka lost in the sun. With a runner on second, senior Ryan Munger delivered the two-out RBI single to put Duke on top, 1-0.

Georgia Tech answered in the top of the third as a pair of walks proved costly. Third baseman Sam Dove and Palka drew back-to-back, one-out walks and catcher Zane Evans singled through the right side to even the score at one-all. Duke starter Drew Van Orden was able to work out of the jam, inducing a groundball to third before striking out A.J. Murray to end the frame.

A gritty outing by Van Orden, the Duke right-hander walked six batters but only gave up the one run over six complete. The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native allowed just three singles and struck out five in his eighth start of the season.

Freshman Michael Matuella pitched a perfect seventh in relief with a strikeout before giving way to sophomore Andrew Istler in the eighth.

Palka began the top of the frame with a double to right center, Georgia Tech’s first extra-base hit of the series. Evans followed with a walk before Matt Gonzalez sent a fly ball to center for the first out and Istler fanned Murray for the second out. Facing a full count, designated hitter Thomas Smith fouled off a pair of pitches, then bounced a ball up the middle for the RBI single. Koplove was almost able to range over from shortstop to make the play, but Smith beat out the throw at first, allowing Palka to plate the go-ahead run.

Trailing by one, Duke had a chance in the ninth as sophomore Grant McCabe drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a Jordan Betts sac bunt. However, Evans, now on the mound in relief, retired the final two Duke batters to preserve the victory.

Georgia Tech’s Jonathan King (2-2) earned the win, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Istler (1-3) would suffer the loss after permitting one run on two hits in the eighth.

Junior Mark Lumpa was the only Blue Devil with more than one hit in the contest as the Duke left fielder went 2-for-3 at the plate for the second straight game. The Yellow Jacket offense was led by Kyle Wren, who was 2-for-5 on the afternoon.

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