DURHAM, N.C. – Seven pitchers, a six-run third and freshman Joey Loperfido’s first career home run helped Duke defeat Longwood, 9-3, in midweek action Wednesday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Blue Devils’ ninth straight win moves Duke to 10-2 on the year while Longwood fell to 3-8 with the loss.
Freshman Bryce Jarvis pitched two scoreless innings in his first career start and was one of four Duke freshmen to turn a shutout performance. Matt Dockman threw a 1-2-3 fifth, Thomas Girard worked a scoreless sixth and Josh Nifong finished the game in the ninth. The Blue Devils also received a clean eighth inning from sophomore Graeme Stinson.
“Lot of good moments on the bump tonight,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “Bryce Jarvis [took] another step forward. He continues to climb the depth chart for us. We give up the two in the top of the fourth and we had a single across there in the bottom of the fourth. Then Matt [Dockman] comes out in the fifth and gives us a 1-2-3 inning. Really allowed us to recapture momentum. Thomas Girard was good behind him. Graeme Stinson was really good in the eighth. That was maybe as good as [Stinson has] looked all year.”
After two scoreless innings, Duke plated six runs on four hits in the third. Junior Griffin Conine began the scoring with a two-run double and later crossed home on
The double was one of two hits for Conine who walked in the first as well. Loperfido and Miller also had a pair of hits each. Loperfido launched his first career longball in the bottom of the fifth while Miller had a single and a stolen base that same inning.
“[We did] a lot of good things at the plate,” Pollard said. “We got really good production from 1-2-3. Great to see [Conine] have three really good at bats. At some point, somebody’s going to probably look at our numbers and say ‘well why do you have [Loperfido and Miller] in the 8-9. Long term, we feel like that’s the right spot for those guys. They’re coming up at good times for us as far as run production goes.”
“Thought Jimmy continued to have good at bats,” Pollard added. “Zack Kone continued to have good at bats. Whole lot of positives.”
Lancer second baseman Nate Blakeney led Longwood with three hits, including an RBI triple in the fourth.
Duke’s Bill Chillari (1-0) allowed two runs on three hits over two innings in the win, while Longwood’s Tyler Morgan (1-1) surrendered six runs on two hits and five walks in 2.2 innings of work.
The Blue Devils continue their current homestand with a three-game series against No. 18 Virginia to open ACC play at the DBAP this weekend.