DURHAM, N.C. - Jarrett Parker went 5-for-5, homered twice and drove in four runs to back a five-hit complete game from Robert Morey as No. 1 Virginia defeated Duke 11-1 on Saturday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Parker homered in his last two at bats and is now 7-for-9 with five RBI, five runs scored and four extra-base hits in the first two games of the Duke-Virginia series. The junior outfielder also stole a base on Saturday and has reached base safely nine times in his last 11 trips to the plate.
Virginia third baseman Steven Proscia matched Parker with four RBI and launched a ninth-inning home run that was the first of back-to-back shots from him and Parker. Proscia also tagged a three-run double as part of a six-run seventh inning that blew open what was previously a 3-1 Virginia lead heading into that inning.
Morey (7-2) got more than enough run support as he allowed just one run on five hits in his first career complete game. The nine-inning complete game is the second straight by a Virginia starter as Friday starter Danny Hultzen also went the distance in a 12-3 win. Morey finished with eight strikeouts and issued just one walk.
Morey and Duke freshman starter Marcus Stroman (5-2) went head-to-head in a pitcher's duel through the first six innings as Virginia managed only a two-run lead at 3-1. Both pitchers combined for just one walk for the game. It took over five innings for either starter to walk a batter as Morey issued the game's first free pass with a two-out walk in the bottom of the sixth.
The Cavaliers (38-9, 17-6) knocked Stroman out of the game in the seventh inning, however, which proved to be the opportunity they needed to put the game away. In the 2.2 innings after Stroman left the game, Virginia put seven runs on the board and homered three times.
Duke (25-20, 7-16 ACC) got its only run on a two-out home run from junior Dennis O'Grady in the fourth inning. O'Grady's homer was his second of the season and left the park in straightaway center field.
Stroman and Morey combined to face just one batter over the minimum for the first three innings. Stroman struck out four during those first three frames, including three in the third, while neither pitcher surrendered a walk. The Cavaliers tagged Stroman for three hits, but got further than first base just once as Duke catcher Ryan McCurdy caught Keith Werman stealing second in the first inning and the Blue Devil middle infield turned a double play in the second.
Duke took the first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out solo home run from O'Grady. O'Grady's long ball left the deepest part of the ballpark in straightaway center field and was only the fourth homer surrendered by Morey all season.
Virginia catcher John Hicks responded with a blast of his own in the top of the fifth, however, and put the Cavaliers on top 2-1 with a homer to the left field gap. Hicks' blast plated Parker, who singled for the second straight at bat to lead off the inning.
Parker came through with another hit in the sixth to drive in Virginia's third run for a 3-1 lead. The base knock - Parker's third of the game - came with two men on base as the Cavaliers strung together four singles in that inning.
But while Stroman managed to hold the ACC's best offense to just three runs over the first six innings, the Cavaliers would not be held down for long. After Stroman left the game with a runner on base and one out, Virginia exploded for six runs, including five with six outs. Those five runs came off of reliever Chase Bebout, who surrendered a three-run double to Proscia and a two-run homer to Parker in consecutive at bats.
Bebout rebounded to throw a scoreless eighth, but still had trouble retiring Proscia and Parker as the Cavalier duo tagged back-to-back solo home runs in the top of the ninth. Both homers came with two outs, giving the Cavaliers seven runs with two outs for the game.
Morey stayed on to close out the ninth and retired the side in order to secure his first career complete game. Morey needed just 110 pitches to get through his nine innings of work.
With Virginia leading 2-0, the Blue Devils will try and block the sweep in game three on Sunday, May 2, at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils will start left-hander Eric Pfisterer (3-4, 5.53 ERA) against Virginia's undefeated right-hander Cody Winiarski (5-0, 3.96 ERA).