It was a historic year for Duke Baseball, but they could not ride that magic into the ACC Tournament as the Blue Devils had an earlier exit than expected.
It wasn’t a total disappointment for the Duke Blue Devils at the ACC Baseball Tournament, as the Blue Devils were able to reach the 40 win mark on Thursday with their victory over the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons.
This is the first 40-win season the Blue Devils Baseball team has ever achieved and it took a lot of guts to get to.
Wake Forest jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Blue Devils in the 3rd inning, but the Blue Devils were able to get a run back in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the score at two.
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The Blue Devils and the Deamon Deacons traded zeroes until the 13th inning, as Duke was able to get four runs across and went on to take the game 6-2 over Wake Forest.
Bryce Jarvis (5-1) picked up the win for the Blue Devils, tossing three perfect innings with six strikeouts.
Next up for the Blue Devils was the Louisville Cardinals with a beth in the ACC Tournament Semifinals on the line.
It was Mitch Stallings (3-5) on the mound for Duke and Louisville jumped on him early and did not look back.
Before the Duke came to bat in the bottom of the 1st, Louisville was up 4-0 and the Blue Devils were dead in the water right there.
Duke got one run back in the third, but Louisville put up another four-spot in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 8-1.
Both teams were able to plate a run in the fifth inning, but that was all the scoring in this game as the Blue Devils fell to the Cardinals 9-2.
The season is not over yet for the Blue Devils, the Selection Show for the NCAA Baseball Tournament will be on Monday at 12:00 pm ET on ESPNU.
The Blue Devils are currently projected to make the tournament as they have been a Top-25 team for a majority of the season, but it will not be that long of a wait before Duke’s fate is revealed.