The Duke baseball team lost their finale in Florida, 16-5. It is hard to believe that the game was actually close and that the Blue Devils actually led, but they did.
Freshman Kenny Koplove made his collegiate debut in the 7th inning. After a leadoff single, he picked the baserunner off. However, Koplove walked the next hitter, hit the next, recorded an out, and then hit the next batter. That was the end of his outing and in came Ryan Munger, who allowed a grand slam to Zack Powers. Powers hit another grand slam in the 8th inning off Munger (who allowed seven runs in the game) and drove in a total of nine runs.
Both teams scored two runs in the first inning on doubles: one by Chris Marconcini and one by Taylor Gushue.
Duke took the one-run lead in the 4th inning on a throwing error on Gushue, who tried to throw Andy Perez out trying to steal third base.
The blowout loss negated the solid start from James Marvel, who allowed two runs on two hits and four walks over four innings. He struck out two. It was his collegiate debut.
In his first start of the season (as the DH), Matt Berezo went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. He was the only Blue Devil to record a multi-hit game, as Duke had just eight hits.
For Florida, Richie Martin, Powers, and Cody Dent each collected two hits. Justin Shafer made his first start on the mound and only lasted 2.2 innings. He also went 1-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored.
Next up for the Blue Devils, their home opener next weekend against Bucknell.