Duke hosts NC State for final home series

DURHAM- The Duke baseball team hosts NC State this weekend for its final ACC home series of the season. The series will take place Friday through Sunday at Jack Coombs Field.

BEGINNING

Duke returns home for its final ACC home series of the season as it hosts NC State this weekend at Jack Coombs Field. The first pitching times are set at noon on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Blue Devils enter the series with an all-time record of 127-161-1 against the Wolfpack, including a 59-64 mark at home. The head coach Chris Pollard, in his 10th season at Duke, holds a 5-8 record against NC State at Duke. Friday’s game will air on ACC Network Extra while Saturday and Sunday’s competitions will air on RSN. Additionally, Chris Edwards will be streaming on the Varsity Network app. After the series, Duke hosts Davidson on Tuesday for its final home game of the season.

TIME CHANGE

Friday’s game, originally scheduled for 6 p.m., was moved to a 12 p.m. first pitch due to the possibility of inclement weather.

Fans with tickets for Friday’s game who can no longer attend the game can exchange their tickets for Saturday’s or Sunday’s game this weekend by emailing the Duke Athletics box office at [email protected] edu or by calling (919) 681-BLUE.



HOW TO FOLLOW
Friday, 12 p.m. – University app (radio)Flow – Live Stats – Tickets
Saturday, 1 p.m. – University app (radio)Flow – Live Stats – Tickets
Sunday, 1 p.m. – University app (radio)Flow – Live Stats – Tickets



GAME DAY INFORMATION:
Tickets will be available online and at the box office across from Jack Coombs Field. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early and allow plenty of time to get to the venue, as Duke hosts the ACC Track & Field Championships on campus Thursday through Saturday.



PARKING INFORMATION:
General public parking is available all three days at the Science Drive Garage, located at NC 751/Cameron Blvd. There is no tailgating allowed in the garage. General public parking is available at the Jogging Trail Lot (Cameron Blvd.) on all three days, at the Chemistry Lot (Circuit Dr.) on Saturdays and at the Grounds Lot (Cameron Blvd.) on Sundays. Publicly accessible parking is available in the Whitford lot near Whitford Dr. for all three days. For a full map of available car parks, please click HERE.



SENIOR DAY:
Sunday’s game against NC State will serve as the annual senior day to honor Duke’s graduating student-athletes this spring. Sixteen Blue Devils will be honored and will receive framed jerseys to commemorate their time at Duke. The ceremony begins at 12:35 p.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early at Jack Coombs Field for the ceremony.



LAUNCH MATCH

Friday:
Duke – RHP Marcus Johnson (1-6, 4.58MPM)
NC State – RHP Logan Whitaker (1-2, 3.44 ERA)



Saturday:
Duke – LHP Jonathan Santucci (2-2, 4.59 mph)
NC State – RHP Matt Willadsen (3-3, 4.34 ERA)



Sunday:
Duke – TBD
NC State – TBA

MOONEY COMING SOON
First-year student Alex Mooney got a lot of buzz around him at the start of the 2022 season and comes into its own on the pitch. In the first 31 games of the season, Mooney was batting .226 with a .321 average on base. Over the last 16 games, Mooney has cemented his leadoff role and reduced .400/.524/.492 with four stolen bases. Mooney was excellent at reaching base, hitting 14 walks and three pitching touchdowns for just 10 strikeouts. Recently, he went 5-for-8 with two walks in a doubleheader in Pittsburgh, seeing 51 pitches on the day.



VOTE FOR RJ
Senior RJ Schreck was named one of 10 finalists nationally for the 2022 Senior CLASS award. The award recognizes a senior who has achieved outstanding achievement in four areas: community, class, character and competition. The finalists were chosen by a committee, and the winner will be determined by a vote of fans, media and head coaches.



A CALL OF THUNDER FROM THE STORM
Second year Luke Storm showed tremendous development progress during the year. The switch hitter had a great weekend at the plate in Pittsburgh, going 6 for 11 with a double, a home run and four RBIs. He went 4 for 6 with runners on base. Storm is one of two Blue Devils to hold a .300+ batting average in ACC play this season (.303), joining the senior RJ Schreck (.344).



HOT OFFENSE IN ATLANTA
Duke topped Georgia Tech’s third national offense, totaling 34 points in the series win at Atlanta. Duke’s 34 runs and 10 home runs were the most in an ACC streak under the head coach Chris Pollard. His 43 hits were the most in a conference series since against Virginia in 2017. Duke hit .368 with an OPS of 1.181 in the series. Senior RJ Schreck and junior Graham Pauley led the way, combining to go 13 for 26 with two doubles, four home runs, 16 RBIs and five walks for just three strikeouts.



TOP 10 SCAN
Duke swept 10th-ranked Notre Dame in a three-game series from April 14-16. The sweep was Duke’s first three-game sweep of a top-10 opponent since at least 2000. The Blue Devils outscored No. 10 Florida State in the first two games of a series in 2018, but both teams n couldn’t play the third game. from the Serie.



VETERAN WEAPONS
HPR Cooper Stinson and left-handed matt dockman will leave Duke with their names in the Duke record books as two of the most experienced pitchers in program history. Stinson has 45 career starts, the sixth most in program history. Dockman, a career reliever, made 88 appearances out of the Duke bullpen to rank fifth all-time at Duke.



THE SOFTNESS OF HOME
Duke moved its field to Jack Coombs Field on campus for the remainder of the season, welcoming fans to the stadium for the first time since May 2019. With Duke’s win over Notre Dame, the Blue Devils are 10- 4 in ACC. series at Coombs under Coach Pollard. Pollard is 28-15 (.651) in ACC games at Coombs.

K’S 4 CHILD CANCER
Duke has partnered with Duke Children’s Hospital for the fourth consecutive season as part of the K’s 4 Kids’ Cancer campaign. Donors can pledge to donate a sum of money for every strikeout the Blue Devils pitching staff will pitch in 2022. The partnership has contributed more than $30,000 in support of Duke Children’s Hospital. Over the past four seasons, Duke has totaled more than 1,900 strikeouts.



CRABTREE AND SCHRECK DINGERS
Graduate student Chris Crabtree and senior RJ Schreck have shown their power and are looking to continue it in the 2022 season. Schreck ranks 11th in program history with 26 homers while Crabtree is tied for 17th with 21.



MESSAGE FROM DUKE X MORGAN
Duke Baseball and the nonprofit organization Morgan’s Message teamed up during Saturday’s home game against North Carolina to educate the student-athlete community about behavioral health. The Blue Devils will wear stickers on their batting helmets with the Morgan’s Message logo in addition to wearing wristbands with the organization’s mantra – “take a sanity hit.”

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