The Duke Blue Devils baseball team capitalized on another strong pitching performance to defeat Bucknell, 4-1, and complete the three-game sweep of the Bison in Durham on Sunday.
Following the lead of Trent Swart and Drew Van Orden, Junior right-hander Robert Huber (2-0) pitched a solid game, limiting the Bison to just one run on three hits while totaling six strikeouts. The bullpen relieved Huber in the sixth and wouldn’t surrender another run. Andrew Istler pitched a perfect 1 2/3 innings to pick up his second save of the season.
Offensively, Duke was helped out by Jeff Kremer, who went 2-3 with a double and two runs, and Andy Perez, who hit a crucial two-out, two-run single to right to give Duke a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
The sweep represented a second-straight impressive series for the Blue Devils. Coming off a hard-fought series at Florida that saw Duke actually take a game from the Gators, Pollard was looking for his team to continue to perform in their first home series.
And perform they did.
Duke pitchers allowed just one run and nine hits in the entire three-game series. The pitching staff also combined to strike out 37 batters while allowing just five walks. Those are impressive numbers, regardless of who your opponent is.
With the win, the Blue Devils improve to 5-2 while the Bison fell to 0-6.