DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke baseball team is set to host Boston College in a three-game series this weekend at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Game times are 6 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Follow the Action The Blue Devil Network will stream live video all three games and Chris Edwards will call the action for the audio broadcast. Live stats are also available through GoDuke.com while fans cans also follow updates of each game via @Duke_BASE, the official Twitter account of Duke baseball.
Leading Off • Duke posted a 2-3 record over the past week, dropping two games to ACC foe Clemson before falling to Campbell Tuesday. The Blue Devils rebounded with a 13-1 victory over the Tigers in game two of a Saturday doubleheader and a 15-1 win at North Carolina A&T Wednesday. • Boston College (3-19, 0-8 ACC) is in the midst of a 12-game losing streak. The Eagles, who have yet to play a home contest, fell to North Carolina in two games this past weekend by scores of 11-0 and 5-2. Boston College lost two non-conference games this week -- 4-2 against Northeastern and 13-2 versus Bryant.
Boston College Series History • Friday’s game marks the 24th meeting between Duke and Boston College. The Eagles lead the all-time series 15-8. • In 2012, Duke took 2-of-3 from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Blue Devils won the series opener 7-4 before registering the 4-1 win in game two. Boston College closed out the series with a 14-2 decision. • Duke is 6-6 against Boston College over the past four seasons. • The Blue Devils are 4-8 when facing the Eagles in Durham, N.C.
Duke in the ACC • The Blue Devils enter the Boston College series with a 3-6 mark in ACC play this season. • Duke opened the conference slate with two wins over then-No. 24 Miami before falling in the next six conference contests. The Blue Devils ended the skid with a 13-1 win over Clemson in game two of a doubleheader this past Saturday. • The Blue Devils’ series win over the ranked Hurricanes marked the team’s first series victory over a ranked opponent since Duke took two-of-three from then-No. 11 Clemson in 2010. • Duke finished in sixth in the Coastal Division a season ago with a 9-21 record in conference games. • The Blue Devils are 339-691-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference games all-time. • Duke holds a 648-1000-6 record against teams currently in the ACC: Boston College (8-15), Clemson (66-126), Florida State (18-71), Georgia Tech (30-83), Maryland (84-81), Miami (7-26), North Carolina (93-179-3), NC State (124-148), Virginia (54-95-1), Virginia Tech (27-24), Wake Forest (135-152-2).
Setting up the Rotation • Duke will use the starting rotation of Trent Swart, Drew Van Orden and Robert Huber for the sixth consecutive weekend. • Swart has been very consistent in his first five outings of the season. The Carlsbad, Calif., native is 2-1 with a 1.98 ERA and 34 strikeouts. • Swart has pitched at least five innings in each of his five starts this season and tied a career high with 10 strikeouts against Bucknell Feb. 22. • Swart’s 1.98 ERA is tops on the Blue Devil staff and ranks 12th in the ACC. He is also tied for ninth in the league, averaging 8.42 strikeouts per game. • The Duke left-hander owns a 6-9 career record in 19 starts with the Blue Devils. Swart has a career 3.52 ERA with 110 strikeouts. • Van Orden is 1-3 on the season with a 4.55 ERA in seven starts. He has struck out 32 batters while issuing 14 walks. • The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native struck out a career-high 13 in Duke’s 2-0 win over Bucknell Feb. 23. • Van Orden has appeared in 52 games with 11 starts during his Duke career. He owns a 6.13 ERA with 83 career strikeouts. • Huber sports a 3.99 ERA on the year after allowing just one run in six innings at Clemson in his last outing. • He is 3-2 on the season with 31 strikeouts. • Huber pitched two scoreless innings in relief against Miami Mar. 8, striking out five of the six batters he faced to help Duke to a 4-2 win. • The Plano, Texas, native has appeared in 38 games, starting 25, in his Blue Devil career. He has a 4.69 career ERA and is the team’s active career leader with 113 strikeouts.
Istler Tied for ACC Lead in Saves • Sophomore RHP/OF Andrew Istler has served as Duke’s closer in 2013 and is currently tied for first in the ACC with five saves. • In 12 appearances this season, Istler is 1-2 with a 2.04 ERA. He has allowed four runs on just nine hits in 17.2 innings of work, striking out 14 batters. • The Wellington, Fla., native has also started 12 games in left field and is 7-for-46 (.152) at the plate with a home run and four RBI. • In two seasons with the Blue Devils, Istler has appeared in 35 games and owns a 5-6 record. Over 69.2 innings pitched. he has allowed 27 runs, 25 earned, on 63 hits, good for a 3.23 ERA. • Istler was named the top prospect out of the Coastal Plain League this past summer according to Baseball America. Istler went 3-0 with the Wilson Tobs, posting a 0.68 ERA in six starts. He recorded a 39:12 strikeout-to-walk ratio and allowed just 19 hits in 46 innings.
Marconcini Returns in 2013 • After missing last season due to injury, redshirt sophomore Chris Marconcini has returned to start all 26 games this season. • Marconcini currently leads the Blue Devils in slugging percentage (.533), runs scored (23), home runs (5), and walks (17). With seven stolen bases to his credit, he trails only sophomore Andy Perez (10) for the team lead. • Marconcini is one of six ACC players with five or more home runs in 2013. • The Brentwood, Tenn., native is also one of just two ACC players, along with NC State’s Trea Turner, to total five home runs as well as five or more stolen bases this season. • His five home runs in 2013 surpasses his total from the 2011 campaign (4), a season in which he garnered Freshman All-America honors. Marconcini was Duke’s top hitter as a rookie in 2011, leading the team in doubles (15), triples (6), home runs (4), RBI (39), total bases (99) and slugging percentage (.481) while splitting time between first base and right field.
Perez Leading the Way • After moving to the leadoff spot Feb. 27 against Campbell, sophomore second baseman Andy Perez has established himself amont the ACC’s best. • In 18 games as Duke’s leadoff hitter, Perez is batting .373 (28-for-75) with 15 runs scored and 10 RBI. The Roswell, Ga., native has also totaled six doubles, two home runs and a triple in that span. • He has registered as least one hit in 15 of the past 18 games he’s played, including multiple hits in 10. • Perez currently leads the Blue Devils in hits (31) and stolen bases (10). He ranks 20th in the league in batting average (.341) and tied for fourth with a career-high 10 stolen bases this season. • Perez has been especially effective in ACC games, hitting a league-best .487 in conference contests. In ACC games, he also leads all players in hits (19) and triples (2) and is tied for first in doubles (5). Perez ranks second in total bases (31), fifth in slugging percentage (.795) and sixth in on-base percentage (.512).
Betts & Kremer Provide Upperclassmen Leadership • Junior Jordan Betts and senior Jeff Kremer are two of three Duke players, along with Chris Marconcini, to start all 26 games this season. • Kremer has started every game in right field this season after starting just one contest in the outfield during his previous three campaigns with the Blue Devils. • Betts has started all 137 games in his Duke career with 135 starts at third and two at shortstop. • Both Blue Devils bring team-best eight-game hitting streaks in the series against Boston College. • Kremer owns a .314 average in that span, scoring seven runs while driving in three, while Betts is hitting .387 with five doubles, a home run and 11 RBI. • Betts is Duke’s active career leader in at bats (526), doubles (41), home runs (9) and RBI (74). Kremer is the team’s active leader in batting average (.311, minimum of 100 at bats), runs scored (80), hits (151), walks (78) and hit by pitch (20).
Rosenfeld to Miss Remainder of Season • Junior catcher Mike Rosenfeld underwent surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his right index finger. The injury will sideline the Duke co-captain for the remainder of the season. • In 17 games this season, he hit .344 (21-for-61) with seven doubles, eight RBI and seven runs scored. Rosenfeld posted five multi-hit games, including three, three-hit performances this year. • A career .304 hitter, the Mamaroneck, N.Y., native also led the team with a .423 on-base percentage and ranked third on the Blue Devil roster with a .492 slugging percentage. • Behind the plate, Rosenfeld boasted a .991 fielding percentage, committing just one error on the year.
Newcomers in the Lineup • Duke added six newcomers to the program for the 2013 season, five from the high school ranks and one transfer. • All five freshmen on Duke's roster have seen playing time in 2013. • Left-hander Nick Hendrix has contributed valuable innings out of the Duke bullpen and is currently tied for third in the league with 13 appearances. He earned his first career save Mar. 3, throwing two scoreless innings against Towson. Hendrix struck out a career-best four batters at Miami Mar. 9. For the season, he owns a 4.91 ERA with 18 strikeouts. • Shortstop Kenny Koplove moved into the starting lineup against Campbell Feb. 27. In 17 games, Koplove is hitting .320 with nine runs scored and seven RBI. Against Miami, he went 5-for-9 with a double and three runs scored. • Righty James Marvel has started six games on the mound in 2013, earning wins in each of his past three starts. The right-hander is 3-2 with 13 strikeouts over 32.0 innings and currently sports a 3.94 ERA. • Right-hander Michael Matuella earned his first career start against Penn and led the Blue Devils to a 8-1 victory. He tossed 5.0 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits. For the season, Matuella has made 10 appearances and is 2-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 14 strikeouts. • First baseman Jalen Phillips has appeared in five games so far this season.
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