No. 7 Duke Falls in Extras on Saturday

BLACKSBURG, Va. – No. No. 7 Duke (28-11, 12-8 ACC) fell in 11 innings to No. 23 Virginia Tech (25-11, 12-8 ACC), 2-1, at English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Field.

The Blue Devils struck first in the top of the third inning Ben Molenaar doubled to the right center field gap to score Wallace Clark from first base. The hit extended Miller’s hitting streak to 16 games and tied his career high with 65 hits on the season.

Freshman Kyle Johnson started on the bump for the Blue Devils and went a career-high 5.1 innings. He allowed three hits and one run to score while tying a career-high with six strikeouts. Junior Ryan Higgins worked 3.1 innings on the mound in relief for Duke, allowing three hits and striking out a pair of Hokies.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the top of the third inning, Ben Molenaar doubled to score in right center field Wallace Clark from first place 1-0.
  • Virginia Tech tied the score in the bottom of the fourth inning, 1-1.
  • The Hokies scored in the bottom of the 11th inning, 2-1.

COMMENTS

  • When Duke and Virginia Tech played overtime again on Saturday, it marked the first time since 2015 that the Blue Devils had participated in back-to-back overtime games.
  • To graduate Ben Molenaar extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest tie of any Blue Devils this season.
  • Freshman Kyle Johnson posted a career day on the mound for the Blue Devils, going a career-high 5.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits and tying a career-high with six punchouts.
  • Junior Ryan Higgins pitched 3.1 scoreless innings for Duke out of the bullpen, striking out two batters.

QUOTES

  • “Just an incredible job for our pitching staff to compete tonight,” I thought Kyle Johnson threw a great start and Jimmy taking him off the field in the sixth was huge. That’s the best I’ve seen Ryan Higgins throw in a Duke uniform. James Tallon gets him off in the 10th and I was really proud of Fran. After we gave them two freebies to start the inning, he did everything he had to do to get off the field right away and we just didn’t make a play and that’s baseball. We have a rubber match tomorrow and we can spend the next two hours feeling sorry for the end of this match and then wake up tomorrow morning and compete in a rubber match and we have been very good in these situations. ” – Head coach Chris Pollard about his general thoughts about tonight.

NEXT ONE

  • Duke and Virginia Tech close the three-game set Sunday afternoon from English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m

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