DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke baseball team scored three in the first inning and held off Boston College for the 7-4 victory in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With the win in game one, Duke (15-13, 5-6 ACC) gave Chris Pollard his 400th career win as a head coach.
Junior Drew Van Orden (2-3) picked up the win after allowing three runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of work. Sophomore Andrew Istler secured the victory, pitching the final two innings for his sixth save of the season.
BC starter Erin Stevens (0-6) took the loss after giving up five runs, three earned, on six hits in six complete.
Senior Jeff Kremer reached base four times, scoring three runs and driving in a run. Kremer was 2-for-3 at the plate while junior Matt Berezo also had a pair of hits and drove in two.
Boston College was unable to push one across Friday’s series opener, but the Eagles wasted no time putting a run on the board in game two. Second baseman Blake Butera drew a one-out walk and would end up scoring after back-to-back singles from John Hennessey and Tom Bourdon.
The Eagles’ lead would prove to be short-lived as Duke plated three runs on three hits in the bottom half of the first. A walk to sophomore Andy Perez got things going, followed by Jeff Kremer base knock to put runners at the corners. McCabe dropped the bunt down the first base line to score Perez from third and Betts registered his team-leading 27th RBI with a double down the left field line. Junior Mark Lumpa added an RBI single to center, driving in Duke’s third run of the opening frame.
After combining for four runs in the first, Duke and Boston College battled through three scoreless innings before the Blue Devils added a fourth run in the fifth. Kremer was hit by a pitch and advanced to third following an errant throw on the pickoff attempt. McCabe picked up his second RBI of the afternoon with a base hit to right center, extending Duke’s lead to 4-1.
Boston College put together a two-out rally in the sixth to cut the Blue Devil lead to 4-3. Catcher Matt Pare kicked off the rally with a double and came home on a Logan Hoggarth base hit. Designated hitter Chris Shaw then drilled an RBI double down the right field line for the Eagles’ second run of the inning.
With its lead now down to one, Duke was able to tack on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. Kremer reached base for the third time on the day and stole second to move into scoring position. Boston College issued free passes to Betts and Marconcini to load the bases for Berezo. The Duke designated hitter ripped the first pitch he saw through the left side for his 13th and 14thRBI of the 2013 campaign.
Duke’s final run came in the eighth as doubles from Kenny Koplove and Kremer put the Blue Devils ahead by three runs.
The two teams will conclude the series with game two of Saturday’s doubleheader starting at approximately 5:05 p.m.
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