Duke Wins Series Opener over Wake Forest, 10-3
April 23, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Making his first career start, Duke pitcher Marcus Stroman threw a complete game, giving up just three runs, while Will Currier, Jake Lemmerman and Jeremy Gould each homered to lead Duke to a 10-3 win over Wake Forest in the series opener on Friday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the victory, Duke improved its record to 23-16 and 7-12 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Wake Forest fell to 10-31 on the season and 2-17 in the ACC.
Stroman (5-1) was the story of the game, pitching 9.0 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, and striking out 10 Demon Deacon hitters in his first collegiate start. The Duke righty retired 11 straight batters at one point in the game and had 1-2-3 innings in five of six innings between the third and the eighth.
Tim Cooney (3-4) suffered the loss for the Demon Deacons, pitching a career-long 8.2 innings and allowing eight hits and eight runs, five earned. He struck out four batters and walked just one.
Pat Blair accounted for two of Wake Forest's five hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Steven Brooks hit his fifth homer of the year and drove in two runs. The homer for Brooks extended his hitting streak to 10 straight games. Ryan Semeniuk also added an RBI and went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the loss.
Lemmerman tied a career-high with five RBIs and went 2-for-4, including his ninth home run of the season. Currier and Gould also homered in the contest and drove in two runs apiece. Dennis O'Grady added a pair of hits with an RBI.
Wake Forest grabbed an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first. Blair led off the inning with a single through the right side. An errant throw on a pickoff attempt to first by Stroman moved Blair all the way to third. Semeniuk grounded out to short to score Blair for the first run of the game.
Duke took its first lead of the game in the top of the fourth, scoring two runs. Lemmerman reached on a walk to start the inning and was along for the ride on Gould's two-run home run to left field, his fourth homer of the season.
The Blue Devils added on to their lead with two runs in the top of the fifth. With two outs, O'Grady and Ryan McCurdy hit back-to-back singles to put runners at first and second. Lemmerman doubled down the left field line to score both runners, but was thrown out at third on the play to end the frame.
The Blue Devils extended their lead to 10-1 in the top of the ninth after they hit two home runs in the inning. Litwin led off the inning by reaching base on a fielding error by first baseman Matt Conway, and he came around to score when Currier hit a home run to deep left field, his ninth of the season. Will Piwnica-Worms followed with a single, and he advanced to second when Ben Grisz grounded into a fielder's choice and later to third on a fly out by Eric Brady. O'Grady followed with a single to left field, scoring Piwnica-Worms from third. McCurdy walked to put runners at first and second with two outs, and Lemmerman cleared the bases with his three-run home run, his ninth homer of the season.
Wake Forest cut into the Duke lead in the bottom of the ninth inning courtesy of Brooks' fifth home run of the season, but it was not enough as the Blue Devils won 10-3. Semeniuk singled to lead off the inning, and Brooks followed with a home run to left-center field. Despite the quick start to the inning, the Demon Deacons could not get any other runners to cross the plate.
The Demon Deacons and Blue Devils continue the three-game series on Saturday night with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. (ET). Sophomore LHP Austin Stadler (1-3, 6.88) will start on the mound for Wake Forest, while Duke is projected to start freshman RHP Chase Bebout (4-1, 3.72).
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