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Duke Baseball Notes: Duke vs NC State (April 10-12)
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Release: 04/09/2009
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Duke Baseball Notes: Duke vs. NC State (April 10-12)


*Complete notes attached as PDF


Duke (22-12, 7-8 ACC) vs. NC State (17-15, 6-9 ACC)

April 10-12, 2009

Durham, N.C. (Jack Coombs Field)


Probable Starters:


Game 1 – Friday, April 10 (7 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Andrew Wolcott (5-1, 1.94 ERA)
NC State Starter: Jimmy Gillheeney (4-1, 3.64)


Game 2 – Saturday, April 11 (2 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Christopher Manno (2-4, 6.14 ERA)
NC State Starter: Jake Buchanan (2-3, 5.21) 


Game 3 – Sunday, April 12 (1 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Eric Pfisterer (2-1, 3.80 ERA)
NC State Starter: To Be Announced


Series Information


Duke Against NC State

N.C. State leads Duke 140-120-1 in the all-time series after taking two of three games in the last two meetings (2005 & 2008). The teams have been evenly matched since 1997, however, with the Wolfpack putting together a slim 16-13 lead in regular season contests during that span. Duke has taken four of the 10 three-game series since 1997 with their last series victory coming in 2004. N.C. State has swept Duke twice (1991 & 2003) in the regular season. Duke head coach Sean McNally is 1-2 against NC State, while Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent is 17-13 against Duke in his 12 seasons at NC State.


Active Blue Devils vs. NC State

Matt Williams leads all Blue Devils with a .364 batting average against NC State after going 4-for-11 in last year’s series. He was one of four Blue Devils to hit over .300 in the series, which Duke lost two games to one. Nate Freiman had four RBI in the series, including three in a 4-1 series-opening win. Jeremy Gould went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs in game three, while senior right-hander Andrew Wolcott picked up the win in game one after holding the Wolfpack to one earned run over 6.0 innings.


BATTERS (By Batting Average)

Player                        Avg         GP       AB        R          H          HR        RBI

Matt Williams             .364         3          11         1          4          0          2

Jeremy Gould            .333         3          12         2          4          0          1

Tom Luciano              .333         2          3          1          1          0          0

Nate Freiman              .308         3          13         2          4          1          4

Alex Hassan              .182         3          11         3          2          0          0

Jake Lemmerman       .182         3          11         0          2          0          2

Gabriel Saade            .182         3          11         1          2          0          2

Ryan McCurdy           .111         3          9          0          1          0          1

Chris Manno               .000         1          1          0          0          0          0

TEAM                        .244         3          82         10         20         1          12


PITCHERS (By Innings Pitched)

Player                        W-L-SV    A-GS    ERA     IP         BB        SO       Avg.

Andrew Wolcott        1-0-0        1-1        1.50      6.0        3          5          .143

Michael Ness             0-0-1        2-0        4.50      4.0        3          4          .231

Dennis O'Grady         0-1-0        1-1        12.00    3.0        0          2          .467

Alex Hassan              0-0-0        1-0        0.00      2.0        0          2          .000

Ryan Knott                 0-0-0        1-0        9.00      2.0        0          1          .455

Kyle Butler                 0-0-0        1-0        18.00    1.0        0          2          .600

Jonathan Foreman     0-0-0        1-0        0.00      1.0        1          0          .000

Kyle Butler                 0-0-0        1-0        0.00      1.1        0          0          .000

TEAM                        1-1-1        9-2        4.95      20.0      7          16         .272


Duke Against Ranked Teams

The Blue Devils are currently 4-5 on the season against ranked teams with a series win over No. 1 North Carolina. Duke took games two and three against the top-ranked Tar Heels 5-4 and 10-9 after falling 8-5 in the opener. Duke also took a game from No. 6 Miami 2-0 and another from No. 17 Clemson, 10-7. Senior starter Andrew Wolcott won all three games against North Carolina, Miami and Clemson on Saturdays. Duke has won at least two games over top-25 opponents in each of the last three seasons, including four in 2008.


Leading Off


• Duke is 22-12 overall and 7-8 in the ACC after taking one of three from No. 17 Clemson last weekend and splitting a pair of mid-week matchups this week. Duke took game two from the Tigers 10-7, thanks to a six-inning start from starter Andrew Wolcott and a four-out save from closer Alex Hassan. The win marked the fourth time this season that Duke beat a top-25 opponent.


• Seven of Duke’s last nine losses have been decided by four runs or less with two of those decided by one run.


• Duke is 7-8 against ACC teams through the first five conference series this season after going 3-10-1 against conference teams through five series in 2008. Duke has won two of their 2009 series, taking two of three Virginia Tech and No. 1 North Carolina. Duke has also taken one game in the other three series with wins over No. 6 Miami, No. 17 Clemson and Wake Forest.


• Duke is 22-0 when leading after the sixth inning, thanks to a bullpen that has racked up seven wins and 12 saves. Duke leads the ACC in saves with closer Alex Hassan tying for the lead among individuals with eight saves.


• Duke closer Alex Hassan tied the school’s all-time saves record last weekend after picking up a four-out save against No. 17 Clemson. Hassan is tied for the conference lead with eight saves this year and has 13 for his career, matching the school record set by Vaughn Schill (1997-99) and Mark Sikorski (1984-86).


By The Numbers


• Senior right-hander Andrew Wolcott is 5-1 on the year and has led Duke to wins in six of his seven starts. Wolcott has defeated all three top-25 teams he has faced this season with wins over No. 1 North Carolina, No. 6 Miami and No. 17 Clemson. He will make his first Friday start of the season this weekend against NC State.


• Andrew Wolcott has 37 strikeouts through 46.1 innings and just seven walks for a 5.3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Wolcott is averaging just 1.36 walks per nine innings this year.


• Andrew Wolcott is averaging 13.7 pitches per inning this season with 68 percent of his pitches coming in for strikes. Wolcott’s efficiency has allowed him to go at least five innings 19 straight starts, dating back to 2008.


• Duke head coach Sean McNally recently collected his 100th career win at Duke to become the fastest Blue Devil coach to reach that mark. It took former head coach Steve Traylor (356-286 from 1988-99) five seasons to reach 100 wins. McNally averaged 27 wins per season during this first three years at Duke and has a career record of 103-98-1.


• Duke caught five runners stealing in a double header against N.C. Central this week. Senior backstop Matt Williams caught two in game one, while classmate Nate Freiman caught three more in game two. Opposing teams are just 19-for-33 (57%) when stealing against Duke this season.


• Outfielder Jeremy Gould is tied for the ACC with 16 doubles this season.  Gould is on pace to break the school’s single-season doubles record of 24, held by Vaughn Schill since 1999.


• Duke had two players named to the  list of 30 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Both Nate Freiman and Matt Williams appeared on the list of candidates for the award, which honors a student-athlete who excels in four areas: Classroom, Character, Community and Competition.


• Nate Freiman drove in five runs in Tuesday’s double header, bringing his season total to 39, which ranks third in the ACC. Freiman also homered in the game for his 10th long ball of the year. Freiman now boasts a career .357 average, 33 home runs and 157 RBI, all of which rank among Duke’s top 10 in the school record books.


• Nate Freiman has launched 10 home runs this season after hammering 11 in 2008 to become the first Duke player since Richard King (1995-96) to hit double-digit home runs in consecutive seasons. Freiman ranks tied for fourth on Duke’s all-time home run list with 33 career bombs.


• 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.


• Offensive, defensive and pitching notes available in attached PDF. Complete notes also include season statistics, player career highs, player game logs and career statistics.