Devils Take Down 11th Ranked Heels, Win Series

DURHAM, N.C. - Eric Brady doubled down the left field line in the bottom of the eighth to score Jake Lemmerman and lead Duke over No. 11 North Carolina 5-3 Sunday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Greg Holt (0-1) suffers the loss for Carolina, who falls to 12-4 overall and 1-2 in ACC play. The Blue Devils Ben Grisz (1-1) earned the victory as Duke improves to 11-4 overall and 2-1 in ACC play. Duke grabs one point in the Carlyle Cup, the all-sports competition between the two schools, that Carolina now leads 11-7.5.

Junior Colin Bates pitched 6.2 innings allowing just two runs on seven hits. Bates was extremely efficient as a two-run home run was the only blemish on Sunday. Holt (1-1) allowed three runs on three hits en route to his first loss of the year.

Offensively Levi Michael and Chaz Frank each posted a pair of hits. Jesse Wierzbicki belted his third home run of the season, a two-run shot over the right center field fence. Brian Goodwin (1-for-4) and Ryan Graepel (1-for-2, RBI) each extend their hit streaks to career-bests 11 and 10 games, respectively. Carolina scored all three of their runs with two outs. The Tar Heels were without team leader Mike Cavasinni due to a sore rotator cuff.

Ben Grisz (1-1) earned the win for the Blue Devils throwing three shutout innings in relief. Duke's starter Dennis O'Grady allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings of work.

Both pitchers were effective in the first couple innings. Carolina jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third frame after a Michael double to left center field was followed by a line drive two-run home run off the bat of Wierzbicki. The home run, Wierzbicki's third as a Tar Heel, gave Carolina a 2-0 lead.
Bates worked efficiently into the fifth, but Duke knotted the score at three in the frame. A Brady infield single led to a two-run home run over the center field fence off the bat of Will Currier. Bates wriggled out of the inning with a 5-4-3 double play.

The Tar Heels responded immediately in the top of the sixth to push in front 3-2. Michael singled to center field and was moved over to third by a groundout and wild pitch. A two-out RBI single up the middle off the bat of Graepel gave Carolina a 3-2 lead after six innings.

Holt entered to pitch in the seventh inning with two outs and two runners on base, but ended the inning with a fly out. Lemmerman led off the bottom of the eighth with a single to right field and moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Mike Carroll. After a fly out and intentional walk to Jeremy Gould, Brady then ripped a double down the left field line to knot the score at three. Brian Litwin then hit a two-RBI single through the right side to push the Blue Devils in front 5-3.

Carolina threatened in the ninth with runners at second and third but a fantastic defensive play from second baseman Marcus Stroman ended the threat and the game 5-3.

The Tar Heels will start a five-game home stand Tuesday hosting Princeton for two-midweek tilts before a three-game series with Florida State at Boshamer Stadium.


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