DURHAM, N.C. – Bryce Jarvis and Graeme Stinson combined for six shutout innings and Jack Labosky belted his second home run of the season to lead Duke past Yale, 3-2, Wednesday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
In his second career start, Jarvis threw three scoreless innings, striking out three. Stinson (1-0) took over in the fourth and retired all nine batters he faced with seven strikeouts to earn the win.
“I thought we pitched really well as a team today,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “The first inning, [Bryce Jarvis] can’t find his slider; can’t find his change. He’s working with nothing but a fastball but still manages to get himself off the field. He executed some really good fastballs and learned something about himself. His outing just got better as he went. Graeme Stinson looked as good as he’s looked since he’s been in a Duke baseball uniform.”
Duke (13-3, 2-1 ACC) got off to a quick start, plating a pair in the first to take the early 2-0 lead. Jimmy Herron singled and Zack Kone doubled to begin the frame before a balk plated the game’s opening run. Michael Rothenberg drove an RBI base hit to right field to give the Blue Devils the 2-0 advantage.
Yale’s Eric Brodkowitz (0-2) settled in after the first and kept Duke from extending the lead until the seventh. Brodkowitz scattered eight hits, allowed three runs, struck out five and walked one in the loss.
With Duke holding a 2-0 lead, Labosky turned on the first pitch of his at bat in the seventh, driving his second home run of the year off lower left corner of the Bull sign above the Blue Monster. Labosky also doubled in the second to finish the day 2-for-3.
Yale went without a baserunner for four innings before Tom Ruddy and Cole Shelton both walked in the eighth. Simon Whiteman drove in the pair with a two-out base knock through the rightside, trimming the Duke lead, 3-2.
“I thought we pitched well that last three innings of the ballgame,” Pollard said. “[Whiteman] did a great job on an 0-2 pitch of selling out, putting the ball in play and hitting it where we weren’t.”
Ethan DeCaster recorded the final four outs to earn his team-leading fourth save of the season.
Duke and Yale meet for a second time in as many days Wednesday, March 13. The Blue Devils and the Bulldogs are set for a 4 p.m., first pitch on ACC Network Extra.