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Baseball Game Notes: Duke at NC State (May 20-22)
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/19/2010
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Duke Baseball Game Notes
Duke (29-24, 8-19 ACC) vs. NC State (32-20, 12-15 ACC)
May 20-22, 2010
Raleigh, N.C. (Doak Field)

Thursday, May 20 (6:30 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Marcus Stroman, RHP (6-3, 4.78 ERA)
NC State Starter: Jake Buchanan, RHP (6-4, 3.81 ERA)

Friday, May 21 (6:30 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Eric Pfisterer, LHP (3-6, 6.45 ERA)
NC State Starter: Cory Mazzoni, RHP (7-3, 4.58 ERA)

Sunday, May 22 (1 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Dennis O'Grady, RHP (2-4, 4.36 ERA)
NC State Starter: TBA

Duke Storylines

Approaching 30 Wins

  • The 2010 Blue Devils are on the verge of becoming the first Duke team to post three consecutive 30-win seasons since the 1992-98 Duke squads.
  • At 29-24, the Blue Devils have three remaining games - all against NC State - to pick up the 30th win of the season.
  • Duke head coach Sean McNally would be the first Duke coach to win 30 games in three of his first five seasons.
  • McNally, with a 145-131-1 career record, already has the most wins through five seasons of any coach in Duke history.

Last Time Against NC State

  • NC State edged Duke 3-1 in the series opener on April 11, but Duke bounced back to win games two and three 11-2 and 8-7.
  • In game one, Jimmy Gilheeny outdueled Duke ace Andrew Wolcott, holding Duke to one run on six hits over 8.0 innings. Wolcott scattered three runs over 7.1 innings.
  • Game two featured three RBI from junior Gabriel Saade and a 4-for-5, two-RBI, three-run showing from Alex Hassan.
  • In game three, Duke scored three runs in the bottom of the 10th to overcome a 7-5 deficit. Nate Freiman drove in the winning run with a walk-off single that came after he fouled off six two-strike pitches in an 11-pitch at bat.

Second-Half Slugger

  • Shortstop Jake Lemmerman has heated up during the second half in each of his three seasons at Duke.
  • The 2010 season is no different, as Lemmerman is batting .374 since April 10 compared to a .310 average before that.
  • For his career, Lemmerman is a .331 hitter in the second half compared to a .270 average in the first half.
  • Lemmerman has a .469 average in eight May games this year.
  • He has a hit in 21 of his past 23 games and is on a 10-game hitting streak heading into the NC State series.

All Good Things Come To An End

  • Sophomore center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms committed a throwing error in Friday's game against Virginia Tech, ending a team-best 107-game errorless streak.
  • Piwnica-Worms had not made an error since his second career game
  • A 6-2, 200 pound center fielder, Piwnica-Worms has just two errors in his career along with a .992 career fielding clip.

Gold Glove

  • Duke shortstop Jake Lemmerman is one of the best defenders in the nation and boasts a .986 fielding percentage on the year, which leads all ACC shortstops.
  • Lemmerman has made just three errors in 51 games this season and recently snapped a career-long 22-game errorless streak.
  • His .986 fielding clip this seasons leads all ACC shortstops by a large margin. He finished second in the category in 2009.
  • Lemmerman has started all but three games in his three-year career and owns a .964 career fielding percentage.

O'Grady Heating Up

  • Junior Dennis O'Grady has swung a hot bat over the past month and is hitting .358 since April 23.
  • Also a weekend starter, O'Grady has driven in 13 RBI in Duke's nine May games while homering once and doubling five times during that stretch.
  • O'Grady has at least one RBI in six of Duke's nine games in May.
  • O'Grady has been one of Duke's most valuable players this year, having made 10 starts on the mound, 13 at first base, 11 at second base and nine in the outfield.

Non-Conference Domination

  • The Blue Devils played their final non-conference game of the regular season this week and finished with a 21-5 record against non-ACC foes.
  • The Blue Devils rattled off 13 non-conference wins at one point and went 20-1 against non-ACC teams from Feb. 26 until a 6-4 loss at Wofford on May 12.
  • In five seasons under head coach Sean McNally, the Blue Devils are 98-32 (.754) against non-conference teams. Included in that record was a perfect 27-0 mark against non-conference teams in 2008.

Duke = Defense

  • Duke ranks third in the ACC and among the top 10 nationally with a .976 fielding percentage.
  • Through the last update of the NCAA fielding statistics (May 16), Duke ranked 10th in the country.
  • Duke led the nation in fielding percentage with a .978 clip in 2008 and finished fourth with a school-record .979 clip in 2009.
  • Duke has led the ACC in fielding percentage in each of the last two seasons.
  • In five seasons under coach Sean McNally, the Blue Devils have an ACC-leading .971 fielding percentage.