CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Duke baseball team fell to 12th-ranked Miami, 5-1, in the rubber match of the series Saturday afternoon at Mark Light Field. With the loss, the Blue Devils conclude the season with an overall record of 30-24, including a 15-15 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play as the Hurricanes claim the series.
Duke fell behind early as Miami jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the very first frame. The Hurricanes went on to cushion their advantage with a pair of runs across the fourth and sixth innings to put the game out reach. The Blue Devils threatened on multiple occasions, but were able to only scratch one run across in the series finale.
The Miami pitching staff held the Duke offense in check, surrendering only four hits in the contest with no walks or any earned runs. Hurricane starter Chris McMahon (3-2) picked up the win, going 5.0 scoreless innings, yielding only one hit while recording six strikeouts and no walks. The duo of Tyler Keysor and Daneil Federman combined to work the final four frames, allowing one unearned run on three hits.
Freshman Cooper Stinson (1-4) suffered the loss for the Blue Devils, making his 14th start of the season. The first-year right-hander worked the first 1.2 frames, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits while surrendering two walks and striking out three. The foursome of freshman Jack Carey, sophomore Bryce Jarvis, junior Matt Mervis and sophomore Thomas Girard combined to work the final innings on the mound for the Blue Devils.
Miami began the day’s scoring in the series finale, striking for three runs in the bottom of the first to grab the early lead. The Hurricane leadoff man reached on a walk before advancing into scoring position on a stolen base. After a hit-by-pitch placed another runner on for the Hurricanes, a single to right field resulted in a pair of runs. A double to right field in the next at-bat plated a third run for Miami to make it a 3-0 game after one inning of play.
The Hurricanes added single tallies in the fourth and sixth innings to extend their lead. With one down in the fourth, a walk followed by single placed runners on first and second. A single in the next at-bat allowed one run to cross to push Miami’s lead to 4-0.
Miami began the sixth with a leadoff single before a stolen base and an errant throw by the catcher allowed the runner to advance to third. In the next at-bat, a single through the right side plated a run for the Hurricanes to make it a 5-0 contest after six frames of action.
The Blue Devils got into the scoring column with one run in the eighth. With two down, sophomore Joey Loperfido lined a single through the left side before senior Kennie Taylor reached on an error by the Miami shortstop to put runners on first and second. In the very next at-bat, Loperfido stole third and came across to throw on an errant throw by the Miami catcher to set the score at 5-1, the eventual final.
Saturday’s contest marks the regular season finale for the Blue Devils. Duke returns to the diamond next week for the ACC Baseball Tournament, which is set to take place at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The bracket and tournament schedule for the ACC Baseball Championship is set to be released tomorrow afternoon.
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