History was made in Durham on Friday afternoon as the Duke Baseball ace, Bryce Jarvis, threw a perfect game in the Blue Devils’ win over Cornell.
Today, the Duke baseball team hosted Cornell at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in what seemed like it would be a typical game.
However, it would be anything but, thanks to the efforts of ace Bryce Jarvis.
Jarvis (1-1) threw a perfect game in the Duke victory, while just tossing 94 pitches in the first perfect game in program history and the 31st perfect game in the history of NCAA Division 1 Baseball.
The right-hander racked up a total of 15 strikeouts en route to an 8-0 victory for the Blue Devils.
Duke’s offense helped its starter with eight runs all coming during the fourth and fifth innings.
The win improves Duke’s record to 3-1 early in the 2020 campaign and the game was hanging in a balance after Durham got blanked with snow on Thursday, but the grounds crew at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park was able to get the field ready to play and the rest was history.
Jarvis, the junior from Franklin, Tennessee, was selected by the New York Yankees in the 37th Round of the 2019 MLB Draft but opted to return to Durham.
Clearly, today’s performance will only bolster his already stellar résumé.
Bryce Jarvis was named as a Preseason All-American and despite picking up a loss on Opening Day against Army the right-hander threw four innings allowing four hits, two runs, one earned, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Last season Jarvis led the Blue Devils in strikeouts with 94 on the year and was named as the Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Morgantown Regional, in addition to being selected to the All-Tournament Team as Duke advanced to the Super Regional for the second year in a row.
Duke will host Cornell for two more games this weekend, along with a meeting against Air Force on Monday afternoon before heading to Minneapolis for the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge starting next Friday night.