DURHAM, N.C. -- In between two ACC home series, the Blue Devils host No. 18 East Carolina at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 14 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Originally slated for Wednesday, the contest between in-state foes was moved up due to expected inclement weather.
After starting the season 0-4, Duke (10-8, 2-1 ACC) has won 10 of its past 14 games, including an ACC series victory against Virginia Tech this past weekend. No. 19 East Carolina was swept by then-No. 8 Ole Miss opening weekend before registering a 12-1 record since. Most recently, the Pirates won a three-game series over Charlotte in Greenville, N.C.
Duke looks to end a 14-game losing streak to East Carolina. ECU scored five runs over the seventh and eighth innings to upend Duke, 8-6, March 22, 2016 at the DBAP. East Carolina also registered a 3-2, 10-inning victory April 22, 2015 in Greenville, N.C. Prior to the 2015 contest, Duke and ECU had not met since 2007. 2017 marks the first season the Blue Devils and Pirates meet in a home-and-home series since 2002. ACC Network Extra will broadcast all Tuesday’s matchup while Blue Devil Network will provide an audio broadcast via GoDuke.com.
DUKE BY THE NUMBERS
• .303: Blue Devils’ batting average with runners in scoring position the past 14 games. Duke started the season 0-4, hitting .121 RISP, batting .198 as a team and scoring 1.75 runs per game. Since then, Duke has posted a 10-4 record and .289 team batting average, scoring 6.57 runs per game.
• 1.95: Combined season ERA of Duke’s top five relievers -- Karl Blum (13.0 IP, 1 ER), Nick Hendrix (13.0 IP, 4 ER), Jack Labosky (11.0 IP, 1 ER), Bill Chillari (9.1 IP, 3 ER) and Luke Whitten (9.0 IP, 3 ER).
• 2: Saves for two-way player Jack Labosky, tied for third in the ACC.
• 4: Number of Duke sophomores batting .300 or better this season: Jimmy Herron (.348), Griffin Conine (.304), Zack Kone (.304) and Kennie Taylor (.313).
• 4: Number of starts made in 2016 by pitchers currently on the 2017 Blue Devil roster (James Ziemba 3, Jack Labosky 1).
• 5: Both Duke third basemen Jack Labosky and Erikson Nichols bring team-best five-game hit streaks into the week. Labosky is batting .381 the past five games, while Nichols sports a .375 average in the past five contests in which he’s appeared.
• 6: The number of Blue Devils currently on the roster who have been drafted: Justin Bellinger (2014 | 11th round | St. Louis Cardinals), Griffin Conine (2015 | 31st round, Miami Marlins), Adam Laskey (2016 | 31st round, San Francisco Giants), Chris McGrath (2014 | 35th round, Seattle Mariners), Matt Mervis (2016 | 39th round, Washington Nationals) and James Ziemba (37th round, Philadelphia Phillies).
• 9: Number of Duke left-handed pitchers to see game action this season. Lefties James Ziemba, Adam Laskey, Chris McGrath, Nick Hendrix, Bill Chillari, Luke Whitten, Mitch Stallings, Graeme Stinson and Kevin Lewallyn have a combined 3.66 ERA in 91.0 innings.
• 24: Perfect Game national ranking of Duke’s freshman class consisting of outfielder Chase Cheek, left-hander Bill Chillari, catcher Chris Dutra, right-hander Cameron Kovachik, left-hander Adam Laskey, infielder/right-hander Matt Mervis, infielder Erikson Nichols, left-hander Graeme Stinson and right-hander Coleman Williams.
• 29: Career stolen bases for sophomore Jimmy Herron to rank 22nd in program history.
• 31: Number of stolen bases for Duke this season to lead the ACC and rank 11th nationally.
• 33: Career stolen bases for sophomore Jimmy Herron to rank 19th in Duke history.
• 64: The number of runs Duke has scored its past nine games since being shutout by Southern California Feb. 27 ... Duke is averaging 7.11 runs a contest during that span and hitting .289 as a team.
• 96: Career appearances for national active leader Nick Hendrix. Hendrix broke David Darwin’s Duke record (95) with a relief appearances in both ends of this past Saturday’s Virginia Tech doubleheader.