DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke baseball team returns to league action this weekend, traveling to Charlottesville, Va., for a three-game set against No. 7 Virginia. Duke and UVa square off Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m., at the Cavaliers’ Davenport Field.
Steve Barnes is set to call the action for the Blue Devil Network audio broadcast, available through GoDuke.com . Fans can also follow updates via Duke baseball’s official Twitter account, @Duke_BASE.
Sophomore left-hander Trent Swart will oppose UVa freshman lefty Brandon Waddell in the series opener Friday. Swart leads the Blue Devils with 61 strikeouts in 69.2 innings pitched and ranks 11th in the ACC with a 2.45 ERA.
Sophomore second baseman Andy Perez leads the Blue Devils with a .313 average and 16 stolen bases, while freshman Kenny Koplove and sophomore Grant McCabe are both hitting .300 on the season. Junior Jordan Betts’ has driven in a career-best 42 RBI this season and ranks tied for 10th in the league.
As a team, the Blue Devils are hitting .272, while Duke also sports a 4.06 team ERA and .971 fielding percentage.
With a 9-15 league record, Duke fell to Maryland twice in its last ACC series. The Blue Devils were 8-7 in the league after a sweep of Boston College and series wins against Miami and Georgia Tech, but Duke was swept by league leaders Florida State and North Carolina before facing Maryland two weekends ago.
The Blue Devils are 25-23 on the year after a 4-3 setback at Liberty this past Sunday. Duke was set to play Davidson Tuesday evening, but the game was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Virginia enters the weekend with a 39-8 overall record and 17-7 mark in conference play following an 11-3 win over in-state foe VCU Apr. 30. In ACC action, the Cavaliers swept Florida State before dropping 2-of-3 to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
Duke wraps up its current five-game road streak with a trip to UNC Greensboro Tuesday. The Blue Devils close out the regular season next weekend, playing host to NC State at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
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