As part of the Czech Republic’s USA Tour, the Duke baseball team had a chance to play a meaningful exhibition game in the fall. The Blue Devils collected 18 hits en route to their 13-1 victory. The Czech Republic has been in the US since October 3rd and had already played Campbell. They will continue their tour with NC State and East Carolina before their tour ends on the 15th.
During the fall, every college baseball team scrimmages itself. Having the Czech Republic in town allowed for their hitters to see different pitchers and their pitchers to see hitters they have not seen before.
Duke used nine pitchers, all throwing one inning each. It got started with Trent Swart. Michael Matuella, Robert Huber, Drew Van Orden, Chris Kono, James Marvel, Sarkis Ohanian, Nick Hendrix, and Andrew Istler all followed.
Andy Perez led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run to get the offense going. In the game, he collected three hits and scored three runs.
In the second, the Blue Devils broke the game open as they sent 11 men to the plate. Redshirt senior Ryan Deitrich started the inning with a single and had a two-run double later in the inning.
The Czech Republic’s lone run came in the fifth when Petr Zyma hit a solo home run on an 0-1 pitch. They collected seven hits as a team.
Duke opens the 2014 season with a three-game series February 14-16 against America East champion Binghamton.