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BSB: No. 18 Tar Heels come up short at Duke, 3-2

Posted March 28

The Blue Devils celebrated a 3-2 win over North Carolina.

— Drew Van Orden struck out 12 batters in eight innings and Duke held off a late rally to hand No. 18 North Carolina a 3-2 loss Friday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field. Trent Thornton allowed just three runs (two earned) in seven innings but took his first loss of 2014 as the Tar Heels dropped their fourth in a row for the first time since 2010.

Carolina (15-10, 5-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) struck first with a two-out hit in the second. Tom Zengel led off the inning with a bloop single to right and scored three batters later on a Tyler Ramirez RBI double to left.

That would be all for the Tar Heels against Van Orden, however, as the senior righty was in control for most of the afternoon, striking out 12 and walking none in eight innings of work to improve to 2-2 on the year.

Meanwhile, Duke (15-12, 5-5 ACC) manufactured single runs in the third, fifth and seventh off Thornton (5-1) with some help from the Tar Heel defense. The Blue Devils tied the game in the third after back-to-back one out singles from Mark Lumpa and Matt Berezo. After both runners advanced on a flyout, Lumpa scored from third on a Thornton wild pitch.

DU took the lead in the fifth on an unearned run after Landon Lassiter threw wild of first for what would have been the first out of the inning. Two batters later, Kenny Koplove scored on Berezo's sacrifice fly to make it 2-1. Berezo's second sac fly of the day made it 3-1 in the seventh.

Carolina mounted a rally in the ninth against Duke closer Robert Huber in the ninth but came up one run short. Huber walked the first two batters he faced, and Lassiter scored when Michael Russell beat out a potential inning-ending double play for an RBI fielder's choice.

But Huber got Zengel looking for the final out of the game to give Duke its first win over Carolina since 2010.

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  • NothingButNet Mar 30, 8:26 a.m.

    When Duke beats you, you've had a bad day.

    — Posted by BB5

    Agree, and they did it again yesterday. Hope it's not a three-peat today.

  • BB5 Mar 29, 1:54 p.m.

    When Duke beats you, you've had a bad day.

  • wjuliang Mar 29, 12:33 p.m.

    Yikes.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Mar 28, 10:42 p.m.

    Well, *&^%!

    — Posted by mxteam44

    You took the words right off my keyboard:)

  • mxteam44 Mar 28, 9:40 p.m.

    Well, *&^%!

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