Freiman collected four hits in six at bats, while Saade mashed a triple and a single while also picking up his 15th stolen base of the season. The four-hit game was the fourth straight multi-hit outing for Freiman, who has raised his batting average 60 points to a team-leading .393 during that span. Since returning to the lineup six games ago, Freiman is batting .500 with 14 RBI, two home runs and four doubles.
Of Duke's 20 hits in the game, eight went for extra-bases. Catcher Matt Williams had two extra-base knocks with a pair of doubles, while shortstop Jake Lemmerman hammered his second career home run. In addition to Freiman and Saade, four other Blue Devils collected multiple hits, including sophomores Alex Hassan and Ryan McCurdy who each turned in three hits. Hassan has now collected at least one hit in all 21 of Duke's non-conference games this season.
Jonathan Foreman (2-0) picked up the win after holding
With the win, Duke (26-12, 5-12 ACC) moves to 21-0 against non-conference opponents. The Blue Devils have won their last three games by a combined score of 46-4 while reaching double figures in each of the last two outings.
Carlton Floyd was the lone bright spot for
Duke took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning after loading the bases with no outs and sending all three runners across the plate. Jonathan Nicolla and Saade provided the RBI in the inning, as Nicolla sent in Williams with a sacrifice fly ball to deep right field just before Saade plated Freiman with a two-out RBI single. Hassan also scored in the inning after ripping a leadoff double and getting a free pass to the plate on a wild pitch. The opening two-bagger was the team-leading 13th of the season for Hassan and extended his non-conference hitting streak to 21 straight games.
The three-run first inning was enough for
After Gardo threw up a zero in the second, the Fighting Camels went to their bullpen once again and brought in right-hander Josh Fish at the start of the third. Fish gave up a pair of hits to open the inning, including a one-out double to Nicolla that moved Freiman to third base after his leadoff single. Fish pitched well enough to have gotten out of the inning unharmed, but took the brunt of a pair of
Duke’s offense kept rolling in the fourth and pounded four extra base hits, including a two-run homer from Lemmerman, en route to a seven-run inning for a 13-1 lead. The Blue Devils totaled six hits in the inning, beginning with three straight from Hassan, Williams and Freiman to open the frame. Williams’ and Freiman’s knocks were both doubles down the right field line with Freiman’s two-bagger sending in both runners. Colin Parker, who came on in relief to start the inning, finally managed to pick up the first out, but was hurt by another fielding error from his defense after Nicolla reached base on a botched ground ball. Saade then cleared the bases with a two-run triple to prompt another pitching change from Campbell, as right-hander Jeff Hoffman came in to inherit a one-out situation with Saade on third. Hoffman induced a ground ball to his first batter, but shortstop Zach Johnson opted to throw out Saade at the plate and misfired to catcher Stephen Parsons, allowing Saade to score and Kreick to reach first with one out. Lemmerman then stepped up to the plate and mashed the first pitch he saw well over the 337 sign down the left field line for his second home run of the season.
Duke added one more run to its 14-1 lead on a two-out RBI base hit from Freiman. The single up the middle was the fourth hit of the ball game for Duke’s junior first baseman and scored Williams, who reached with a two-out double off the left field wall.
Foreman handed the ball to Perry at the top of the sixth after the sophomore starter tossed five innings of one-run baseball for the second straight start. Perry came in to face
Following Perry’s scoreless sixth, Duke sent
The Blue Devils added an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI single from McCurdy to improve the lead to 16-1.
Duke will head back to Jack Coombs Field this weekend for a three-game series with Clemson, beginning at on Friday, April 18. The series will continue at on Saturday before wrapping up on on Sunday. Outside of Friday starter Andrew Wolcott, Duke’s rotation for the weekend has yet to be determined.