Duke welcomes ACC and in-state opponent Wake Forest to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park this weekend for a three-game league series Friday-Sunday on ACC Network Extra. Duke (10-9, 2-1 ACC) began the ACC slate with a series victory at home against Virginia Tech, while Wake Forest (13-5, 2-1 ACC) took a road series from NC State this past weekend. The Demon Deacons lead the all-time series with Duke 156-141-2. The two North Carolina schools first met in 1896. In 2016, Wake Forest won the regular-season series, 2-1, in Winston-Salem, N.C., before handing Duke a 4-3 setback in the ACC Tournament. The two teams have met 10 times under head coach Chris Pollard’s tenure with the Blue Devils winning six of those contests.
|When||TV||Audio||Duke Starter||Wake Forest Starter|
|March 17, 6 p.m.||ACC Network Extra||BDN||LHP Mitch Stallings||RHP Parker Dunshee|
|March 18, 1 p.m.||ACC Network Extra||BDN||LHP Adam Laskey||RHP Donnie Sellers|
|March 19, 1 p.m.||ACC Network Extra||BDN||RHP Ryan Day||RHP Connor Johnstone|
BY THE NUMBERS
• 3: Sophomores -- Jimmy Herron, Zack Kone and Griffin Conine -- who have started all 19 games this season. That trio is hitting a combined .315 with 16 doubles, four triples, five homers and 33 RBI.
• 4: Number of starts made in 2016 by pitchers currently on the 2017 Blue Devil roster (James Ziemba 3, Jack Labosky 1) following the graduations of this past year’s rotation: Brian McAfee, Trent Swart and Kellen Urbon.
• 6: Both Duke third basemen Jack Labosky and Erikson Nichols bring team-best six-game hit streaks into the weekend. Labosky is batting .360 the past six games, while Nichols sports a .368 average the past six 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).
• 8: Number of Duke freshmen to see game action this year. Pitchers Adam Laskey and Graeme Stinson have both started games, while Bill Chillari, Coleman Williams and Matt Mervis work out of the bullpen. In addition, Chris Dutra has started 10 games behind the plate, Erikson Nichols has started four games at third and DH, and Chase Cheek has started seven games in center.
• 9: Number of Duke left-handed pitchers to see game action this season. Duke has had a LHP on the mound in 58 percent of its inning so far this year (98.0-of-168.0).
• 10: Number of offensive categories in which sophomore Jimmy Herron leads the team: batting average (.361), slugging percentage (.583), on base percentage (.424), runs (18), hits (26), home runs (3), total bases (42), HBP (4), stolen bases (9) and plate appearances (85).
• 11.0: Team-best strikeout-to-walk ratio posted by graduate student Nick Hendrix. Freshman LHP Graeme Stinson is just behind with a 10.0 K:BB ratio.
• 12: Career saves for reliever turned starter Mitch Stallings to rank fourth in program history.
• 13: Consecutive games in which first baseman Justin Bellinger has safely reached base.
• 15: RBI for sophomore Griffin Conine this season to lead the Blue Devils. Conine is batting .423 (11-for-26) with RISP this season.
• 22: Double plays turned by the Blue Devils to rank second in the ACC and third nationally.
• 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.
• 31: Number of stolen bases for Duke this season to lead the ACC and rank 14th nationally.
• 33: Career stolen bases for sophomore Jimmy Herron to rank 19th all-time at Duke.
• 88: Number of combined career relief appearances for Mitch Stallings and Ryan day before both moved into Duke’s weekend rotation this season.
• 92: Number of consecutive games in which junior Max Miller has played.
• 97: Career pitching appearances for NCAA Division I active leader Nick Hendrix. Hendrix broke David Darwin’s Duke appearances record (95) with relief stints in both ends of this past Saturday’s Virginia Tech doubleheader.