Duke scored at least one run in each of the first seven innings en route to a 12-1 victory over N.C. Central at Jack Coombs Field on Wednesday. The Blue Devils churned out a season-high 15 hits in their first midweek game of the season.
Freshman Jack Labosky led the Blue Devils with a 4-for-5 performance, raising his team-leading batting average to .440 through the first seven games. Senior Andy Perez belted a pair of doubles and contributed three RBIs and two runs scored. Freshman Justin Bellinger and junior Kenny Koplove each added two hits.
After N.C. Central (1-5) scored a run in the top of the first, Duke (6-1) received outstanding efforts out of the bullpen to limit the Eagles the rest of the way. The Blue Devils pitching staff combined to allow just four hits while striking out 12 batters.
Redshirt junior Conner Stevens (1-0) picked up the win after two hitless innings in relief. Stevens struck out three and did not permit a base runner. Blue Devils freshmen Luke Whitten and Ryan Day made their debuts on the mound, combining for two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.
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Brad Stone (1-0) worked a near effortless six innings, giving up a pair of hits and two walks with four strikeouts. The junior left-hander retired 11 in a row after allowing a leadoff single to start the game. That base runner was gunned down by converted catcher Andrew Knizner while attempting a steal of third, meaning Stone faced the minimum through four.