DURHAM, N.C. - With the start of the ACC schedule just around the corner, the Duke baseball team welcomes Penn to Jack Coombs Field for a pair of midweek games. The Blue Devils and the Quakers are scheduled to meet Tuesday at 3 p.m., before reuniting for a 3 p.m., game Wednesday.
Chris Edwards will call the action for the Blue Devil Network audio broadcast for both games. The Blue Devil Network will also carry a live video stream while live stats will be available through GoDuke.com. In addition, fans can follow updates of each game via @Duke_BASE, the official Twitter account of Duke baseball.
The Blue Devils are 5-5 on the year following a three-game series with Towson this past weekend. The Tigers won the first two games of set by scores of 9-3 and 6-5 before Duke rebounded for an 8-6 victory Sunday.
Junior catcher Mike Rosenfeld had an outstanding weekend at the plate, going 8-for-11 against the Tigers. Rosenfeld currently ranks sixth in the ACC with a .457 average through 10 games.
Duke scored two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to rally for the 8-6 win over Towson in Sunday's series finale. Rosenfeld (3-for-3, 3 RBI) was one of four Blue Devils to register multiple hits in the game as Duke totaled a season-high 13 hits on the day. Senior Jeff Kremer reached base five times, going 2-for-2 with three walks, while redshirt sophomore Chris Marconcini was 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the second.
After missing last season due to injury, Marconcini has returned with four home runs in 10 games to start the 2013 campaign. His four homers match his total from 2011 as the Brentwood, Tenn., native is one of just three ACC players with four or more home runs to start the season.
Towson scored two runs in the top of the eighth to erase a one-run deficit, then hung on for the 6-5 win over the Blue Devils Saturday. Duke led 5-2 after four innings but could not push a run across the rest of the way as Towson plated a pair in the both the fifth and the eighth for the comeback victory.
A four-run sixth gave Towson a lead it would not relinquish in Friday's series opener as the Tigers defeated Duke 9-3.
Penn enters Tuesday with a 1-3 overall record. The Quakers opened their season this past weekend with a four-game series at William and Mary.
The Duke/Penn series dates back to 1929, however, the two teams have not met since the 1953 campaign. The Blue Devils hold a 10-5-1 lead in the all-time series against the Quakers.
Duke opens ACC play this coming weekend as the Blue Devils travel to Coral Gables, Fla., to take on Miami. First pitch of game one is scheduled for Friday, Mar. 8 at 7 p.m.
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