The Duke baseball team went 2-1 while hosting the inaugural Duke Baseball Classic this weekend, featuring LaSalle, Saint Louis, and Akron. Saint Louis took the tournament with a 2-1 record.
After winning the first game on Friday, the Blue Devils lost the second game, 3-2 to Saint Louis on Saturday. The Blue Devils had their chances in the final innings, but left a runner on third base in both the eighth and ninth.
Duke starter Andrew Istler (not reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week Michael Matuella) allowed just one base runner to advance to second base over the first five innings. Then he allowed a two out, three-run home run to Mike Vigliarolo in the sixth. An error led to the extended inning. It was the first homer allowed by Duke in 2014. Istler allowed those three runs on six hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out four in taking his second loss of the season.
The Duke bullpen duo of Nick Hendrix and Chris Kono combined to allow three hits and two walks over the final 3.1 innings. A bases loaded sliding catch by Grant McCabe in the seventh kept Saint Louis off the scoreboard.
The Blue Devils only collected six hits, three coming from leadoff man (and catcher) Mike Rosenfeld. In the first inning, he led off with a bunt single and came around to score the game’s first run on a passed ball. In the 5th inning, he drove in Duke’s second and final run with two outs.
In the finale of the tournament, the Blue Devils beat Akron 5-2. Clinging to a 1-0 lead, Duke erupted for three runs in the bottom of the 5th inning on Chris Marconcini‘s second home run of the season (and second of the tournament). It was a three-run shot.
Duke’s 4-6 hitters (Grant McCabe, Ryan Deitrich, and Jordan Betts) each collected two hits. McCabe doubled, walked, and scored two runs. Deitrich drove in a run.
James Marvel picked up his first win of the season. He was cruising along until the sixth, when he allowed two unearned runs. Overall, he allowed six singles and a walk over 6.2 innings. He struck out five. After Chris Kono struck out the only batter he faced to end the seventh, Conner Stevens threw another scoreless inning. Robert Huber earned his first save of the season, working a perfect ninth.
Akron collected just seven hits, coming from three players. Leadoff hitter Daulton Mosbarger went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Devon Ahart went 3-for-4. Grant Alvarez went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Next up for the Blue Devils is a midweek matchup against Norfolk State on Wednesday.
*Over the three game weekend, Marconcini went 10-for-15 with two doubles, two homers, six runs scored, and seven RBIs. He reached base in 14-of-19 plate appearances and stole three bases.