Nick Asselin also contributed a pair of scoreless relief appearances in each game, going two innings in each while picking up the save in game one. In the series opener, Asselin took over for Eagles starter Doyle, who scattered seven Duke hits while striking out seven batters in his seven innings of work. After Duke (21-9, 4-9 ACC) put up two runs in the second inning, Doyle held the Blue Devils scoreless over his next five frames before handing the ball to Asselin, who contributed two shutout innings of relief to earn the save.
Asselin also paired with
Duke received a solid outing from game one starter Andrew Wolcott (2-3), but could not provide enough run support to overcome a two-run fifth inning that put
Freshman shortstop Jake Lemmerman led Duke offensively with four hits and an RBI on the day, while sophomore outfielder Alex Hassan picked up a pair of hits and two walks in his return to his home state of
Duke Relievers Michael Ness and Ryan Perry combined for five shutout innings between games one and two with Perry holding the Eagles without a hit over his two innings of work in the nightcap. The duo stifled a
Game One: Doyle Stifles Duke’s
After giving up a pair of runs in the second inning, Terry Doyle (3-3) rebounded to hold Duke scoreless over his final five frames and give Boston College the opportunity to overcome a 2-1 deficit, which they did with a two-run fifth en route to a 3-2 win.
The two runs in the second inning were the only allowed by Doyle, who scattered seven Blue Devils hits and three walks over seven innings while racking up seven strikeouts. He outdueled Duke starter Andrew Wolcott (2-2), who gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits over five innings of work.
All three of
Ryan McCurdy and Jake Lemmerman each drove in runs for Duke, while Tim Sherlock and Kyle Kreick contributed one run apiece. Lemmerman posted his seventh career multi-hit effort with a 2-for-4 outing, while Jonathan Nicolla matched him with a 2-for-4 performance of his own.
Sophomore Michael Ness took the mound in place of Wolcott in the sixth inning and shut down the Eagle offense with three scoreless innings of relief.
Williams and Hassan gave Duke a pair of consecutive singles in the opening frame, but were left stranded after
Wolcott struggled with his control in the first inning, issuing a pair of leadoff walks to the first two Eagle hitters. He settled down just in time, however, and induced a ground ball up the middle that Lemmerman and Saade converted into a double play to clear the bases before McCurdy recorded the final out on a grounder to third base.
It did not take the Blue Devils long to take their first lead of the ballgame, as Lemmerman dropped a one-out single just inside the right field line score Sherlock from second base. The run was the first of two in the inning for the Blue Devils, who put their first four batters of the inning on base. Nicolla started the rally by drilling a leadoff single into center field before advancing to second base after Sherlock drew a 3-1 walk.
Butera responded with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the second for the Eagles, who cut the deficit to 2-1 thanks to a two-out walk from Sudol that preceded Butera’s base knock. Sudol’s walk loaded the bases for
Saade used his speed to create a scoring opportunity for Duke in the top of the fifth after laying down a two-out bunt single just before stealing second and drawing a bad throw from Sanchez on the attempt that sailed into center field. Saade moved to third on the error to give the Blue Devils a chance to go ahead by two runs with two outs on the board. Saade’s efforts were erased by Doyle, however, as the Eagle starter dished out a 3-2 strikeout to Nicolla to end the inning with the 2-1 deficit still intact. Nicolla brought consecutive base hits into the at bat, but was finally retired by Doyle after swinging through a 3-2 fastball on the outer half of the plate.
Duke had an opportunity to tie the game in the top half of the sixth after a leadoff double from Sherlock, but could not get to Doyle as the Eagle starter retired three straight to strand Sherlock at third.
Meanwhile, Doyle continued to cruise through the seventh inning and retired the side in order. After Duke’s two-run second inning, the senior right-hander settled down to pitch five scoreless innings over the remainder of his seven-inning start. With a 3-2 lead in hand, he handed the ball to Asselin in the eighth, who retired the side in order with consecutive strikeouts.
Dan Houston (2-1) and Nick Asselin held Duke scoreless over nine innings while scattering a combined four hits to lead
Six Eagles added RBI, while Michael Belfiore and Sam Shaugnessy each contributed a pair of hits.
Ryan Perry was one of the few bright spots for Duke in the game, as the senior reliever closed out the final two innings without allowing a single
Duke had a chance to take back one of the runs in the next half inning, but could move Grant Monroe no further than second after the Blue Devil freshman reached on an error to lead off the inning. After Smith misplayed
After scoring the first run of the ballgame in the opening frame, Belfiore came through for
Shaugnessy matched Belfiore with a two-out RBI double of his own in the bottom of the third that put the Eagles ahead 4-0. Shaugnessy’s two-bagger was another deep drive to left-center that sent in
Duke finally got to
The Eagles threatened to stage another two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth, but Gould saved yet another run for Duke with a running catch on the warning track in deep left-center field. The deep drive came off Smith’s bat with two outs and was well on its way to becoming an RBI extra base knock before Gould got on his horse and tracked down the deep fly two steps in front of the outfield wall.
Currier gave way to freshman Dennis O'Grady after giving up a single to open the bottom of the sixth, but O’Grady could quiet
Perry took over pitching duties for the Blue Devils in the bottom of the seventh and used just 12 pitches to take Duke into the eighth inning. The Eagles followed suit, sending Asselin to the mound in the eighth for his second consecutive appearance. The junior right-hander picked up right where he left off in game one, facing just three batters to keep Boston College’s 6-0 lead intact.
Perry stayed in a groove in the eighth and retired the side in order on just 13 pitches. The side-arming senior picked up his 15th strikeout of the season in the eighth and has now averaged just under one strikeout per frame through 15.2 innings of work. Duke could not build off of Perry’s solid relief outing though, as Asselin retired the side in the ninth as well to end the game.
The Blue Devils will look to bounce back in game three of the series on Sunday, April 6, in