DURHAM Sophomore left-hander Trent Swart tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and held Bucknell to just two hits over seven scoreless innings to lead Duke to a 9-0 win Friday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field.
Swart (1-0) retired 21 of the 24 batters he faced, including the last 17 in a row. Swart had a strikeout in every inning except the sixth, had multiple strikeouts in three innings and did not issue a walk in his second start of the season. It was the third 10-strikeout performance of his career.
Duke (2-2) took advantage of two Bucknell errors in the bottom of the third to go ahead 2-0.
The Blue Devils added five runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Sophomore Dalton Brown worked a scoreless eighth with a strikeout and classmate Sarkis Ohanian fanned three of the five batters he faced in the ninth.
Angelo La Bruna led the Blue Devils at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a three-run double and a run scored. Jeff Kremer added two hits and scored twice, while Andrew Istler, Rosenfeld and Matt Berezo all drove in one run apiece.
Bucknell starter Bryson Hough (0-2) took the loss after surrendering five runs – three of those earned – on three hits in 5.1 innings of work.
Busch and designated hitter Luke Lombardi had the only two hits for Bucknell (0-4).
Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils and Bison will wrap up the series on Sunday at noon.
N.C. State rained out: Friday’s game between N.C. State and La Salle has been cancelled due to rain.
South Carolina rained out: The South Carolina-Albany game scheduled for Friday has been postponed due to inclement weather in Columbia. The two teams will begin the series on Saturday with a single game scheduled for 4 p.m. at Carolina Stadium. A doubleheader has been scheduled for Sunday beginning at Noon. Both games will be nine innings.
Winthrop rained out:
Saturday, 11 a.m.: Army vs. Eastern Kentucky
30 min. after: Winthrop vs. Army
30 min. after: Eastern Kentucky vs. Delaware St.
Sunday 11 a.m.: Army vs. Delaware St.
30 min. after: Winthrop vs. Eastern Kentucky
30 min. after: Winthrop vs. Delaware St.