Nick Piscotty struck out a career-high seven batters and held Davidson to one hit in five shutout innings but the Wildcats scored twice in the seventh to defeat the Blue Devils 2-1 on Tuesday night at Wilson Field.DAVIDSON, N.C. – Duke freshman
Piscotty had his best outing of the season on Tuesday and held a 1-0 lead after pitching a season-high five innings. Piscotty had 1-2-3 innings in the first, third and fifth frames. He struck out four of the first five batters that he faced and had a pair of strikeouts in the first, second and fourth innings.
With runners on first and third and two outs on the board in the top of the fourth, Duke pulled off a double steal of second and home, with center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms scoring the game’s first run to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead.
Davidson (9-13) took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh. Shortstop James Cerbie led off the inning with a triple to right and later scored on an RBI-single by second baseman David Daniels. The Wildcats would later load the bases and score the eventual game-winning run on a wild pitch with two outs.
Davidson’s pitching staff combined to hold Duke to just four hits in the game. Starter Clark Beeker held the Blue Devils hitless in three scoreless frames. Brian Russell (2-3) earned the win after the Wildcats scored their runs in the seventh. Matt Saeta picked up his second save of the season after holding the Blue Devils scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings.
Left fielder Andrew Istler, right fielder Grant McCabe, second baseman Mark Lumpa and pinch hitter Matt Berezo had the only hits of the night for Duke (11-15).
Drew Van Orden (0-3) took the loss after allowing a pair of Wildcats to reach base in the seventh. David Putman was unable to keep Davidson from scoring when he came on in relief of Van Orden in the seventh, eventually giving up the hit to Daniels and throwing a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Istler worked a scoreless ninth for the Blue Devils.
Duke continues its eight-game road swing this weekend as the Blue Devils head to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech in a three-game series.