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Duke Travels to Pitt for Final Regular Season Series

LEADING OFF
Duke concludes a unchanging deteriorate with three-game array during Pitt Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21 during Charles L. Cost Field … Games are scheduled for Thursday during 6 p.m., Friday during 6 p.m., and Saturday during 11 a.m. … The Blue Devils enter a weekend in 10th place in a ACC standings while a Panthers are ? … Fans incompetent to attend can watch all 3 games on Pitt’s central website while Blue Devil Network will yield an audio promote of all 3 games with Chris Edwards on a call.

 

DUKE vs. PITT
Duke and Pitt have met 11 times in module story … The Blue Devils lead a all-time series, 6-5 … The dual teams initial met in 1939, a 13-6 Duke feat in Durham, N.C. … Duke and Pitt final met for a three-game array Mar 20-22, 2015 during a Durham Bulls Athletic Park … The Blue Devils won a series, 2-1 … Duke took a initial game, 5-3, before Pitt won diversion two, 4-3, in 10 innings … The Blue Devils came out with a 7-6 feat in a culmination to explain a array … In a dual teams’ usually array in Pittsburgh, a Panthers swept a Blue Devils Mar 21-22, 2014 … As ACC opponents, a Panthers are 4-3 contra Duke.

DUKE’S SECOND HALF SUCCESS
After commencement a deteriorate 10-13 (1-7 ACC), a Blue Devils are 21-8 over their past 29 games (11-8 ACC) … Seven of Duke’s 8 waste in that camber came opposite ranked opponents … The Blue Devils were 116 in a RPI after Mar 29 and have risen to 27 over a past 7 weeks … During that stretch, Duke has array victories over Georgia Tech, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Florida State while posting a ideal 10-0 symbol in non-conference play … Over a past 32 games, 4 Blue Devils are attack .290 or better: Jimmy Herron (.385), Jack Labosky (.330), Justin Bellinger (.327) and Chris Proctor (.290) … As a team, Duke owns a .280 batting normal during that span, 42 points aloft than a normal over a initial 23 games (.238).

 

YOUTH MOVEMENT
Duke relies heavily on a corps of gifted underclassmen … The Blue Devils have not featured a lineup with some-more than 3 upperclassmen this deteriorate … Redshirt girl Jalen Phillips is a usually Duke upperclassman to start during any position in a infield and Duke has not started a singular upperclassmen in a outfield all year … The tip 8 batting averages on a organisation all go to underclassmen … Despite a girl in a field, Duke has started an upperclassman on a pile in all though one diversion this season.

 

THE GRADUATES
Duke’s weekend revolution consists of 3 connoisseur students in Kellen Urbon, Trent Swart and Brian McAfee … A connoisseur tyro has started on a pile in 38 of Duke’s 52 games this deteriorate … Of a 8 connoisseur students in a ACC, 5 are on Duke’s register (Urbon, Swart, McAfee, Conner Stevens and Cameron Neal).

 

IMPACT FRESHMAN
Freshman Jimmy Herron leads a organisation in 5 descent categories: batting normal (.346), on bottom commission (.436), hits (65), doubles (22) and stolen bases (24) … He has reached bottom in 47 of 52 games this deteriorate … Herron also leads a ACC in doubles (22) and ranks second in stolen bases (24) … In addition, he has some-more walks (26), doubles (22) and stolen bases (24) than strikeouts (21) this season.

 

HERRON ON THE BASE PATHS
Freshman Jimmy Herron leads a organisation and ranks second in a ACC with 24 stolen bases … He is 24-for-28 in stolen bottom attempts and has swiped dual bases in 3 games this deteriorate … Herron’s 24 stolen bases are also tied for second all-time among Duke freshmen … He is a fourth Duke rookie to appropriate 20 or some-more bases and a initial given Cass Hopkins in 1990.

 

THE BIG LABOSKY
After recording usually one additional bottom strike as a beginner in 2015, sophomore Jack Labosky has emerged as one of a tip hitters in Duke’s 2016 lineup … Labosky now leads a organisation in 5 descent categories: runs (35), RBI (43), home runs (7), sum bases (91), walks (30) and times strike by representation (13) … In addition, Labosky is third on a organisation with 21 service appearances … He owns a 1.38 ERA over 26.0 innings in service and leads all Duke pitchers with a 5.8:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

 

LABOSKY’S MONSTER GAME
Sophomore Jack Labosky had a beast diversion Saturday, Apr 2 during Georgia Tech, going 4-for-5 with dual homers, a double, 8 RBI and 3 runs scored … Only dual ACC players have totaled some-more RBI in a diversion given 2013: Miami’s David Thompson (9 vs. Georgia Tech, May 15, 2015) and Notre Dame’s Jake Shepski (9 vs. Virginia Tech, Mar 24, 2016).

 

PITCHING PROWESS
Duke enters a weekend ranked sixth in a ACC with a 3.67 organisation ERA … Pitching has turn a hallmark of Duke ball over a past 3 seasons … Should Duke finish a deteriorate with a organisation ERA underneath 4.00, it would symbol a program’s initial 3 deteriorate widen of sub-4.00 organisation ERAs given 1969-71.

 

BULLPEN SUCCESS
Duke uses a core organisation of 7 relievers who have any done 13 or some-more service appearances: Ryan Day (1.02), Jack Labosky (1.38), Al Pesto (1.69), Kevin Lewallyn (2.14), Mitch Stallings (3.10), James Ziemba (4.03) and Nick Hendrix (4.38) … That organisation owns a sum 2.81 ERA over 156.2 innings … Stallings leads a organisation and ranks third in a ACC with 9 saves.

 

URBON, McAFEE JOIN BLUE DEVILS
After graduating from Cornell University with a year of eligibility remaining, connoisseur students Kellen Urbon and Brian McAfee enrolled in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and assimilated a Blue Devils for a 2016 deteriorate … Both former Big Red right-handers have been pivotal contributors, creation a sum 24 starts and 32 appearances … McAfee has served as Duke’s Sunday starter, while Urbon done a pierce to Friday night after starting dual Saturday and 6 midweek games … Those dual have sum for 12 peculiarity starts and lead a organisation in innings pitched during 90.0 (McAfee) and 74.2 (Urbon) … Over their sum 164.2 innings, McAfee and Urbon have a sum 3.17 ERA.

 

URBON MOVES TO FRIDAY STARTER ROLE
Graduate tyro Kellen Urbon has filled many roles for a Blue Devils, creation 6 midweek starts, 5 weekend starts and 8 service appearances … He done his Friday night starter entrance during Virginia Tech … Urbon leads a Blue Devils in ERA (2.89) and hostile batting normal (.235) … Urbon enters a weekend ranked 15th in a ACC in ERA (2.89) and fifth in walks authorised per diversion (1.93).

 

LIMITING FREE BASES
Graduate students Brian McAfee and Kellen Urbon arrange among a tip 5 pitchers in a fasten in fewest walks authorised per diversion … McAfee leads a ACC in walks authorised per 9 innings (1.10), while Urbon ranks fifth (1.93) … Duke is a usually propagandize with dual pitchers in a tip 5 … McAfee also set a Cornell career record, averaging 1.14 walks per diversion with a Big Red, and ranks fourth nationally among active career leaders in fewest walks per 9 innings (1.13).

QUALITY CONTROL
Graduate tyro Brian McAfee has available 8 peculiarity starts in 12 altogether starts this deteriorate … He leads a ACC in innings pitched (90.0) and fewest walks authorised per diversion (1.10) while averaging a third-most innings per diversion among fasten pitchers (6.92).

 

McAFEE TOSSES THREE COMPLETE GAMES
Graduate tyro Brian McAfee is one of dual ACC pitchers to toss 3 finish games this deteriorate along with Virginia’s Connnor Jones … McAfee threw finish games opposite then-No. 14 Virginia Mar 13, then-No. 18 Clemson Apr 10 and Gardner-Webb May 8 … He exceeded 100 pitches in usually one of his finish games, induction 108 opposite Clemson … He threw 94 pitches in his shutout of Virginia and 90 contra Gardner-Webb.

 

McAFEE NAMED ACC PITCHER of a WEEK
Graduate tyro Brian McAfee was named ACC Pitcher of a Week Mar 14 after tossing his initial career shutout opposite No. 14 Virginia … The Cavaliers entered a diversion as one of a tip offenses in a ACC, though McAfee indispensable usually 94 pitches – 72 for strikes – to keep Virginia off a house for 9 innings … McAfee sparse 5 singles, struck out 3 and did not travel a beat … McAfee’s shutout was a initial by a Blue Devil given Drew Van Orden tossed a scoreless finish diversion May 22, 2014, opposite Georgia Tech … In addition, McAfee is a third Duke pitcher underneath conduct manager Chris Pollard to register a shutout.

 

SWART AMONG DUKE CAREER ERA LEADERS
Graduate tyro Trent Swart owns a 3.06 career ERA, good for third all-time during Duke and also a tip Blue Devil symbol given a commencement of a aluminum bat epoch in 1974 … For his career, Swart owns a 16-16 record with 249 strikeouts over 271.0 innings … He is a usually Blue Devil pitcher to start over 40 games in his career and post an ERA underneath 3.90 … Swart’s sum of 249 career strikeouts is good for 10th in module history.

 

 

CLARK AMONG TOP ACC PROSPECTS
Junior right-hander Bailey Clark leads a organisation in sum strikeouts (60) … He also leads a organisation and ranks fourth in a ACC, averaging 9.94 strikeouts per diversion … Clark was named an swap for a 2015 U.S. Collegiate National Team and assimilated a patrol for a five-game array opposite Cuba Jul 1-6 in Cary, N.C. … He done dual appearances with Team USA, entrance out of a bullpen in both … The United States won a series, 3-2 … Clark is a second Blue Devil to contest with a U.S. Collegiate National Team … Former Duke right-hander and stream Toronto Blue Jay Marcus Stroman was a member of a U.S. Collegiate National Team in 2011 … In addition, Clark was tabbed No. 41 on Perfect Game’s list of tip 150 college prospects for a 2016 MLB Draft.

 

BLUE DEVILS in a ACC
Duke is now tied for ninth in a fasten standings with a 12-15 ACC bill … The Blue Devils began a ACC line-up 1-7 before posting an 11 -8 symbol over a past 19 fasten contests … Duke owns fasten array victories over Georgia Tech, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Florida State … Duke was picked to finish fifth in a ACC Coastal Division in a 2016 ACC Preseason Coaches’ Poll … Duke is 387-790-4 all-time in ACC games … Duke binds a 619-980-9 record opposite teams now in a ACC … Duke has won 3 ACC titles given fasten a fasten in 1954 and has had 93 All-ACC selections.

 

POLLARD REACHES 500 CAREER WINS
Head manager Chris Pollard purebred his 500th career win Sunday, May 1 during NC State … He owns a 506-415-3 record in 16 seasons as a conduct manager … In addition, Pollard has posted a 121-95 record as a Blue Devils’ conduct manager … Pollard available his 100th win during Duke Tuesday, Mar 15 opposite UMES, apropos a fastest Duke conduct manager to strech 100 wins in module story … He is also a initial Blue Devil conduct manager to beam a organisation to 3 30-win seasons in his initial 4 campaigns.

 

DUKE RECORDS 3RD STRAIGHT 30-WIN SEASON
With 31 wins this season, Duke reached a 30-win symbol for a third true year, imprinting a program’s initial widen of three-straight 30-win seasons given a Blue Devils gathered a run of 7 uninterrupted 30-win seasons from 1992-98 … Duke has now available 13 30-win seasons in module history: 2016 (31-21), 2015 (31-22), 2014 (33-25), 2009 (35-24), 2008 (37-18-1), 1998 (38-20), 1997 (33-25), 1996 (39-18), 1995 (30-27), 1994 (33-20), 1993 (39-19-1), 1992 (38-16) and 1952 (31-7).

 

DUKE EXPANDS DURHAM BULLS PARTNERSHIP
Duke renewed a agreement with a Durham Bulls to play home games during a Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP), home of a Triple-A associate of a Tampa Bay Rays … Beginning in 2016, a agreement renovation is a seven-year agreement that allows Duke to play adult to 36 muster and home games during a DBAP any year … The Blue Devils also benefit a new, permanent locker room and hall during a trickery as good as coaches’ bureau in Diamond View II … Duke and a Durham Bulls began their strange partnership before to a Blue Devils’ 2010 season.

 

BLUE DEVILS in a MLB DRAFT
The Blue Devils have had 8 players comparison in a MLB Draft over a past dual seasons, imprinting a second-highest two-year sum in module story (A school-record 11 Blue Devils were taken from 2009-10) … Five Blue Devils were comparison in a 2015 draft: girl RHP Michael Matuella, comparison RHP Sarkis Ohanian, girl RHP Kenny Koplove, comparison RHP Andrew Istler and redshirt sophomore RHP James Marvel … Duke’s 5 selections in a 2015 MLB Draft noted a program’s top sum given 7 Blue Devils were taken in a 2009 MLB Draft … In addition, Matuella and Ohanian became a initial Duke teammates picked in a initial 10 rounds of a breeze given 2002 (Larry Broadway | 3rd Round Kevin Kelly | 5th Round) … Duke also had 5 pitchers taken in a singular breeze for a initial time in module history.

 

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