DURHAM, N.C. -- Freshman Chris Crabtree knocked in senior Peter Zyla in the top of the sixth to help the Blue Team secure a 1-0 victory over the Black Team in the Duke baseball program's final 2017 Fall World Series contest Saturday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The two teams combined for 19 runs in the first game of the series, but pitching was the story in the finale as senior left-hander Mitch Stallings and freshman righty Bryce Jarvis traded zereos for three and a half innings. Stallings and Jarvis were dominant in their outings, totaling 11 strikeouts over 6.0 combined innings.
Crabtree's RBI knock came in the sixth after Zyla's leadoff single. Down in the count, Zyla fouled off four straight pitches before depositing a 1-2 breaking ball into right field.
Sophomore Matt Mervis was key again for the Black Team, going 1-for-2 at the plate and tossing a scoreless inning in relief. Senior Jack Labosky took the mound in the bottom of the sixth and recorded a 1-2-3 inning for the save.
Senior Michael Smiciklas reached base in both plate appearances to lead the Blue Team offensively.
Duke concludes its fall season Thursday, Oct. 26 and embarks on an aggressive, off-season strength and conditioning program led by Associate Director of Sports Performance Dan Perlmutter.