Duke leads Appalachia State, 8-5

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DURHAM – Second-year left-hander Josh Allen was stellar out of the bullpen as he struck out the last six batters to help Duke defeat Appalachian State, 8-5, Tuesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Allen was electric in his appearance, earning the stoppage for the Blue Devils. The Oviedo, Fla. native struck out five batters while facing the minimum batter count in his two-inning outing.

“We improved a lot tonight by tapping into our depth on the mound,” the head coach said. Chris Pollard noted. “I was really excited to see Michael Fotz get in there and have the output that he had. Caleb McRoy had his first outing in a Duke uniform and looked really good. I loved the path Jonathan Santucci bounced back. Josh Allen was electric at the end of the game. I really like where our strike percentages are right now.”

Second year Chad Knight finished 2 for 5, including a three-run home run. rookies Alex Mooney and Andrew You also produced multiple hit releases, each going 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Senior left-handed pitcher Aaron Beasley started on the mound for the Blue Devils on a declared staff day. He allowed two runs on four hits while striking out three in two innings of work. Cameron Carter of the Mountaineers suffered the loss after allowing four runs on two hits and two walks.

Duke led 2-0 midway through the third but moved up the board via an RBI triple from Mooney. The visitors responded, adding two more in the fourth set to make it 4-1. In the bottom of the fifth, Knight hit a three-run home run to tie the game. Graduate student Chris Davis gave the Blue Devils the advantage with a savvy base run. Davis reached on a step and scored from first on a wild pitch and pitch error by the Mountaineers catcher to give Duke the lead, 5-4.

The Blue Devils added another in sixth as a junior Graham Pauley doubled to mark a graduate student Wil Hoyle. App State responded with its own run in the top of the seventh, but Duke countered with two more in the bottom frame. Second year Luke Storm recorded a two-goal hit to left field to score Davis before Yu singled left to tackle senior Jake Topolski. Allen came in in the eighth and sealed the game for the Blue Devils.

McRoy picked up the win after striking out three batters in his only inning pitched in his first appearance as the Blue Devil. Foltz made his first collegiate appearance, and it was strong. The Myrtle Beach, SC southpaw retired all three facing his only innings of work.

Duke heads to Baylor this weekend for his first road trip of the 2022 season. Friday and Saturday first pitches are set for 4 p.m. while the series finale is set for 2 p.m. Sunday.

REMARKS:

  • After not recording any opening day hits, Mooney produced multi-hit outings in three straight games to lead the team.
  • Davis has a staggering .579 on-base percentage at the start of the season, in part because of his nine walks in four games.
  • Duke walked 27 in four games, while allowing just 14 on the mound.

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