Duke pitchers struck out 17 Campbell batters on the way to a 4-0 baseball win Tuesday at Jim Perry Stadium. All four runs scored by the Blue Devils were unearned.
Duke (17-4) put up three runs in the top of the sixth after Campbell (10-11) committed a throwing error with two outs on the board. With the bases loaded, a Campbell miscue allowed Jimmy Herron (2-for-4) to score and give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead. On the next at-bat, Joey Loperfido (2-for-4, 2 RBI) sent a two-run single up the middle to make it 3-0.
The No. 14 Blue Devils scored an insurance run in the top of the ninth, as a sacrifice fly scored Chris Proctor, who had advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt.
Sophomore lefty Graeme Stinson (2-0) earned the win, holding the Camels to one hit over three relief innings while collecting nine strikeouts. Starting right-hander Bryce Jarvis notched four whiffs through three innings, while right-handed reliever Ethan DeCaster also had four strikeouts in two innings of work.
Redshirt senior Allan Winans (2-3) took the loss despite a quality start, tossing six innings with seven strikeouts and no earned runs. Tyson Messer, Wyatt Tyson and Matthew Barefoot posted one strikeout apiece in their respective relief appearances.
The Camels were held to four singles on the night. Leadoff man Luis Gimenez finished 1-for-4, while third baseman Tyler Anshaw (1-for-3), designated hitter Jeff Hahs (1-for-4) and right fielder Joe Zirolli (1-for-3) each collected a hit. Matthew Barefoot reached base on a walk and was hit by a pitch to extend his current on-base streak to 22 games.
Campbell returns to action this weekend with a home Big South series against Gardner-Webb. The three-game set is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, March 23-25 at Jim Perry Stadium.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)