On Sunday, all hopes of qualifying for the ACC Tournament came crashing down for the Duke baseball team. They lost 4-1 to visiting Maryland, while also losing the series.
Duke made mistakes, both on the bases and in the field, that cost them the game (and the series).
The Blue Devils lost despite a solid start from Robert Huber. Over eight innings, he allowed six hits while striking out six. He allowed three runs, two earned. He retired the first ten batters he faced and did not allow a hit until the fourth. Huber retired the side in order in four of the first five innings.
Kenny Koplove gave Duke it’s first lead, 1-0 in the 5th inning, with an RBI single (his 18th of the season).
However, the Terps came right back in the sixth with two runs. The second run scored on a bloop hit that fell in between the shortstop and centerfielder. Problem is, the runner scored from first base. They scored one more in the seventh (on a passed ball) and another in the ninth (one a wild pitch).
Out of Duke’s five hits, two went for doubles (by Chris Marconcini and Grant McCabe).
Maryland starter Jake Stinnett pitched his first complete game of the season. He allowed an unearned run on five hits and one walk while striking out four. He did not allow a hit after the 6th inning.
The Blue Devils now have the week off (it is exam week) before heading to Liberty on Sunday. It will be the first of six straight road games.
*If Duke had swept the Terps, they would have moved into a tie with Miami (and Virginia Tech) for the final two spots in the tourney. The Hurricanes lost two of three up at Boston College, giving the Eagles their first two conference victories. Oh how the mighty have fallen.