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Duke announces 2009 baseball schedule

Posted Tuesday, November 25, 2008

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Durham, NC - Thirty-five home games, including home ACC series against NC State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Boston College, highlight the Duke baseball team’s 2009 schedule, released Friday by head coach Sean McNally.


Fresh off one of the most successful seasons in school history, the Blue Devils (37-18-1, 10-18-1 ACC in 2008) have set up a challenging slate for 2009 that includes six teams that played in NCAA Regionals, three more which advanced to NCAA Super Regionals and two – North Carolina and Miami – that made it to the College World Series.

Along with the Tar Heels and ACC Champion Hurricanes, Duke will take on NCAA Regional qualifiers NC State, Virginia and Georgia Tech in addition to a home-and-away series with defending Southern Conference champion Elon. Each of those teams won at least 39 games in 2008 and were ranked in a national top-25 poll at some point in the season.

The Blue Devils will also take on 30-game winners UNC Greensboro and Liberty in non-conference action along with a three-game series against Ivy League runner-up Dartmouth.

Duke will play a total of 10 three-game ACC series against every team in the conference except for Florida State. The Blue Devils will take on Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, Maryland and Boston College in addition to the five other NCAA Regional qualifiers from the ACC. The 2009 slate also includes four doubleheaders, including one against La Salle, Dartmouth, NC Central and at Presbyterian, and the ACC Tournament on May 20-24 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The first pitch is slated for 3 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the open of a four-game home series against La Salle, which will kick off a run of 11 straight home games to open the season for the Blue Devils. Duke will then host Dartmouth for a three-game set the following weekend on Feb. 28-March 1 before welcoming UNC Greensboro to Jack Coombs Field for a mid-week matchup on March 4.

The Blue Devils will then open the ACC season with a three-game series against Virginia Tech at home on March 4-6. Duke will then hit the road for the first time and head to Lynchburg, Va., to face Liberty on March 10 in the first of a two-game home-and-away series before returning to Jack Coombs Field the next night for a 3 p.m. showdown against Quinnipiac.

Duke will then head south to face defending ACC Champion Miami in the team’s first road ACC series of the year. The Blue Devils will then return home briefly for a two-game series against Maryland-Eastern Shore on March 17-18 before heading down Highway 15-501 to face in-state rival North Carolina on March 20-22.

Five straight home games then await Duke after the consecutive road weekends, beginning with a two-game set against Alabama A&M on March 24-25. The series with the Bulldogs will precede another conference showdown against an in-state rival when Wake Forest comes to town the following weekend for a three-game series on March 27-29.

The Blue Devils will round out March against neighboring NC Central on March 31 in a continuation of a series that began last season in the Eagles’ first year in Division I. The game will take place at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home to the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Duke will return home the following night to take on defending SoCon champion Elon, which went 44-18 in 2008 on the way to an automatic berth to the Cary, N.C., NCAA Regional. A trip down to Clemson, S.C., to face the Clemson Tigers follows those mid-week bouts on April 3-5.

Duke and NC Central will then wrap up their series with a double-header at Jack Coombs Field on April 7 before Duke hits the road once again for a trip to UNC Greensboro on April 8. NC State will be waiting for Duke the following weekend, April 10-12, for a three-game conference series.

SoCon members Davidson and Wofford are next up for the Blue Devils, as they travel to Durham on April 14-15 for two mid-week bouts, both at 7 p.m. Duke will then head to College Park, Md., for the first time since 2006 to face Maryland on April 17-19.

Duke stays on the road the next week and heads to Elon on April 22 before returning to Jack Coombs Field for a three-game showdown against Boston College on April 24-26. A rare mid-week overnight road trip then follows, as Duke plays at Davidson on May 5 and follows with a noon doubleheader against Presbyterian the next night on May 6.

The Blue Devils will stay on the road the next weekend and head to Charlottesville, Va., for a three-game set against Virginia on May 8-10. Duke took two of three at home against the Cavaliers last season when they were ranked 16th in the nation.

The trip to Charlottesville will be the last road series of the regular season for Duke, as they return to Durham to wrap up the series against Liberty with a single meeting on May 12. Duke will complete its 2009 regular season on May 14-16 at home against Georgia Tech before participating in the ACC Tournament on May 20-24 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

2009 Duke Baseball Schedule


Date Day Opponent Location Time

February 20 Friday La Salle Durham, N.C. 3 p.m.

February 21 Saturday La Salle (DH) Durham, N.C. 12 p.m.

February 22 Sunday La Salle Durham, N.C. 12 p.m.

February 28 Saturday Dartmouth (DH) Durham, N.C. 12 p.m.

March 1 Sunday Dartmouth Durham, N.C. 12 p.m.

March 4 Wednesday UNC Greensboro Durham, N.C. 3 p.m.

March 6 Friday *Virginia Tech Durham, N.C. 3 p.m.

March 7 Saturday *Virginia Tech Durham, N.C. 2 p.m.

March 8 Sunday *Virginia Tech Durham, N.C. 1 p.m.

March 10 Tuesday at Liberty Lynchburg, Va. 3 p.m.

March 11 Wednesday Quinnipiac Durham, N.C. 3 p.m.

March 13 Friday *at Miami Miami, Fla. 7 p.m.

March 14 Saturday *at Miami Miami, Fla. 7 p.m.

March 15 Sunday *at Miami Miami, Fla. 1 p.m.

March 17 Tuesday Maryland-Eastern Shore Durham, N.C. 3 p.m.

March 18 Wednesday Maryland-Eastern Shore Durham, N.C. 3 p.m.

March 20 Friday *at UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. 7 p.m.

March 21 Saturday *at UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. 6 p.m.

March 22 Sunday *at UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. 2 p.m.

March 24 Tuesday Alabama A&M Durham, N.C. 3 p.m.

March 25 Wednesday Alabama A&M Durham, N.C. 3 p.m.

March 27 Friday *Wake Forest Durham, N.C. 7 p.m.

March 28 Saturday *Wake Forest Durham, N.C. 1 p.m.

March 29 Sunday *Wake Forest Durham, N.C. 1 p.m.

March 31 Tuesday at N.C. Central &Durham, N.C. 7 p.m.

April 1 Wednesday Elon Durham, N.C. 7 p.m.

April 3 Friday *at Clemson Clemson, S.C. 7:15 p.m.

April 4 Saturday *at Clemson Clemson, S.C. 7 p.m.

April 5 Sunday *at Clemson Clemson, S.C. 1 p.m.

April 7 Tuesday N.C. Central (DH) Durham, N.C. 7 p.m.

April 8 Wednesday at UNC Greensboro Greensboro, N.C. 7 p.m.

April 10 Friday *NC State Durham, N.C. 7 p.m.

April 11 Saturday *NC State Durham, N.C. 2 p.m.

April 12 Sunday *NC State Durham, N.C. 1 p.m.

April 14 Tuesday Davidson Durham, N.C. 7 p.m.

April 15 Wednesday Wofford Durham, N.C. 7 p.m.

April 17 Friday *at Maryland College Park, Md. 7 p.m.

April 18 Saturday *at Maryland College Park, Md. 4 p.m.

April 19 Sunday *at Maryland College Park, Md. 1 p.m.

April 22 Wednesday at Elon Elon, N.C. 7 p.m.

April 24 Friday *Boston College Durham, N.C. 7 p.m.

April 25 Saturday *Boston College Durham, N.C. 2 p.m.

April 26 Sunday *Boston College Durham, N.C. 1 p.m.

May 5 Tuesday at Davidson Davidson, N.C. 6 p.m.

May 6 Wednesday at Presbyterian (DH) Clinton, S.C. 2 p.m.

May 8 Friday *at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 7 p.m.

May 9 Saturday *at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 7 p.m.

May 10 Sunday *at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 1 p.m.

May 12 Tuesday Liberty Durham, N.C. 2 p.m.

May 14 Thursday *Georgia Tech Durham, N.C. 7 p.m.

May 15 Friday *Georgia Tech Durham, N.C. 2 p.m.

May 16 Saturday *Georgia Tech Durham, N.C. 1 p.m.

May 20-24 Wed.-Sun. ACC Tournament &Durham, N.C. TBA

 

Home games in bold and at Jack Coombs Field

* – Denotes ACC game

& – Denotes game(s) will be played at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park

All times Eastern and subject to change

 
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