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Graeme Stinson
Duke Tops Georgia, Forces Winner-Take-All Finale
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/04/2018
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ATHENS, Ga.Graeme Stinson and Jack Labosky allowed one run over 7.2 innings in relief, allowing No. 18 Duke to come back from an early deficit and defeat No. 9 Georgia, 8-5, Monday afternoon at the NCAA Athens Regional.

Duke (43-16) and Georgia (39-20) square off Monday at 5:15 p.m., in a winner-take-all finale. The victor advances to a Super Regional matchup against Texas Tech.

Duke grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, rallying with two outs to open the game’s scoring. Zack Kone doubled the opposite way and scored on a Joey Loperfido RBI single.

Georgia used four singles and a pair of walks to plate four in the second. After retiring the first four UGA batters he faced, starter Bill Chillari ran into trouble and exited a 2-1 game with the bases loaded. A couple infield singles brought home two more runs before reliever Graeme Stinson got Duke off the field.

Stinson turned in a sterling effort, allowing one run on six hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter. Labosky took over in the seventh and faced the minimum the rest of the way to pick up his third win of the season.

Stinson’s performance allowed Duke to claw its way back and the Blue Devils got a run in both the fifth and sixth frames to tie the game.

The Blue Devils took the lead for good on Griffin Conine’s 16th home run of the year, a solo shot in the seventh to right center. Kennie Taylor extended the lead two batters later, lifting a two-run homer to right center that gave Duke an 8-5 advantage.