DURHAM, N.C. – After graduating from Cornell University this past spring, outfielder Kyle Gallagher enrolled in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and joined the Blue Devil baseball roster for the 2019 season.
“Kyle gives us a veteran presence offensively,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “We were really impressed when we played Cornell last spring with the way Kyle competed in the batter’s box. He’s a tough guy to strike out. He’s shown a lot of power this fall even though he didn’t necessarily put up prolific power numbers at Cornell. He projects to hit with some power in our program and we also like his ability to be a high on base percentage guy who can generate offense.”
In two seasons and 57 games with the Big Red, Gallagher hit .263 with 15 doubles, 35 runs and 28 RBI. He led Cornell in doubles (10) and runs (29) this past spring while ranking as one of the national leaders in walks per game. Gallagher worked 35 walks and struck out just 29 times his final year with the Big Red, earning the starting spot in right field in 2017.
Prior to joining the baseball squad as a junior and senior, Gallagher spent two seasons as a quarterback on the Cornell football roster. A native of Endwell, N.Y., he led Maine-Endwell High School to three state football titles, while collecting all-state basketball accolades and guiding the baseball team to three consecutive sectional titles before arriving at Cornell.
Gallagher is one of three transfers to join the Blue Devils this season along with pitchers Ben Gross (Princeton) and Eli Herrick (Bellevue). He is also eighth in a list of Duke graduate student transfers over the past six seasons, joining the likes of Ethan DeCaster (Creighton), Sam Granoff (San Francisco), Thomas Crispi (Columbia), Brian McAfee (Cornell), Kellen Urbon (Cornell), Ryan Deitrich (Penn) and Chris Kono (Holy Cross).
In addition to 17 newcomers, the Blue Devils return 17 letterwinners from this past season’s squad that reached the first NCAA Super Regional in program history. The 2018 Blue Devils also set program records in wins (45) and ACC wins (18) and finished the year as a consensus top 20 team in the national polls.