DURHAM, N.C. Ė The Duke baseball team will open ACC play this weekend when they host Boston College for a three-game series at Jack Coombs Field. Friday’s game is set for 3 p.m., Saturday’s game is scheduled for 2 p.m. and Sunday’s series finale will be at noon. The Blue Devils enter the series with a 15-1 record while the Eagles are 2-6.
Home Sweet Home
The Blue Devils are in the midst of an 11-game homestand at historic Jack Coombs Field.
Last Time Out
Freshman shortstop Gabriel Saade hit a pair of home runs on Wednesday, including a walk-off two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth to lift Duke to a 4-3 win over Xavier. With Duke trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth and with two outs in the inning, freshman Alexander Hassan lined a single up the middle to keep the Blue Devils alive. Saade then stepped to the plate and crushed a 1-1 pitch to straightaway center, giving Duke the 4-3 win.
Duke’s 15th victory matched the team’s win total from a year ago. The Blue Devils didn’t record their 15th win of the year until the last day of the 2006 season. This is only the third time in 118 seasons of baseball that the Blue Devils have started out 15-1. The two previous 15-1 starts came in 1998 and 1939.
Scouting Boston College
Boston College enters the series 2-6 on the season. The Eagles are coming off Wednesday’s 10-9 win over Villanova.
Duke-Boston College Series History
The Eagles hold a 3-2 overall record against the Blue Devils in series history. Duke won the season series last year, taking two of three games at Boston College. In game one of last year’s series, Jimmy Gallagher put an emphatic end to a 16-inning marathon with a two-run homer and right-handed reliever Ryan Perry pitched a scoreless 16th to lead the Blue Devils to a 6-3 win. After Boston College won the second game of the series, Duke received a pair of homers from Nate Freiman in game three, including back-to-back home runs with Brett Bartles in the top of the ninth, in a 14-7 Duke win.
A Look Ahead
Duke will wrap up its 11-game homestand by hosting Fairleigh Dickinson for a two-game series next Tuesday and Wednesday at Jack Coombs Field. The Blue Devils will then head to Clemson next weekend for a three-game series.