DURHAM- The Duke baseball team returns to action on Tuesday and Wednesday as they host Davidson and Longwood, respectively, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in downtown Durham, North Carolina.
Duke hosts Davidson and Longwood for a pair of midweek games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday and 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Duke is 116-32 against Davidson and 11-2-1 against Longwood. The head coach Chris Pollard, in his 10th season at Duke, graduated from Davidson College and is 27-8 in his career against his alma mater. Pollard is 10-2 against Longwood. The games will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Chris Edwards will stream on the Varsity Network app. After the series, Duke travels to Winston-Salem, NC for an ACC road series against Wake Forest (21-7, 6-6 ACC), just the second road series so far. this season.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Tuesday, 4 p.m. – App Varsity (radio) – Flow – Live statistics
Wednesday, 6 p.m. – Varsity App (radio) – Flow – Live statistics
Duke – Cooper Stinson (2-1, 7.45 mph)
Davidson – TBD
Duke – TBD
Longwood – to be confirmed
K’S FOR THE DAYS
Duke is one of two ACC teams to rank all three of its weekend starters in the conference’s top 15 in strikeouts per nine innings. Junior Marcus Johnson leads the way for Duke to be eighth in the ACC with 11.48 strikeouts per game, while junior Billy Seidl (10.27) and Luc Fox (10.05) are not far behind. The Blue Devils rank third in the ACC with 305 strikeouts as a team.
Junior Graham Pauley recorded home runs on Duke’s first home run in consecutive games, against Liberty on March 29 and against Miami on April 1. He became the first Blue Devil to hit a first homer since Joey Loperfido in the 2021 ACC Championship. Pauley leads the program with six home runs this season.
Second year Josh Allen has been stellar recently for the Blue Devils. Allen, a native of Oviedo, Fla., has gone six straight shutouts, allowing just four hits and three walks and striking out 14 in 8.1 innings of work. In ACC play, Allen gave up just one run in 7.1 innings of work out of the bullpen while stoking 11.
VETERINARY IN THE ENCLO
HR Graduate Student John Natoli has been strong out of the bullpen for the Blue Devils early in the season. Natoli holds a 1.69 ERA in seven appearances, including a five-game scoreless streak. Over the five-game streak, Natoli allowed just three hits and four walks while striking out nine in 7.2 innings of work.
K’S 4 CHILD CANCER
Duke has partnered with Duke Children’s Hospital for the fourth consecutive season as part of the K’s 4 Kids’ Cancer campaign. Donors can pledge to donate a sum of money for every strikeout the Blue Devils pitching staff will pitch in 2022. The partnership has contributed more than $30,000 in support of Duke Children’s Hospital. Over the past four seasons, Duke has totaled more than 1,900 strikeouts.
CRABTREE AND SCHRECK DINGERS
Graduate student Chris Crabtree and senior RJ Schreck have shown their power and are looking to continue it in the 2022 season. Schreck is tied for 14th in program history with 23 homers while Crabtree is tied for 18th with 20. Schreck leads the program with five this season.
THE WAIT IS OVER
When graduating student Trevor Johnson entered the game against VMI on February 19, he was a long time coming. Transferring from Dartmouth, Johnson missed the 2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and saw his 2020 season cut short. He made his first appearance in a college baseball game since Feb. 23, 2020, a full 727 days. Graduate student John Natoli was in a similar boat, seeing his first appearance on the mound against East Carolina since March 8, 2020 – 724 days.