Dukes Sweep Saturday Double-header from Charlotte
April 4, 2009
Duquesne's baseball team swept a Saturday afternoon home double-header from defending Atlantic 10 champion Charlotte, winning game one, 15-9 and game two, 16-10.
The Dukes set the tone for the day early, getting hits on the first three pitches of their first at bat and eventually scoring four runs in the inning for a 4-0 lead.
In the game, Mike Carroll reached base five times, going 2-2 with two walks and a hit by pitch. He scored four times and drove in five runs, including four on a seventh-inning grand slam. Also contributing were Andrew Heck with a home run and four RBI, Brian Bernardo with his first career home run, Chris Kimmeth with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI, Anthony Manley with two hits and two runs scored, Bill Torre with two hits and two runs scored and Rick Devereaux with a hit, an RBI and two runs. Ryan Juran picked up his second victory of the season, tossing the first six innings.
In game two, Charlotte scored twice in the first inning, but Duquesne responded with five runs in the bottom of the first. The 49ers jumped to a 9-6 lead in the top of the fourth, but the Red and Blue regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth and scored six insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Mark Tracy launched a first inning grand slam while Derrik Zeroski knocked in three runs and Matt Carson drove in two. Carson led the way with three hits, followed by Manley and Torre with two each. Manley scored four times, Torre scored three runs and Zeroski scored twice. Heck, who played third base in game one and started at short stop in the nightcap, took the mound in the fourth inning and pitched the final 5 1/3 to pick up his first win of the season, allowing just one run and four hits.
Game three of the series will be played Sunday at noon at Duquesne Field.