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Duke Hosts Virginia Tech at Jack Coombs This Weekend
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/11/2019
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Duke vs. Virginia Tech
When: April 12-14
Where: Jack Coombs Field 
Watch: Game 1 (Friday)
Watch: Game 2 (Saturday)
Watch: Game 3 (Sunday)
Listen Live: The Duke Sports Network

DURHAM, N.C. – Winners of four straight, Duke returns home this weekend, welcoming Virginia Tech to Jack Coombs Field for an ACC series.

Most recently, the Blue Devils swept Pittsburgh at Durham Bulls Athletic Park before defeating NC Central on the road Tuesday. 

The two Coastal Division foes are set for a 6 p.m. first pitch in Friday’s series opener, while Saturday’s and Sunday’s games are both slated for a 1 p.m. start at Coombs.

Series History
Duke and Virginia Tech will meet for the 69th time in program history when the two Coastal Division foes square off in Friday’s series opener at Jack Coombs Field. The Blue Devils hold the series advantage over the Hokies, 40-28, including a 17-13 mark in Durham. Most recently, Duke traveled to Blacksburg for a three-game road series a season ago, winning the final two games of the weekend to claim the series matchup at Union Park. Head coach Chris Pollard owns an 11-7 career record against Virginia Tech, with all 18 matchups coming during his time at Duke.

Trending for Duke  
Winners of their last four games, the Blue Devils look to carry their momentum into this weekend after defeating NC Central, 7-5, Tuesday evening at Durham Athletic Park. Last weekend, the Blue Devils notched a series win over Pittsburgh, marking the squad’s second weekend sweep of the season. After weather forced the two teams to postpone Friday’s series opener and play a doubleheader Saturday, Duke handed the Panthers their first shutout loss of the season in a 2-0 contest in game one of the twinbill. The Blue Devils carried a 5-3 deficit into the bottom of the seventh in game two of the series before rallying for three runs across the final two frames to secure the 6-5 victory and claim the series. Duke clinched the series finale in walk-off fashion, scratching a run across in the bottom of the 10th to tally the 10-9 victory over Pittsburgh and secure the sweep.

Welcome Back Joey
After a 23-game absence due to injury, sophomore Joey Loperfido returned to the lineup this past week and came up big in his first ACC series of the season for the Blue Devils. The sophomore infielder provided Duke with the game-winning hits in the final two games of the series against Pittsburgh. Loperfido finished with four hits in game two of the series, including the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth to help Duke to a comeback victory. The sophomore’s two-run shot marked his first long ball of the season, and put the Blue Devils ahead 6-5, securing the series-clinching win. Loperfido came up clutch once again in the series finale, sending a single through the right side to plate the winning run and walk it off for the Blue Devils in the bottom of the 10th to clinch the sweep. The Blue Devil second baseman was named the Duke Student-Athlete of the Week for his performance.

This Weekend at Coombs
Friday’s series opener will be Bull City League Appreciation Night, with all players and coaches in club attire receiving FREE admission. There will be Duke Baseball trading cards given away to fans while supplies last. There will be three promotions for Saturday’s game, including Duke Baseball Alumni Day, Awesome Student Day and Military Appreciation. The team will welcome back all former Duke baseball players for a special weekend, while honoring all military & first responders with free admission for all personnel and their families. Sunday’s contest will be “Bark in the Park”, allowing fans to bring their dogs into Jack Coombs Field at no extra cost. There series finale will also be South Durham Little League Appreciation Day, and feature an Easter egg hunt taking place in the Morris Williams Track Stadium.

On Deck for Duke
Following this weekend’s series, Duke will welcome No. 11 Texas Tech Tuesday evening for a midweek matchup at Durham Bulls Athletic Park for a rematch of last year’s NCAA Lubbock Super Regional. The Blue Devils and Red Raiders are set for a 6 p.m. first pitch at the DBAP, with the action airing on ACC Network Extra.