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Duke baseball opens ACC play with three-game series against Maryland

Posted Friday, March 3, 2006

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Durham, NC – The Duke baseball team will open the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference schedule today with a three-game series against Maryland at Jack Coombs Field. Today’s first pitch is set for 3 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday’s games will begin at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils enter the weekend series 4-8 overall.

Duke-Maryland Probable Pitching Match-ups
Friday: Duke: RHP Danny Otero (2-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Maryland: LHP Brett Tidball (1-2, 3.14 ERA)
Saturday: Duke: RHP Jimmy Saris (0-1, 6.61 ERA) vs. Maryland: RHP Ben Pfinsgraff (0-2, 6.11 ERA)
Sunday: Duke: TBA vs. Maryland: TBA

Junior Danny Otero earned his first win of the season in game one of a doubleheader against Seton Hall on Feb. 12, working 3.0 scoreless innings of relief. The right-hander picked up his second win of the year against Radford on Feb. 24, holding the Highlanders to four hits in 6.0 scoreless innings of work. He also tied his career high with six strikeouts in the win over Radford.

Freshman Jimmy Saris has made four appearances on the mound this year, including two starts. He allowed three runs on four hits while striking out three in 3.0 innings of relief in his first collegiate appearance against High Point on Feb. 8. Saris allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out a career-high four batters in 5.0 innings of work in his fist collegiate start in game two of a doubleheader against Seton Hall on Feb. 12. He then lasted 6.0 innings in his second career start, allowing four earned runs on six hits while matching his career high of four strikeouts against Elon on Feb. 22.

Left-hander Brett Tidball earned his first career victory at East Carolina on Feb. 11, holding the Pirates to three hits in 6.0 scoreless innings. Right-hander Ben Pfinsgraff has made three starts on the year for Maryland. Pfinsgraff took the losses in games against East Carolina on Feb. 10 and against Gardner-Webb on Feb. 17.

Scouting the Maryland Terrapins

Maryland enters the weekend series 4-6 overall after winning three straight games. The Terrapins took two-of-three games from Jacksonville last weekend before defeating George Washington, 5-4, on Wednesday. The Terps are led by Terry Rupp, who is in his sixth season as Maryland’s skipper.

Duke-Maryland Series History

The Duke-Maryland series is tied at 75-75-1. The Blue Devils took two-of-three games from the Terps last season at Jack Coombs Field, winning game one, 2-1, and game three, 6-1, respectively.

A Look At Next Week

The Blue Devils will host La Salle for a two-game set on Tuesday and Wednesday at Jack Coombs Field. Duke will then host Winthrop on Friday and Saturday before traveling to Rock Hill on Sunday to complete the three-game series.

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