COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore right-hander Robert Huber tossed his first career complete game to lead Duke to a 5-3 win over Maryland on Sunday afternoon at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. Huber had six strikeouts and just two walks on the day.
Huber (4-3) held the Terrapins to three runs on five hits in his complete game gem. Huber’s nine innings eclipsed his previous career high of seven innings pitched.
Huber retired the first six batters he faced and added 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and ninth. After giving up his third run of the game in the seventh, Huber retired seven of the final eight batters that he faced.
Trailing 3-2 in the top of the eighth, Duke scored three times in the inning to take a 5-3 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Designated hitter Jeff Kremer sent a one-out single up the middle to get the rally going. First baseman Marcus Stroman then singled to left and advanced to second on a Maryland error, giving the Blue Devils a pair of runners in scoring position. The Terps then intentionally walked third baseman Jordan Betts to load the bases. Catcher Mike Rosenfeld then lifted a sacrifice fly to left to tie the game at 3-3. Will Piwnica-Worms then put Duke ahead for good with a pinch-hit, two-run single down the right field line.
Designated hitter Ryan Holland tripled down the right field line to begin the bottom of the third. He would later score on a Duke error to give Maryland a 1-0 lead.
Duke (14-23, 6-12 ACC) answered with a run in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 1-1. Betts doubled off the wall in center to start the frame. It was the fourth double of the weekend for Betts. After Rosenfeld was hit by a pitch, second baseman Mark Lumpa reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Left fielder David Perkins would then drive in Betts with a groundball to the right side.
Facing a 2-0 count with one down in the bottom of the fourth, third baseman KJ Hockaday sent a solo shot over the wall in left center to put the Terps up 2-1.
Center fielder Anthony D’Alessandro led off the top of the fifth with a single up the middle. After D’Alessandro stole second, shortstop Angelo La Bruna moved him to third on a groundout. D’Alessandro would then score on a wild pitch to tie the game at 2-2.
Jake Stinnett had a two-out, pinch-hit RBI-double to left to give the Terps (24-14, 7-11 ACC) a 3-2 lead in the seventh.
Rosenfeld finished 2-for-2 with an RBI, while Piwnica-Worms had a two-run single in his only at bat of the weekend. Lumpa went 2-for-3 with two infield hits, Kremer had two hits and a run and Betts added a double and scored twice. Stroman and D’Alessandro both had a hit and scored once, while Perkins added a hit and an RBI for the Blue Devils.
Charlie Haslup (3-3) took the loss after allowing the final two runs in Duke’s three-run eighth.
Duke returns home this week to host Davidson on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Jack Coombs Field. The Blue Devils will then host Virginia next weekend at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
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