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Duke Begins ACC Championship Play Tuesday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/20/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – After posting 15 league wins for the second consecutive season and just the third time since 2009, Duke has earned the No. 7 seed in the 2019 ACC Championship, May 21-26 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

As a member of Pool B, Duke (30-24, 15-15 ACC) faces 11th-seeded Notre Dame (43-28, 13-17 ACC) Tuesday at 7 p.m., and second-seeded Georgia Tech (38-16, 19-11 ACC) Friday at 11 a.m. Both games are televised by RSN and available on ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout).

ACC Tournament History
The Blue Devils own a 25-60 overall record in the ACC Baseball Tournament across the program’s 36 appearances. Duke is 5-11 in conference tournament games that are held in Durham. Last year, the Blue Devils went 1-1 in the ACC Tournament as the No. 4 seed, earning an extra-innings win over Wake Forest before losing to Louisville in the second game of pool play. Tuesday’s matchup will mark the first ever meeting between Duke and Notre Dame in the ACC Baseball Tournament, while the Blue Devils own a 3-8 all-time record against Georgia Tech. Head coach Chris Pollard owns a 4-5 career record in the conference tournament.

Trending for Duke  
The Blue Devils head into the postseason, making the program’s 37th appearance in the conference tournament. Duke earned the No. 7 overall seed in the ACC, finishing league play with 15 wins for just the third time in the last 10 years. Most recently the Blue Devils dropped their final conference series of the season this past weekend to No. 12 Miami on the road. Duke fell 4-3, in game one of the series before bouncing back in the second game with a 12-3 victory to even the series. The Hurricanes claimed a 5-1 win the series finale Saturday afternoon to secure the series victory over the Blue Devils.

Taylor and Murray Earn All-ACC Honors 
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday the 2019 All-ACC Baseball Teams, with a pair of Blue Devils receiving all-conference recognition. Senior outfielder Kennie Taylor and freshman infielder Ethan Murray both earned All-ACC accolades for the 2019 campaign, with Taylor being named to the all-conference first team—the first such honor of his career—and Murray receiving a nod for the ACC All-Freshman Team. With the selections, Duke has now had 105 All-ACC honorees in program history, including 12 in the last four years.

30 Wins for Pollard
Head coach Chris Pollard notched his 30th win of the season in game two of the Miami series, marking his sixth consecutive season with 30-plus wins. The Duke skipper became the first head coach to lead the Blue Devils to six 30-win seasons in his first seven campaigns. This spring, Pollard has notched his 200th win at Duke, which came in the second game of the season against Lehigh, and his 600th career win as head coach, which came in the series finale against Pittsburgh. Pollard’s victory total of 227 ranks third in school history, only behind Jack Coombs (381-171-3,1929-52) and Steve Traylor (356-286-1, 1988-99).

 

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