banner
Duke

BSB: Betts' Walk-Off Home Run Lifts Blue Devils to Victory

Posted February 23, 2013

Duke Logo

— With the game tied 0-0 in the bottom of the ninth, junior third baseman Jordan Betts belted a two-run home run to left field, lifting the Duke baseball team to a 2-0 victory over visiting Bucknell Saturday at Jack Coombs Field.

A pitchers’ duel throughout, senior Jeff Kremer got things started in the final inning with a one-out walk. Kremer was able to advance to second on a wild pitch then moved to third after tagging on a Mike Rosenfeld fly ball to center. That brought Betts to the plate with two outs and a runner on third as the Wilmington, N.C., native hammered the 1-0 offering from Bison right-hander Marcus Garone for the walk-off victory. The home run was the second for Betts this season and seventh of his career.

“It’s one of those fun moments in college baseball that every guy dreams of,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “When Jeff [Kremer] got to third, it really set it up that they were going to have to challenge Jordan [Betts] because they didn’t want to spike a breaking ball in that situation and have a passed ball to end the game. Jeff’s play to get to third put as in a position where Jordan got a pitch to hit and he took advantage of it.”

For the second consecutive day, Duke’s starting pitcher recorded 10-plus strikeouts as junior Drew Van Orden and sophomore Andrew Istler would combine for the one-hit shutout. Van Orden (0-1) posted a career-high 13 strikeouts and held Bucknell (0-5) to one hit over eight scoreless innings. He retired 23 of the 26 batters he faced and struck out at least one batter in every inning except the seventh. Istler (1-0) came on and pitched a perfect ninth, recording a pair of groundouts and a strikeout in his second appearance of the season.

“It was an incredibly well-pitched game: one hit, one walk, 13 strikeouts,” Pollard said. “It was about as an impressive as [Trent] Swart’s outing last night. I think it’s an outing [Van Orden] can build off of. He was really, really good with his cutter. He used it to get himself out a number of jams. That pitch, when he has it working for him, can get a lot of soft contact. He got ground ball outs and he got a number of strikeouts as well.”

Sophomore Andy Perez recorded the first Blue Devil hit on the day, a single up the middle in the second inning, and stole second for his team-high fourth stolen base of the season. Duke was unable to convert on the opportunity, leaving Perez stranded at second.

Duke again looked to be in good position to plate a run in the seventh as Rosenfeld doubled to lead off the inning. Bison LHP Dan Weigel was again able to work out of the jam and retired the next three Duke batters to preserve the 0-0 tie.

Despite a strong showing from the Bison junior, Weigel (0-2) would suffer the loss after issuing the walk to Kremer in the ninth. Weigel struck out five in 8.1 innings and allowed just one run on two hits for the afternoon.

“It was a great ball game,” Pollard added. “I thought it was a well-played game on both sides. Weigel threw the ball exceptionally well for Bucknell. I thought Van Orden threw the ball great; it was a pitchers’ duel from the first inning on. Both teams played really good defense and made their pitchers better. Both teams had some opportunities. Certainly we had a couple opportunities to push a run across and pitchers made pitches when they needed to. [It was] just a really great baseball game. I’m glad we got Jordan [Betts] to the plate in the bottom of the ninth and he came up big.”

Duke and Bucknell close out the series Sunday at Jack Coombs Field. The first pitch of game three is set for 12 p.m.

Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Golf: WGC-Dell Match Play Championship

    Today at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL: NCFC vs. Miami

    Tonight at 7:30 on WRAL-2

  • NASL Soccer: Miami @ North Carolina FC

    Tonight at 7:30 on WRAL-2

  • NASCAR: Auto Club 400

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on FOX50

  • Golf: WGC-Dell Match Play Championship

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL: NCFC @ San Francisco

    Saturday, Apr. 8 at 10:00 pm on WRAL-2

  • NASL: NCFC vs. Edmonton

    Saturday, Apr. 15 at 7:30 pm on WRAL-2

  • NASL: NCFC @ Miami

    Saturday, Apr. 22 at 7:30 pm on WRAL-2

  • CBB: UNC v. Kentucky

    Tonight at 5:05 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NCAA Tournament Elite 8

    Tonight at 6:00 on Buzz Sports Radio

  • NASL: North Carolina FC v. Miami

    Tonight at 7:00 on 95.7 The Ticket

  • NHL: Canes v. New Jersey Devils

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NASL: NCFC vs. Maimi

    Tonight at 7:30

  • NASL: NCFC @ San Francisco

    Saturday, Apr. 8 at 10:00 pm

  • NASL: NCFC vs. Edmonton

    Saturday, Apr. 15 at 7:30 pm

  • NASL: NCFC @ Miami

    Saturday, Apr. 22 at 7:30 pm

Minor League Baseball
International League
Rochester 11:05 PT12:05 MT1:05 CT2:05 ET7:05 GMT
Syracuse 
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 11:05 PT12:05 MT1:05 CT2:05 ET7:05 GMT
Buffalo 
Pawtucket 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Lehigh Valley 
Toledo 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Indianapolis 
Norfolk 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Charlotte 
Columbus 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Louisville 
Durham 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Gwinnett 
WGC Match Play (PGA)
Leader in BOLD/CAPS
MatchHScore
Na v Haas0AS
Leishman v Mickelson0AS
Rahm v Howell III0AS
Kjeldsen v McGirt0AS
Tanihara v Casey0AS
Fisher v Watson0AS
Noren v Koepka0AS
Johnson v Johnson0AS
View Full Leaderboard
Puerto Rico Open (PGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1tB. DeChambeau-1118
1tD. Points-1118
1tB. Lunde-1115
4tT. Wilkinson-1018
4tJ. Henry-1018
4tT. Hoge-1018
4tC. Stroud-1018
4tR. Campos-1018
4tJ. Spaun-1018
10tM. Thompson-918
View Full Leaderboard
 
Kia Classic (LPGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1C. Kerr-918
2tM. Lee-818
2tM. Martin-818
4tM. Hur-618
4tA. Ernst-618
4tJ. Stoelting-618
4tK. Icher-618
8tP. Chien-518
8tJ. Ewart Shadoff-518
8tS. Park-518
View Full Leaderboard
 
WGC Match Play (EURO)
Leader in BOLD/CAPS
MatchHScore
Na v Haas0AS
Leishman v Mickelson0AS
Rahm v Howell III0AS
Kjeldsen v McGirt0AS
Tanihara v Casey0AS
Fisher v Watson0AS
Noren v Koepka0AS
Johnson v Johnson0AS
View Full Leaderboard
 
ATP Scoreboard
Friday, Mar. 24
Miami Open (ATP/WTA)
Second Round
(7) M. Cilic4 6 3   
J. Chardy6 2 6   
(26) P. Kohlschrei7 3 77   
T. Fritz5 6 64   
(3) M. Raonic6 7    
V. Troicki3 5    
(19) A. Ramos-Vino65 6 3   
J. Vesely77 4 6   
(2) K. Nishikori6 6    
K. Anderson4 3    
(15) P. Carreno Bu6 5 2   
F. Delbonis1 7 6   
(30) J. Sousa68 6 3   
F. Fognini710 2 6   
(28) M. Zverev4 4    
J. Donaldson6 6    
(5) R. Nadal6 6    
D. Sela3 4    
(23) S. Johnson4 7 4   
N. Mahut6 5 6   
(21) P. Cuevas5 0    
B. Paire7 6    
(13) J. Sock2     
Y. Nishioka4     
(20) G. Simon1 1    
J. Struff6 6    
(11) L. Pouille2 4    
D. Young6 6    
(25) F. Verdasco711 7    
E. Escobedo69 5    
(9) G. Dimitrov3 64    
G. Pella6 77    
 
WTA Scoreboard
Friday, Mar. 24
Miami Open (ATP/WTA)
Second Round
(3) S. Halep6 2 6   
N. Osaka4 6 3   
(24) T. Babos77 2 0   
P. Parmentier61 6 6   
(25) R. Vinci3 2    
T. Townsend6 6    
(7) S. Kuznetsova6 6    
M. Minella2 2    
(28) I. Begu6 4 3   
L. Arruabarre3 6 6   
(8) M. Keys6 6    
V. Golubic1 2    
(32) E. Makarova77 2 2   
A. Kontaveit61 6 6   
(20) C. Suarez Nav4 65    
J. Goerges6 77    
(21) C. Garcia4 0    
S. Peng6 6    
(10) J. Konta6 65 6   
A. Sasnovich2 77 4   
(1) A. Kerber77 6    
Y. Duan63 2    
(22) K. Mladenovic64 2    
P. Tig77 6    
(14) S. Stosur6 6    
A. Barty4 4    
(31) D. Kasatkina4 7 0   
S. Rogers6 5 6   
(11) V. Williams6 6    
B. Haddad Mai4 3    
(16) K. Bertens4 6 0   
R. Ozaki6 4 0