DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s first official fall baseball practice took place Tuesday at Jack Coombs Field, marking the start of the Blue Devils’ 40-day fall training window.
Fresh off the first NCAA Super Regional in program history, Duke looks to build on one of the best seasons in the Blue Devils’ 130-year history. In addition to the postseason run, the 2018 Blue Devils also set program records for both overall wins (45) and ACC victories (18).
After seven Blue Devils began their professional baseball careers and four graduated this past spring, Duke returns two starting position players in outfielder Kennie Taylor and Freshman All-American first baseman Joey Loperfido, while U.S. Collegiate National Team member Graeme Stinson, PG Summer Collegiate All-American Adam Laskey and freshman standout Bryce Jarvis look to bolster the pitching staff.
Sixteen players have joined the Blue Devil rankings for this coming season, including 13 freshmen and three transfers in pitcher Ben Gross from Princeton, pitcher Eli Herrick from Bellevue College and outfielder Kyle Gallagher from Cornell.
Duke’s fall slate features two exhibition games (N.C. Central Oct. 13 and High Point Oct. 27) and 14 intrasquad scrimmages, including the Blue Devils’ three-game Fall World Series to wrap up the official fall training window. Played primarily at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, all exhibition games and intrasquad scrimmages are open to the public and free of charge.