A newcomer to the Blue Devil roster, Kono joins Duke after graduating from the College of the Holy Cross in May. This past season, Kono appeared in 10 games with eight starts for the Crusaders. The left-hander went 4-1 with a 5.73 ERA, striking out 21 batters over 37.2 innings of work.
Game 5 of the Blue vs. Black Fall World Series is set for a 3 p.m. start Friday, Nov. 1 from Jack Coombs Field. Duke opens its spring schedule Feb. 14-16 with a three-game home series against Binghamton.