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Duke Baseball extends win streak to nine


Duke Baseball extends their win streak to nine with the sweep of Wake Forest this weekend. This is the longest winning streak since 2008, when Duke won the first 12 games of the season.

In the first game of the series, the Blue Devils beat the Demon Deacons 5-2. Helping the Duke cause was redshirt senior Ryan Deirich. He connected on two of his three at bats and tallied three RBI on the game.

“[Deitrich] was big,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “Obviously he had a really clutch hit in the second to help us have an answer after they score a run there in the first. And the big blow there in the fifth inning. We knew this was a good park for him, they way he likes to drive the ball in that gap. We felt the way the ball had carried here in batting practice, that there was a big opportunity there where he might get a fastball he could handle and run it into that gap. And he did. Three RBI is a big step up performance by him.”

In the second game of the series, Duke held off a Wake Forest rally, winning 6-5.  Duke scored four runs in the first inning, but after that, the game remained scoreless until the sixth, where Duke scored another run. Wake Forest came powering back, scoring four runs in the eighth inning, but it wasn’t enough.

In the final game of the series, the Duke baseball team collectively hit five home runs, their season high, for the three game sweep over Wake Forest. Redshirt junior Aaron Cohn accounted for two of the five long balls. He also notched two doubles during the game.

Up next for the Blue Devils is a doubleheader against Longwood on May 4 at Jack Coombs Field. Pitches are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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