DURHAM, N.C. – For the second straight year, Duke enters the season ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams. Collegiate Baseball listed the Blue Devils at No. 20 on its 2019 Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I Preseason Poll.
Duke is one of seven ACC teams listed in the top 25, joining No. 8 North Carolina, No. 9 Louisville, No. 10 Florida State, No. 15 Clemson, No. 17 Georgia Tech and No. 22 NC State. LSU sits atop the list with No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Texas Tech and No. 5 Stanford.
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, Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Year Adam Laskey and freshman standout Bryce Jarvis look to bolster the pitching staff.
Sixteen players have joined the Blue Devils 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.
The Blue Devils open the 2019 season Feb. 15-17 at home against Lehigh.