LYNCHBURG, Va. – Five Duke pitchers mixed to allow just five hits in a shutout acquire as the Blue Devils topped Liberty 7- on Tuesday night time at the Liberty Baseball Stadium in Lynchburg, Va.
After a scoreless sport by five innings, junior RJ Schreck broke open the scoring in the sixth inning with a 3-operate household operate.
Offensively, 6 distinct Blue Devils recorded a hit in the course of the contest, highlighted by Schreck’s 2-for-4 outing with a few RBIs.
Creating his fourth commence of the period, freshman southpaw Luke Fox threw a few shutout innings whilst letting just two hits. A indigenous of Waukesha, Wis., Fox struck out three when on the mound.
Duke (17-16) and Liberty (25-9) both of those threatened in the early innings as the Blue Devils loaded the bases with two outs in the 3rd inning before the Flames did the similar in the fourth. Each groups escaped the jams with strikeouts to finish the innings.
The Blue Devils obtained on the board in the sixth as senior Joey Loperfido and junior Ethan Murray attained foundation with no outs to put runners on initially and next. Schreck fouled off four pitches with two strikes before hitting a 3-operate blast in excess of the remaining industry wall in the 10-pitch at-bat.
Duke scored four in the eighth inning as selective Duke hitting at the plate earned 4 consecutive walks ahead of a sacrifice fly by senior Michael Rothenberg, an mistake and a wild pitch scored the final 3 runs of the inning.
The Duke pitching employees combined to maintain Liberty to 5 hits through the game, such as just 1 hit just after the fifth inning.
Seniors Josh Nifong and Matt Dockman made appearances in reduction as aspect of Duke’s entire-workers method on the mound. Nifong, a native of Substantial Position, N.C., gave up two hits and 3 walks in two scoreless innings. He struck out 3 in his time on the hill to generate his next earn of the time. Dockman, a southpaw out of Hilliard, Ohio, put in two hitless innings of do the job though placing out 4.
Freshman Nick Conte and sophomore Jimmy Loper closed for the Blue Devils, pitching the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Conte struck out two in his hitless inning whilst Loper allowed a hit just before acquiring a double participate in to seal the sport.
Duke is back in the state of Virginia for the weekend as the Blue Devils vacation to Charlottesville for an ACC series at Virginia.
- All 4 of Duke’s runs in the eighth inning had been scored with no a hit.
- Duke became the initially crew to gain at Liberty this season as the Flames entered the contest a best 14- at household.
- The mixed pitching effort was just the next time the Blue Devils shut out an opponent this period, with the final becoming a 2- gain at Notre Dame.
- Schreck’s dwelling operate in the sixth inning traveled 360 ft. It was Schreck’s seventh home operate of the season to tie graduate scholar Peter Matt to direct the staff.
- Dockman tallied four strikeouts in his two innings of work, tying his most in an visual appearance this period.
- Loperfido achieved base for the 25th consecutive video game, many thanks to a wander in the third inning.
- Loperfido singled in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 video games, the longest of any Blue Devil this season.