In the inaugural Duke Classic, the host Blue Devils won the first game with a 6-1 victory over LaSalle. The win improved the Blue Devils to 3-2 on the season.
Duke got on the board in the very first inning when Chris Marconcini connected for his first home run of the season, a two out, two-run shot. In the second, Duke put three more runs on the board. Mike Rosenfeld drove in the first run with a single and Andy Perez delivered a two out, two-run double.
That was more than enough offense for ace Trent Swart, who improved to 2-0 on the season. He allowed one run (with two outs in the 3rd inning) on six hits. He struck out 11 and did not walk a batter. Freshman Karl Blum followed with two scoreless innings of relief to close out the win.
Rosenfeld and Perez each picked up two hits in the win, as Perez drove in three runs. Marconcini went 3-for-4. Redshirt senior Ryan Deitrich (who came to Duke after four year at Penn) went 3-for-4.
For the Explorers, Kevin Baron and Collin Mcgowan each collected two hits. Mcgowan did not start.
*Saint Louis and Akron are about to get underway. Duke will face Saint Louis on Saturday and Akron on Sunday.