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Duke baseball to host Miami for three-game ACC series

Posted Friday, March 17, 2006

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Durham, NC – The Duke baseball team will return to ACC play this weekend as they get set to host the Miami Hurricanes for a three-game series at Jack Coombs Field. Friday night’s game will be the first game of the year under the lights with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday night’s game is also slated for 7 p.m. while Sunday’s first pitch is set for 1 p.m. Duke enters the conference tilt 8-13 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Last Time Out

Senior Daniel Palmer drove in the game-winning run with his 11th-inning single to lead the Blue Devils to a 4-3 victory over the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Wednesday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field. Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the 11th, senior Adam Murray singled to left center to start the inning before advancing to second on a balk. Sophomore Jonathan Nicolla then laced an RBI-single down the right field line, scoring Murray to tie the game at 3-3. Nicolla would then steal second and advance to third on a throwing error by Quinnipiac’s catcher Kevin MacIlvane. After freshman Tim Sherlock struck out swinging, Palmer lined a 2-1 pitch over Tim Binkoski’s head in center field for the game-winning RBI.

Duke-Miami Probable Pitching Match-ups

Friday: Duke: RHP Danny Otero (4-0, 0.67 ERA) vs. Miami: RHP Carlos Gutierrez (5-1, 1.99 ERA)

Saturday: Duke: RHP Jimmy Saris (0-2, 6.75 ERA) vs. Miami: LHP Manny Miguelez (3-1, 2.09 ERA)

Sunday: Duke: TBA vs. Miami: LHP Scott Maine (3-0, 3.93 ERA)

Junior Danny Otero will make his fourth start of the season when he takes the mound on Friday night. In eight appearances this year, Otero has allowed two earned runs on 19 hits in 27.0 innings of work. He leads the Blue Devils with 23 strikeouts. Freshman Jimmy Saris will make his fifth start of the year on Saturday. In seven appearances, Saris has allowed 23 runs on 35 hits in 29.1 innings pitched. He ranks second on the team in innings pitched and strikeouts (20).

Sophomore Carlos Gutierrez will make his eighth start of the season on Friday night. In seven previous starts, Gutierrez has allowed 10 runs on 31 hits in 40.2 innings of work. He ranks second on the team in innings pitched and strikeouts (33). Sophomore Manny Miguelez will also make his eighth start of the year when he takes the mound on Saturday. In seven prior starts, Miguelez has allowed 13 runs on 32 hits in 47.1 innings. He leads the Hurricanes in innings pitched and strikeouts (35). Redshirt sophomore Scott Maine will start his fifth game on Sunday. In four previous starts, Maine has allowed 14 runs on 17 hits in 18.1 innings of work.

Scouting the Miami Hurricanes

Miami enters the weekend series 18-6 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. The Hurricanes, who bring a 12-game winning streak to Jack Coombs Field, swept Virginia Tech in their conference-opening series last weekend before defeating Fordham and Manhattan College earlier this week. Miami is led by Jim Morris, who is in his 13th year as the Hurricanes’ skipper.

Duke-Miami Series History

Miami holds an 8-2 overall record against Duke in series history. The Hurricanes swept the season series last year, winning 14-3, 12-1 and 6-1, respectively, in Coral Gables, Fla., March 11-13.

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