DURHAM, N.C. – Junior right-hander Robert Huber threw the Blue Devils’ first complete game shutout in nine years to lead the Duke baseball team to a 6-0 win over Boston College in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. With the victory, Duke completes the sweep of Boston College, improving its record to 16-13 (6-6 ACC) on the year.
With nine innings of scoreless pitching, Huber registered the first shutout thrown by a Blue Devil pitcher since Tim Layden tossed a no-hitter against Old Dominion on April 13, 2004. The Plano, Texas, native recorded just one strikeout but only allowed three hits as he was able to get 18 fly outs. He allowed just two runners to reach second base and retired the final 13 batters he faced.
The complete game is the second of Huber’s career and first for a Blue Devil since sophomore Trent Swart allowed one run in nine innings against Boston College on May 18 of last season.
“It was an incredibly well-pitched game,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “We really embodied what we’re preaching to these guys, which is pitch to contact. [Huber] only had one strikeout the entire ball game but did a great job and was really efficient. [He] threw 96 pitches total and averaged about 10 pitches an inning. Obviously, [he] had a lot of fly ball contact and just challenged with his fastball.”
Duke capture a lead it would not relinquish in the third as junior Jordan Betts drove in two with a base hit up the middle. Sophomore Andy Perez got the offense going with a single and advanced to third following a throwing error on a Jeff Kremer fielder’s choice. With two outs, Betts came to the plate and knocked in the pair for his team-leading 28th and 29th RBI of the season, giving Duke the 2-0 advantage.
The score held until the bottom of the fifth when freshman Kenny Koplove scored on a Grant McCabe base hit. McCabe reached base three times in game two, going 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Koplove was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The Blue Devils opened the seventh with six straight singles, adding three insurance runs to extend their lead to 6-0. Junior Anthony D’Alessandro led off with a base knock up the middle and advanced to second on a passed ball before coming home on a Koplove RBI single. Perez continued the trend with his second single of game two, and back-to-back RBI singles from Kremer and McCabe accounted for Duke’s final runs of the series.
Both Perez and senior Ryan Munger recorded 2-for-4 outings in the series finale while Betts and Kremer extended their current hit streaks to 11 games each.
Four Blue Devils – Betts, Koplove, Kremer and Perez – hit over .400 for the weekend as the quartet combined for 20 of Duke’s 34 hits in the three-game series as well as 19 runs scored and 14 RBI.
Boston College (3-22, 0-11 ACC) left-hander Andrew Chin (1-6) suffered the loss, allowing six runs, four earned, on nine hits over six innings. Second baseman Blake Butera, catcher Matt Pare and third baseman Gabriel Hernandez recorded the hits for the Eagles.
Duke returns to action with a midweek game against in-state opponent Davidson Tuesday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
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