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Duke Baseball Summer League Recap
Saturday 08/17/2010  -  Duke Sports Information
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Duke baseball was well-represented during the 2010 summer league season, as a number of Blue Devils earned all-league and all-star honors in their respective summer baseball leagues.

Highlighted by a flawless season from 2010 Cape Cod League All-Star closer Marcus Stroman, all four Blue Devils in the CCBL emerged as key pieces of their respective teams. Junior Will Piwnica-Worms was an everyday outfielder for the Orleans Firebirds while junior southpaw Eric Pfisterer turned in another sound season as a member of the Wareham Gatemen pitching staff. Sophomore right-hander Devin Burke also came on strong over the final month of the summer for Wareham, boasting a 2.25 ERA over his final 16 innings.

Sophomore lefty Matt Morris earned both all-star and all-league honors in the California Collegiate League, while junior right-hander Ben Grisz also got an all-star nod in the Coastal Plain League.

All of those Blue Devils return to Duke for the 2011 season as part of a group that includes 16 returning letterwinners and 14 freshmen.

Devin Burke - RHP - Sophomore
Cape Cod League (Wareham Gatemen)
Devin Burke's Summer Stats

  • In his first stint in the Cape Cod League, Burke was one of Wareham's key arms, throwing 31 innings as a reliever and starter.
  • Burke logged a 4.76 ERA over 13 appearances - including three starts - while striking out 29 batters in 34 innings. The 6-1 right-hander issued only seven walks all season to rank third on the team in both walks per nine innings (1.85 BB/9) and strikeouts per nine innings (7.68 K/9).
  • Burke found a groove late in the summer, giving up just four runs over his final 16 innings. In two CCBL playoff games, Burke contributed three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Ben Grisz - RHP - Junior
Coastal Plain League (Thomasville HiToms)
Ben Grisz' Summer Stats

  • Grisz was a workhorse for Thomasville, throwing 54.1 innings as the top arm in the HiToms rotation. The 6-2 junior right-hander struck out 56 batters on the summer while holding the opposition to a .244 batting average.
  • A Coastal Plain All-Star, Grisz was one of the most dominant pitchers in the Coastal Plain League for the majority of the summer, holding a 2.30 ERA heading into his final two starts. But Grisz, who had allowed just 12 earned runs over his first 48.1 innings, surrendered a combined 13 runs over his next two turns to bump his final ERA to 4.14.

Matt Morris - LHP - Sophomore
California Collegiate Baseball League (Santa Maria Packers)
Matt Morris' Summer Stats

  • Morris was one of the top left-handed pitchers in the California Collegiate Baseball League in 2010, posting a team-low 2.10 ERA through 51.1 innings on the way to CCBL All-Star and All-League honors.
  • Morris ranked fifth in the league in ERA, fourth in innings pitched, ninth in opponent batting average (.236) and tied for ninth in fewest walks allowed (13).
  • In his final start, Morris fired an eight-inning complete game with just two earned runs allowed against the eventual league champion Santa Barbara Foresters, but suffered the loss as the Foresters scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to win 3-1.
  • Despite the rocky end to his summer, however, Grisz still averaged over nine strikeouts per game and built a summer resume that included a complete game two-hitter in a 1-0 victory against Forest City.
  • Grisz also tagged 22 hits, including two homers, five doubles and a triple.

Brian Litwin - OF - Junior
Coastal Plain League (Morehead City Marlins)
Brian Litwin's Summer Stats

  • Litwin appeared in 39 games for the Marlins, tagging 24 hits on the way to a .211 batting average.
  • Six of Litwin's hits went for extra bases, including four doubles, a triple and a homer. He scored 11 runs while driving in 13 runners.

Joe Pedevillano - OF - Junior
Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (Southampton Breakers)
Joe Pedevillano's Summer Stats

  • Pedevillano was one of the top bats in Southampton's lineup, leading the team in hits (37), runs scored (18) and stolen bases (10). Hitting leadoff or second in every game, Pedevillano knocked six doubles and drew 18 walks.
  • One of Duke's top defensive outfielders, Pedevillano led Southampton with five outfield assists and made just one error all summer.
  • Pedevillano also made one appearance on the mound, earning a win while striking out the side in his only outing.

Eric Pfisterer - LHP - Junior
Cape Cod League (Wareham Gatemen)
Eric Pfisterer's Summer Stats

  • With a 3-2 record and a 3.06 ERA during the regular season, Pfisterer helped Wareham form one of the Cape Cod League's best starting rotations in 2010.
  • Pfisterer, who was a Cape Cod League All-Star during his first stint in the league in 2009, made a team-high 10 starts for the Gatemen. Over 60 innings, he struck out 49 batters and held opponents to a .232 batting average.
  • Pfisterer went at least 5.0 innings in nine of his 10 starts and ended the summer on a strong note, holding a 1.80 ERA over his final five starts.

Will Piwnica-Worms - OF - Junior
Cape Cod League (Orleans Firebirds)
Will Piwnica-Worms' Summer Stats

  • In his first summer in the Cape Cod League, Will Piwnica-Worms emerged as one of Orleans' starting outfielders, appearing in 37 games.
  • Piwnica-Worms finished with 24 hits, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored. He also went 8-for-9 stealing and ranked fourth on the team with a .296 on base percentage.
  • Piwnica-Worms also posted an eight-game hitting streak in his first month on the Cape in a span in which he hit .393 with five RBI and just three strikeouts.

Marcus Stroman - RHP - Sophomore
Cape Cod League (Orleans Firebirds)
Marcus Stroman's Summer Stats

  • Also a CCBL All-Star, Stroman emerged as the most dominant closer in the Cape Cod League this season, going 11-for-11 in save opportunities without allowing a run all summer.
  • Stroman, whose 0.00 ERA was the best among all CCBL relievers, threw 27.0 scoreless innings as the Orleans Firebirds' end-game reliever including two shutout frames in the CCBL playoffs.
  • The 5-9, 180-pound right-hander surrendered just 12 hits all season while racking up 35 strikeouts and just three walks.
  • Stroman also finished 2-0, getting one win in his only start of the summer and the other in Orleans' 5-4 playoff win against Brewster on August 8.

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