The Duke baseball team is set to begin a new winning streak on Wednesday afternoon after dropping the finale of the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge in Minnesota over the weekend.
Duke fell by the narrowest of margins on Opening Day and then rattled off nine wins in a row, most recently in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota Vikings.
Earlier in the week, the Blue Devils demolished Air Force 16-0 and then moved on to Power-Five competition for three games over the weekend against Purdue, Minnesota, and Iowa.
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The Boilermakers proved to be no competition for Duke as Bryce Jarvis (2-1), coming off his 15-strikeout perfect game, rattled off seven innings of allowing just one run on six hits and striking out 11 in a 5-1 victory.
Duke had similar success in game two of the weekend against Minnesota. The Blue Devils had a 3-1 lead going into the bottom half of the eighth inning, but the Golden Gophers would respond to tie the game; however, Duke would plate four runs in the tenth to come away victorious, 7-3.
A sweep looked to be in the works after Jack Carey tossed six innings against Iowa, allowing six hits and three runs as Duke led 5-3 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Blue Devils would squander the lead, allowing three in the seventh and one in the eighth to fall, 7-5.
Duke continues to rise in the various college baseball polls, as the Blue Devils are as high as No. 8 in the latest Perfect Game Rankings while as low as No. 26 in the Collegiate Baseball Rankings.
Opening the season at 9-2, Duke will get back on the diamond for a meeting with Campbell on Wednesday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park before hosting the Florida State Seminoles in a three-game weekend series and its first ACC games of the season.