Duke baseball looking to catch fire ahead of major weekend series

Duke baseball standout Joey Loperfido
Duke baseball standout Joey Loperfido /

Duke baseball is looking to catch fire ahead of its weekend series against Georgia Tech. 

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Duke baseball squad, but the Blue Devils are looking for a big weekend heading into the important month of April.

After dropping two of three in a weekend series with No. 14 Notre Dame, Duke (8-8, 4-5 ACC) will return to Durham to face UNC-Greensboro on Tuesday afternoon before welcoming in No. 11 Georgia Tech to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Head coach Chris Pollard just recorded his 100th ACC win as the leader of the Blue Devils, the first head coach in program history to do so, but his team needs to start stringing together wins.

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After a series victory over Coastal Carolina to open the season, the Blue Devils have only won one of their other three series with two losses sprinkled in against East Carolina and wins over Davidson and North Carolina Central.

ACC series losses have come against Boston College and Notre Dame with the series victory against Pittsburgh. Duke’s series against NC State was postponed because of COVID-19 protocols.

Duke baseball with pivotal week ahead

UNC-Greensboro has played a tough schedule and will be no easy game for the Blue Devils, but this week could be critical for NCAA Tournament hopes as Duke has advanced to two straight Super Regionals, coming within one game of the College World Series in both instances.

Georgia Tech has won ACC series against NC State, Louisville, and Wake Forest with its lone conference series loss coming against Pittsburgh.

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The Blue Devils are being led by RJ Schreck, who has a team-best .429 batting average, five home runs, and 19 RBI while Peter Matt and Michael Rothenberg both have 11 RBI.

Cooper Stinson is the ace of Duke with a 2-0 record and 3.74 ERA while Henry Williams is 2-1 with a 4.22 ERA.

Games on Friday and Saturday against the Yellow Jackets can be seen on the ACC Network while Sunday’s series finale can be seen on ACC Network Extra.

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