Duke junior shortstop and right-handed pitcher Kenny Koplove was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 17th round (No. 504 overall) of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft Wednesday.
Koplove, a Philadelphia native, is the third Blue Devil picked in the 2015 draft, joining teammates Michael Matuella (3rd round, No. 78 overall, Texas Rangers) and Sarkis Ohanian (9th round, No. 265 overall, Cincinnati Reds). In addition, Koplove is the 29th Duke player drafted over the past 15 years and the fifth under third-year head coach Chris Pollard.
“Kenny Koplove has been one of the most fun players to coach in my 16 years as a head coach,” said Pollard. “He has one of the all-time great motors and loves to be at the field every day. To accomplish what he has as both a pitcher and a high level shortstop just shows his competitiveness and work ethic.”
Campbell: Campbell’s Heath Bowers and Cole Hallum have been named First Team North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association All-State.
Campbell junior centerfielder Cedric Mullins has been picked by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft. Redshirt junior catcher Steven Leonard has been selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 23rd round. Senior right-handed pitcher Heath Bowers has been selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 24th round.
Duke: The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted senior right-handed pitcher Andrew Istler in the 23rd round (No. 702 overall) of the 2015 draft.
The Miami Marlins selected incoming Duke freshman Griffin Conine in the 31st round.
NCCU: North Carolina Central University junior relief pitcher Andrew Vernon has been voted to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association All-State Baseball Team in the University Division (Division I), the association announced Wednesday.
Wake Forest: Wake Forest senior Matt Pirro was selected in the 21st round by the Washington Nationals with the 644th overall pick in the 2015 draft.
Duke: Coming off being named National Player of the Year as a freshman at Duke, Leona Maguire kicked off her summer action this week as she shot 11-under-par through 36 holes of stroke play at the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship on her way to earning medalist honors at the Portstewart Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
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Duke: Former Blue Devil captain Brian Goldman passed away May 10 in Raleigh after a battle with colon cancer. He was 50.