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Duke baseball to play at Elon on Wednesday

Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2006

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DURHAM, NC – The Duke baseball team will hit the road for the first time this season on Wednesday to take on Elon University at 3 p.m. at Latham Park. The Blue Devils, who went 2-2 during opening week, are coming off a 2-1 series win over Seton Hall.

Last Time Out

After recording their first win of the season with a 13-7 victory over Seton Hall last Friday, the Blue Devils split Sunday’s doubleheader with the Pirates to close out their three-game series. Duke won game one of the doubleheader, 3-2, while Seton Hall won game two, 7-5.

Junior Danny Otero (1-0) picked up the win for Duke in game one, holding the Pirates to two hits and no runs in 3.0 innings of work. Freshman Andrew Wolcott added 3.2 scoreless innings for the Blue Devils in his first collegiate appearance. The two Duke relievers recorded three strikeouts apiece in the win. Seton Hall starter Dan McDonald (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing three runs on six hits in 6.0 innings pitched.

In game two, Seton Hall reliever Chris Basso (1-0) picked up the win for the Pirates, holding the Blue Devils to five hits and no runs in 3.1 innings of relief. Corey Young earned his first career save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Duke reliever Tony Bajoczky (0-2) suffered his second loss of the season, allowing three runs on seven hits in 3.0 innings of work. Blue Devils starter Jimmy Saris lasted 5.0 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out four.

Duke-Elon Probable Pitching Match-up

Duke: LHP Jimmy Gallagher (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Elon: RHP Ryan Basham (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Gallagher earned the win in Duke’s 13-7 victory over Seton Hall last Friday, holding the Pirates to three hits in 5.0 scoreless innings. He also struck out a career-high six batters for his first career victory.

Basham earned the save in Elon’s 2-1 win over No. 14 South Carolina on Saturday, working 1.1 scoreless innings.

Scouting the Elon Phoenix

Elon enters Wednesday’s game 1-2 after a three-game series with 14th-ranked South Carolina. After falling in game one of the series, 5-4, the Phoenix bounced back to defeat the Gamecocks, 2-1, on Saturday. Elon then dropped the final game of the series on Sunday, falling 8-3.

The Phoenix are led by Mike Kennedy, who is in his 10th season as Elon’s skipper.

Duke-Elon Series History

Duke holds a 30-17 overall record against Elon in series history. Elon defeated Duke in both games in 2005. After darkness suspended their first game on Feb. 23, the Phoenix defeated the Blue Devils, 9-8, in 11 innings on March 2. Elon then went on to defeat Duke, 4-0, in the regularly scheduled game on March 2.

2006 Duke-Elon Series

Duke and Elon will play a home-and-home series in 2006. After Wednesday’s game, the Blue Devils will host the Phoenix next Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. at Jack Coombs Field.

A Look At Next Week

The Blue Devils will travel to East Carolina to take on the Pirates on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Duke will then host Elon on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Jack Coombs Field before hosting Radford University for a three-game series over the weekend.

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