DURHAM, N.C. – Duke continues its quest in the ACC Baseball Championship, set for a matchup with second-seeded Georgia Tech Friday morning to continue pool play.
As a member of Pool B, the Blue Devils (31-24, 15-15 ACC) are set for an 11 a.m. first pitch at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park against the Yellow Jackets (39-16, 19-11 ACC) in the final contest of pool play. The game will be televised by RSN and available on ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout), with the winner advancing to the semifinals Saturday at 5 p.m.
ACC Tournament History
The Blue Devils own a 26-60 overall record in the ACC Baseball Tournament across the program’s 37 appearances. Duke is 6-11 in conference tournament games that are held in Durham. Last year, the Blue Devils went 1-1 in the ACC Tournament as the No. 4 seed, earning an extra-innings win over Wake Forest before losing to Louisville in the second game of pool play. The Blue Devils own a 3-8 all-time record against Georgia Tech in the conference tournament. Head coach Chris Pollard owns a 5-5 career record in the ACC Baseball Championship.
Trending for Duke
The Blue Devils head into the postseason, making the program’s 37th appearance in the conference tournament. Duke earned the No. 7 overall seed in the ACC, finishing league play with 15 wins for just the third time in the last 10 years. Most recently Duke opened the ACC Baseball Championship with a win over 11th-seeded Notre Dame Tuesday night. The Blue Devils used an early offensive effort to hold on to a 10-6 victory over the Fighting Irish to begin pool play, highlighted by a grand slam and five-RBI effort from sophomore Michael Rothenberg.
Taylor and Murray Earn All-ACC Honors
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday the 2019 All-ACC Baseball Teams, with a pair of Blue Devils receiving all-conference recognition. Senior outfielder Kennie Taylor and freshman infielder Ethan Murray both earned All-ACC accolades for the 2019 campaign, with Taylor being named to the all-conference first team—the first such honor of his career—and Murray receiving a nod for the ACC All-Freshman Team. With the selections, Duke has now had 105 All-ACC honorees in program history, including 12 in the last four years.
30 Wins for Pollard
Head coach Chris Pollard notched his 30th win of the season in game two of the Miami series, marking his sixth consecutive season with 30-plus wins. The Duke skipper became the first head coach to lead the Blue Devils to six 30-win seasons in his first seven campaigns. This spring, Pollard has notched his 200th win at Duke, which came in the second game of the season against Lehigh, and his 600th career win as head coach, which came in the series finale against Pittsburgh. Pollard’s victory total of 229 ranks third in school history, only behind Jack Coombs (381-171-3,1929-52) and Steve Traylor (356-286-1, 1988-99).