WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Jonathan Slattery tagged three doubles,
scored twice and drove in two RBI to lead William & Mary past Duke 7-4 on
Wednesday afternoon at Plumeri Park and end the Blue Devils’ four-game winning
Slattery doubled and scored in his first two at bats and
then came through with a two-out, two-strike double in the bottom of the eighth
that increased the William & Mary lead to three runs. The Tribe (4-11)
finished with five doubles for the game and scored four of their runs with two
After Duke (11-3) scored four runs in the first four
innings, starter Brett Goodloe and reliever Reid Killen teamed up to hold Duke
scoreless for the remainder of the game. Goodloe (1-0) earned the win, allowing
three earned runs over six complete innings, and Killen notched a three-inning
save by holding Duke to just one hit and striking out five.
William & Mary’s tying and go-ahead runs came in with
the aid of a Duke error on a failed pickoff attempt in the fifth inning that
allowed one runner to score from second and another to reach third base. That
error was only Duke’s second error in the past five games.
The Tribe totaled 12 hits for the game, a combined six of
which came from Slattery and two-hitter Derrick Osteen. Osteen reached base
four times and scored twice while playing an errorless shortstop. Five-hitter
Tadd Bower also drove in a pair of runs with a first-inning double.
For Duke, freshman third baseman Jordan Betts extended
his hitting streak to 11 games with a pair of singles. Betts and fellow
freshman Chris Marconcini both had RBI with Betts’ coming on a groundout and
Marconcini’s coming on a triple to the right-center field gap. The triple was
Marconcini’s ACC-leading fourth of the year and increased his team-leading RBI
total to 16.
The runs came early and often for both teams, as Duke and
William & Mary traded two-run innings in the opening frame. Marconcini
delivered the RBI triple for Duke’s first hit of the game in the first inning,
but the Tribe answered right back with three hits, including a two-run double
from Bower that tied the game.
Duke reclaimed a one-run lead on a second-inning
sacrifice fly from freshman leadoff man Anthony D’Alessandro, but William &
Mary quickly re-tied the game in the third on an RBI single from cleanup hitter
Duke went on to score an unearned run in the fourth on a
sacrifice fly from 2010 ACC Freshman of the Year Marcus Stroman, only to see
that 4-3 lead disappear in the fifth inning. William & Mary took advantage
of a failed Duke pickoff attempt, scoring the tying run on a throwing error and
sending in the go-ahead run on a single from Chris Forsten after Ryan Lindemuth
moved to third on the misplay.
The Blue Devils then went to the bullpen for the second
time in the game, calling on freshman right-hander Mark Lumpa to relieve
freshman lefty Dillon Haviland (0-1) in the sixth. Lumpa stopped the Tribe
rally almost immediately, holding William & Mary to just one hit over his
next two frames. Junior reliever David Putman then took over in the eighth and
was one out away from holding the Tribe scoreless again, but Slattery delivered
a two-strike, two-out double to left field that plated two runs and bumped the
William & Mary lead to 7-4.
Killen finished off his three-inning save by retiring the
side in order in the ninth. He picked up his fourth and fifth strikeouts in
that inning to finish with five for the game.
Duke will now prepare for its ACC opener this Friday
through Sunday, March 10-12, with a three-game home series against N.C. State
at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Duke will use one of the ACC’s best starting
rotations for the series with right-handers Chase Bebout (2-0, 0.46 ERA), Dennis
O’Grady (3-0, 0.90 ERA) and Marcus Stroman (0-0, 0.00 ERA).
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