Duke

Duke holds off Wake Forest to clinch series

Posted April 26, 2014

Duke Logo

— The Duke baseball team scored four runs in the first and held off a furious Wake Forest rally late to clinch the series with a 6-5 victory Saturday afternoon at the Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Junior Trent Swart (4-1) turned in seven scoreless innings to help Duke (27-17, 14-9 ACC) to its eighth consecutive victory. In his longest outing since returning from injury, Swart scattered six singles and struck out nine. The left-hander struck out at least one batter in each frame, extending his scoreless inning streak to 17.0.

After Duke tallied four runs on four hits in the first, senior Jordan Betts added a pair of solo home runs down the stretch to account for the Blue Devils offensive production. The Blue Devils took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth before Wake Forest (26-20, 12-11 ACC) scored five runs over the final two innings to threaten the Duke advantage.

After retiring the leadoff hitter, Wake Forest starter Garrett Kelly (1-2) ran into trouble as six straight Blue Devils reached base to give Duke a 4-0 cushion in the first. An Andy Perez base hit began the rally before Kelly walked both Betts and Chris Marconcini to load the bases. Duke then received three consecutive bases-loaded base hits, one each from Aaron Cohn, Matt Berezo and Mike Rosenfeld.

“I thought we had really good at bats early,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “Kelly got us in some two-strike counts and we just did a really good job of battling and came up with some big hits.”

Duke was unable to add to its 4-0, stranding seven runners over the next four frames. The Demon Deacons threatened for the first time with runners at the corners in the fifth, but Swart induced a groundball to escape the jam.

Betts proceeded to send a solo shot to left center in the top of the sixth and added a second homer in the eighth to put Duke up 6-0. The home runs were Betts’ third and fourth of the season, bringing his career total to 16.

“We talk a lot about how there are no meaningless runs,” Pollard said. “We left 11 guys on base. We had our opportunities to push the lead out and didn’t do it. In this ballpark, the way the ball flies, you just have to take every opportunity you can to put a team away. [Wake Forest is] a good team with some power in their bats. They ran a couple out of the yard late and made it a close ballgame, so those two home runs by Betts were really important.”

The Demon Deacons again looked to rally as Will Craig and Conor Kiniry both singled to start the seventh. However, Swart was able to once again escape unscathed. The Carlsbad, Calif., native struck out the next two batters looking before Evan Stephens chopped one back to the mound for the final out.

“Trent [Swart] was dominant,” Pollard said. “He had an unbelievable ballgame. Pitched great. That was the furthest he’s gone since the injury. I was really impressed with the job he did in the seventh inning.”

Duke’s comfortable six-run lead dwindled to two in the bottom of the eighth. Wake Forest rallied for four runs with two outs after Nate Mondou and Kiniry both sent two-run home runs to right.


A Matt Conway RBI single in the bottom of the ninth plated Ben Breazeale, who drew the leadoff walk, to trim the lead to 6-5. With runners at the corners, senior Robert Huber got Mondou to fly out to center for the final out, preserving the win and picking up his ninth save of the season.

The Blue Devils and the Demon Deacons go head to head in the series finale Sunday. Duke’s Michael Matuella (1-1, 1.59 ERA) takes the mound against a Wake Forest’s Connor Kaden (2-3, 4.37 ERA).

Comments

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

Newest First
View all
  • NFL Chicago at Dallas

    Tonight at 8:20 on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Chicago at Dallas

    Tonight at 8:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Hurricanes at Washington (Stream only)

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Atlanta at New Orleans

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

NFL Scoreboard
Thursday, Sep. 22
Houston0Final
New England27
Sunday, Sep. 25
Arizona18Final
Buffalo33
 
Minnesota22Final
Carolina10
 
Denver29Final
Cincinnati17
 
Detroit27Final
Green Bay34
 
Baltimore19Final
Jacksonville17
 
Cleveland24F(OT)
Miami30
 
Washington29Final
NY Giants27
 
Oakland17Final
Tennessee10
 
San Francisco18Final
Seattle37
 
Los Angeles37
Tampa Bay32
 
San Diego22Final
Indianapolis26
 
NY Jets3Final
Kansas City24
 
Pittsburgh3Final
Philadelphia34
 
Chicago 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 北京时间5:30 MST7:30 EST7:30 CT4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET23:30
Dallas 
Monday, Sep. 26
Atlanta 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 北京时间5:30 MST7:30 EST7:30 CT4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET23:30
New Orleans 
 
Minor League Baseball
International League
El Paso 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 
 
TOUR Championship (PGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1R. McIlroy - z-12F
2tR. Moore - y-12F
2tK. Chappell - y-12F
4P. Casey-9F
5H. Matsuyama-6F
6tJ. Thomas-5F
6tD. Johnson-5F
8tA. Scott-4F
8tJ. Dufner-4F
10tS. Kim-2F
View Full Leaderboard
z = Won in Playoff   y = Lost in Playoff
 
Evian Champ (LPGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1I. Chun-21F
2tS. Park-17F
2tS. Ryu-17F
4S. Feng-15F
5S. Kim-14F
6I. Kim-12F
7A. Stanford-10F
8H. Nomura-9F
9tB. Henderson-7F
9tA. Jutanugarn-7F
View Full Leaderboard
 
European Open (EURO)
PosNameScoreThru
1A. Levy - z-19F
2R. Fisher - y-19F
3tM. Jonzon-16F
3tR. Karlsson-16F
5B. Wiesberger-15F
6M. Kaymer-14F
7tR. Bland-13F
7tE. De La Riva-13F
7tF. Fritsch-13F
7tG. Havret-13F
View Full Leaderboard
z = Won in Playoff   y = Lost in Playoff
 
Pacific Links (CHMP)
PosNameScoreThru
1tC. Montgomerie-1515
1tS. McCarron-1515
3tM. Jimenez-1318
3tJ. Sluman-1317
3tS. Dunlap-1316
6tB. Langer-1218
6tM. Dawson-1218
6tO. Browne-1216
6tD. Garwood-1215
10tF. Funk-1118
View Full Leaderboard
 
ATP Scoreboard
Sunday, Sep. 25
St. Petersburg Open (ATP)
Final
(1) S. Wawrinka2 6 5   
(5) A. Zverev6 3 7   
 
Moselle Open (ATP)
Final
(1) D. Thiem65 2    
(3) L. Pouille77 6    
 
WTA Scoreboard
Sunday, Sep. 25
Korea Open (WTA)
Final
(5) M. Niculescu0 6 0   
L. Arruabarre6 2 6   
 
Wuhan Tennis Open (WTA)
First Round
Y. Wickmayer6 77    
S. Rogers3 61    
D. Kovinic79 5 4   
L. Siegemund67 7 6   
Y. Shvedova6 6    
S. Zheng0 3    
I. Begu4 77 6   
E. Kulichkova6 64 2   
V. Lepchenko5 3    
L. Safarova7 6    
T. Babos3 5    
K. Siniakova6 7    
(9) S. Kuznetsova6 3    
B. Bencic3 4    
(13) R. Vinci6 6    
M. Puig3 3    
(12) T. Bacsinszky3 3    
L. Chirico6 4    
E. Makarova6 6    
S. Lisicki1 2