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Duke baseball splits doubleheader with Longwood

Duke baseball continued their winning streak, at least for one game. Their win streak continued to ten as they beat Longwood in the first game of their double header 10-4.

In the game, Duke accumulated 16 hits. Every Blue Devil in the starting lineup recorded a hit, with six of them had multiple hit games.

Senior pitcher Drew Van Orden was on the mound for the 11th start this season and pitched four complete innings before the bullpen took over.

“First off, it was a very efficient outing by Van Orden,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “We wanted to get him somewhere between 50 or 60 pitches, and he threw 55 pitches. I thought Conner Stevens came in and did a great job. I thought we really squared up the baseball all day. We had 16 hits and had a bunch of other balls hit right on the button at people. And we played a tremendous game defensively.”

The same story didn’t hold true for the second game of the double header, as Longwood outlasted the Blue Devils 2-1.

On the mound in the second game was sophomore pitcher Michael Matuella. He struck out 12 batters, a career-high.

“Matuella pitched great and Hendrix pitched great,” Pollard said. “[Longwood] had a couple two-out, two-strike hits and obviously we had our chances with runners in scoring position. We did not do a good job in game two with our situational offense. When we had guys at second, we didn’t move them to third. When we had guys at third, we didn’t do a good job of scoring them. That was the difference in the ball game.”

It’s almost impossible to win a ball game when you leave eight runners on base.

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