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Duke Baseball Games Notes: Duke vs. Virginia Tech (March 6-8)
Thursday 03/06/2009  -  Duke Sports Information
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Junior outfielder Alex Hassan is batting .484 on the season and .600...

Duke (6-2, 0-0 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech (8-1, 0-0 ACC)
March 6-8, 2009 – Jack Coombs Field (Durham, N.C.) 

Probable Starters:

Game 1 – Friday, March 6 (3 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Christopher Manno (1-1, 4.76 ERA)
Virginia Tech Starter: Rhett Ballard (2-0, 2.19 ERA) 

Game 2 – Saturday, March 7 (2 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Andrew Wolcott (2-0, 1.29 ERA)
Virginia Tech Starter: Justin Wright (1-0, 4.91 ERA)

Game 3 – Sunday, March 8 (1 p.m.)
Duke Starter: TBA
Virginia Tech Starter: Sean McDermott (1-0, 1.50 ERA) OR Matthew Price (1-0, 3.00 ERA)

Series Notes

Duke Against Virginia Tech

Duke is 22-16 against the Hokies in a series that began in in 1907. Duke is 6-3 against Virginia Tech under head coach Sean McNally, having taken two of three in every series since 2006. The series against the Hokies is one of the most evenly matched in Duke baseball history. Since Virginia Tech joined the ACC, Duke is 7-5 against the Hokies. Duke has won the last three series, but has never swept the Hokies in a three-game set.

Last Time Against The Hokies

Virginia Tech spoiled Duke’s shot at an ACC Tournament berth in 2008 by voiding a series sweep that would have sent Duke to the conference’s  postseason tournament. Duke entered the three-game series — it’s last of the season in 2008 — needing to sweep Virginia Tech to clinch eighth place in the conference. The Blue Devils took the first game 4-2 on the strength of a one-run, six-inning start by Andrew Wolcott and a two-inning save by Alex Hassan, but fell 8-5 in game two when Hokie first baseman Sean O’Brien broke out with a two-run homer. Duke enacted revenge with a 7-5 win in game three, thanks to a two-RBI performance from Jonathan Nicolla.

Blue Devils Against Va. Tech

Senior catcher Matt Williams has been a Hokie killer in his four-year career, raking a .438 average with 14 hits and seven RBI in nine games. Jeremy Gould has also had success against Virginia Tech, batting .417, while Nate Freiman has blasted four extra-base hits - including a home run - as part of a .324 batting average. Here is a look at Blue Devils who have played against Virginia Tech.

Blue Devils vs. Va. Tech

BATTERS (By Batting Average)
Player              Avg      GP       AB        R          H          XBH     RBI
Matt Williams    .438      9          32         12         14         3          7
Jeremy Gould    .417      3          12         3          5          2          1
Nate Freiman     .324      9          34         4          11         4          4
Ryan McCurdy   .333      3          12         3          4          0          1
Gabriel Saade    .286      6          21         3          6          1          3
Kyle Butler        .250      4          8          1          2          0          1
Alex Hassan      .227      6          22         7          5          2          5
Tim Sherlock     .200      3          5          0          1          1          2
J. Lemmerman   .182      3          11         1          2          0          2
Ben Condon      .000      1          0          0          0          0          0
John Bunder      .000      2          0          0          0          0          0
J. Foreman        .000      1          1          0          0          0          0
Tom Luciano      .000      2          0          0          0          0          0
TEAM   .318      89         280       61         89         24         48 

PITCHERS (By Innings Pitched)
Player                          APP-GS            W-L-SV            ERA      IP         BB        SO       Avg.
Andrew Wolcott             3-1                    0-0-0                 3.81      11.1      6          12         .241
Will Currier                    2-0                    2-0-0                 1.86      9.2        3          6          .297
Alex Hassan                  3-1                    1-1-0                 5.19      8.2        1          8          .248
Christopher Manno         1-1                    0-1-0                 8.44      5.1        1          5          .243
Jonathan Foreman         1-1                    0-0-0                 6.75      4.0        3          2          .250
Michael Ness                3-0                    0-0-0                 6.00      3.0        0          2          .144
Michael Seander            2-0                    0-0-0                 6.00      3.0        1          3          .250
Kyle Butler                    1-0                    0-0-0                 0.00      1.0        1          0          .250
Dennis O'Grady             1-0                    0-0-1                 0.00      0.1        0          0          .100
TEAM                           28-6                  6-3-1                 4.23      76.2      26         66         .235

By The Numbers

• Duke had four players named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which was the second-most selections in the ACC. Outfielders Jeremy Gould and Alex Hassan joined first baseman Nate Freiman and left-handed pitcher Christopher Manno on the list.

• Senior right-hander Andrew Wolcott has thrown just 150 pitches in 14.0 innings this season. That is an average of 10.7 pitches per inning. Of those, 110 have gone for strikes, which is 73 percent of all of his pitches.

• Andrew Wolcott has given up just one walk through his first two starts while striking out 14 batters. His 14:1 walk-to-strikeout ratio is the second-best in the ACC.

• First baseman Nate Freiman has mashed four home runs this season to tie for the ACC lead. He has had multiple bombs in two games, giving him seven career multi-home run games. Freiman also ranks tied for third in the conference with 13 RBI.

• Junior outfielder Jeremy Gould has at least one hit in 30 of his last 34 games, dating back to the 2008 season. A 6-4, 200 pound outfielder, Gould recently ended an ACC-leading 20-game hit streak.

• Jeremy Gould leads Duke with six multi-hit games this season and has at least two base knocks in six of eight games this season. He ranks seventh on Duke’s career batting average list with a .340 clip.

• Duke has six starters hitting .333 or better. Alex Hassan leads the group with a .484 clip, while Jeremy Gould (.394), Nate Freiman (.385) and Matt Williams (.364) are all batting over .350.

• Alex Hassan is currently on a four-game hitting streak in which he is batting .600 with nine hits and five runs scored.

• Hassan also boasts a .568 on base percentage, reaching base in 21 of his 37 plate appearances. He ranks fifth in the ACC in the category.

• Duke’s roster boasts four players who have been drafted. Senior first baseman Nate Freiman (28th Rd, Rangers) and freshmen Eric Pfisterer (15th Rd, Reds) and Brian Litwin (24th Rd, Pirates) were each selected in the 2008 draft, while senior outfielder Tim Sherlock (32nd Rd, Phillies) was picked out of high school in 2005.

• Right fielder Alex Hassan is currently in the midst of a 63-game errorless streak. He won a Rawlings Gold Glove for his perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 2008 and has yet to commit a fault this season.

• Duke was one of 64 teams predicted by Baseball America to earn an NCAA Regional berth in 2009. Duke has not made an NCAA Regional since the 1961 season and has appeared in five NCAA Tournaments overall. Duke has made it to the CWS three times.

• Duke has won six of nine games against Virginia Tech under head coach Sean McNally, taking two of three in each of the last three series.

• Duke had four players play in the Cape Cod League last summer. First baseman Nate Freiman made his second straight appearance in the prestigious collegiate league and played with the Orleans Cardinals. Alex Hassan was Freiman’s teammate with the Cardinals, while shortstop Jake Lemmerman played with the Wareham Gatemen and southpaw Christopher Manno pitched the Harwich Mariners to the CCBL Championship. Manno was named a CCBL All-Star and to the All-League teams. 

• Freshman outfielder Will Piwnica-Worms is batting .417 over his last four games with three extra-base knocks and two multi-hit games. Piwnica-Worms is on a five-game hitting streak.

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