DURHAM, N.C. – After two years at one of the preeminent programs in the Northwest Athletic Conference, right-hander Eli Herrick enrolled at Duke and joined the Blue Devil baseball program for the upcoming 2019 season.
Herrick spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons at Bellevue College, one of the top junior college baseball programs in the country, before transferring to Duke. The right-hander from Puyallup, Wash., has two year of eligibility remaining.
“Eli Herrick developed a reputation as one of the top junior college arms in the western part of the country,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “We really like his versatility. He’s been a starter, he’s been a closer and he’s been everything in between. He led Bellevue to a lot of success the past couple years and we believe he will factor into what projects to be a very, very deep pitching staff this coming spring.”
As a freshman in 2017, Herrick went 3-0 with a 2.36 ERA in 13 games, recording four saves. In 14 games as a sophomore this past season, Herrick turned in a 1.16 ERA with 79 strikeouts over 46.2 innings. Herrick also made five relief appearances for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod League this past summer.
Herrick is one of three transfers to join the Blue Devils this season along with outfielder Kyle Gallagher (Cornell) and pitcher Ben Gross (Princeton).
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.