DURHAM – Duke opens ACC play this weekend because it hosts Virginia for a three-game collection on the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in downtown Durham.
Duke opens ACC play because it welcomes Virginia to the DBAP for a weekend collection. First pitch instances are slated for 4 p.m., on Friday, 4 p.m., on Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. The Blue Devils maintain a 66-109-1 document (32-43-1 in Durham) towards Virginia. Head coach Chris Pollard, in his tenth season at Duke, has a 10-15 document. Saturday’s recreation shall be broadcast on ACC Community with Anish Shroff and Roddy Jones on the decision. Friday and Sunday’s video games shall be broadcast on ACC Community Additional with Daron Vaught and Art Chase on the decision. As well as, followers can tune into the radio broadcast to listen to Chris Edwards on the Varsity app or GoDuke.com/audio. Following the weekend, Duke welcomes West Virginia to the DBAP on Tuesday, March 15.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Friday, 4 p.m. – Varsity App (radio) – Live Stats – Watch – Tickets
Saturday, 4 p.m. – Varsity App (radio) – Live Stats – Watch – Tickets
Sunday, 1 p.m. – Varsity App (radio) – Live Stats – Watch – Tickets
Duke – Marcus Johnson (1-2, 3.45 ERA)
Virginia – Nate Savino (2-0, 2.03 ERA)
Duke – Luke Fox (1-1, 5.79 ERA)
Virginia – Brian Gursky (3-0, 2.25 ERA)
Duke – Billy Seidl (1-0, 1.98 ERA)
Virginia – Brandon Neeck (2-0, 1.26 ERA)
Duke ranks fourth within the ACC in doubles with 28 getting into ACC play. Junior Graham Pauley leads the staff with six, rating second within the convention. Most not too long ago, junior Chad Knight recorded three doubles towards UMass Lowell on March 9 to turn out to be the primary Blue Satan to hit three in a single recreation since March 2016.
Junior right-hander Marcus Johnson is starting to settle into his function because the Friday night time arm for the Blue Devils. After a tough opening day, Johnson was stellar on the hill towards Bucknell. The Fontana, Calif., native boasted 12 strikeouts in six innings of labor to earn the win. The 12 strikeouts had been essentially the most since Bryce Jarvis’ 15 Ks towards Cornell in February of 2020.
EYE, EYE CAPTAIN
Graduate pupil outfielder Chris Davis has been a spark plug for the Duke offense, discovering methods to get on base and exhibiting some pop. Davis put collectively back-to-back video games towards East Carolina and Bucknell during which he hit residence runs on the primary pitch of the at-bat. Additionally, Davis has been extraordinarily efficient in getting on base, boasting 13 walks to only eight strikeouts and an on-base proportion of .500. There’s a lengthy season forward, however his OBP would break the present college document of .493. The outfielder additionally tallied his a hundredth profession hit towards UMass Lowell on March 8.
SEIDL’S STELLAR START TO THE SEASON
Junior right-hander Billy Seidl has been electrical to open the 2022 season. After popping out of the bullpen all through his profession, the Wellesley, Mass., native has shifted right into a beginning function. Seidl opened the season with out permitting successful within the first 10.0 innings pitched and at the moment carries a .048 opponent batting common. As well as, Seidl has tallied 18 strikeouts and a 1.98 ERA. Heading into the weekend, Seidl leads the nation in hits allowed per 9 innings, 1.32.
WELCOME TO Okay-VILLE
The Blue Satan pitching workers has ascended to new heights over the previous 5 seasons, shattering the college’s strikeout document in 2018, 2019 and 2022. Duke continues to be on tempo for a document season, as Marcus Johnson leads the staff with 24 Okay’s.
Duke season strikeout totals (Group information)
Rank Okay/9 Strikeouts Season
1. 9.82 527 2021
2. 9.72 598 2019
3. 9.12 575 2018
11.03 141 2022
SCHRECK OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION
Senior RJ Schreck loved top-of-the-line offensive seasons in program historical past in 2021, breaking onto the scene for the Blue Devils. The Los Angeles, Calif., native boasted 18 residence runs, good for fourth in program historical past, and a slugging proportion of .635, rating ninth in class lore. A 3rd staff All-ACC and second staff ABCA All-Atlantic choice, Schreck additionally belted three residence runs towards Wright State within the 2021 Knoxville Regional, turning into the primary Blue Satan to hit three residence runs in a recreation since 2015. Schreck enters the season on the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Watch Checklist.
HIGHLY-TOUTED FRESHMAN CLASS
Duke’s incoming class of 12 freshmen and 4 graduate transfers had been tabbed ninth by Baseball America, the very best ranked class in program historical past. Freshmen Alex Mooney, Jonathan Santucci and Devin Obee, who every rank within the top-50 freshmen nationally per Good Sport. The Blue Devils had been the lone college within the rankings with two gamers within the prime 10 and three gamers within the prime 50.
Okay’S 4 KIDS’ CANCER
Duke has partnered with the Duke Kids’s Hospital for the fourth consecutive season within the Okay’s 4 Children’ Most cancers marketing campaign. Donors can pledge an amount of cash to donate per strikeout that the Blue Devils pitching workers throws in 2022. The partnership has contributed over $30,000 in assist of the Duke Kids’s Hospital. Over the previous 4 seasons, Duke has totaled 1,900+ strikeouts.