DURHAM – The head coach Chris Pollard won his 300e win as Duke head coach as the Blue Devils beat Davidson, 11-2, Tuesday night at Jack Coombs Field.
The Blue Devils (22-29) made double-digit runs in a variety of ways, scoring twice on hits, three times on errors, twice on scraps, once on a hit-per-pitch, once on a walk, once on a wild throw and once. on a stolen basis. Duke held Davidson (40-10) to just three hits in the game.
Graduate student Chris Crabtree leads Duke to the plate. Crabtree went 2 for 3, hitting a pair of doubles and scoring two runs. Classmate Trevor Johnson went 1 for 3 at home plate and stole three bases. He stole home in the fifth inning.
Blue Devil’s pitching team was strong on a scheduled team day. Eight Blue Devil pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts and no walk after the game’s first batter. Duke limited a powerful offense by Davidson to just three hits and an earned run.
Right-handed senior Cooper Stinson started on the hill for Duke, making his 47e carrier start. Stinson was an expected opener, allowing a run on a hit in an inning pitched. senior left-handed Aaron Beasley earned his first career win on the mound, pitching two innings and allowing just one hit.
Davidson jumped on the Blue Devils quickly, scoring a run in the top of the first inning on a walk and a double.
Duke responded soon after, scoring a late third to tie the game, 1-1. Third, graduate student Chris Crabtree opened the inning with a double before moving to third on a fly ball. Duke got one hit per pitch and one walk to set up bases loaded with two outs. After falling to an 0-2 count, senior RJ Schreck fought back and won a 10-pitch at-bat with an RBI walk.
The Blue Devils took the lead and added more in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring five runs on two hits over the two innings. Second year Pierre-Alex chose to score a run, before a pitch error brought Johnson home in the same play. Schreck fired a hit per pitch to tackle a run later in the fourth to close the inning.
In fifth, second year Luke Storm advanced to third on a wild pitch, before scoring on an error. With runners on first and third and two out, graduate student Wil Hoyle attempted to steal second and tied to allow Johnson to steal home and add a run, 6-1.
After Davidson scored an unearned run in the sixth inning, Duke added five in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the game away, 11-2. Johnson singled and Crabtree doubled to put the runners in scoring position and Davidson had back-to-back disallowances to score the runs. Later in the round, junior Graham Pauley hit a double to right center that was misplayed by Davidson’s defense to score a pair of runs. Pauley then scored on a wild pitch.
Junior Billy Seidl and second Josh Allen were also strong in relief in a working round. Seidl fanned three while Allen had two strikeouts.
Duke concludes the regular season this weekend as the Blue Devils travel to Blacksburg, Va. for a three-game series at third-ranked Virginia Tech. The series opener is scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m. at English Field in Union Park.