Duke leaves Longwood in 13 innings, 6-5

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DURHAM – Rookie Andrew You drew a two-out RBI walk to secure a 6-5 win over Longwood in 13 innings Wednesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Duke (13-16) beat Longwood (13-17) in 13 innings for its longest game since against Wake Forest in May 2018. The Blue Devils have walked 13 times in the contest, including nine after the seventh inning.

Junior Graham Pauley led Duke offensively, finishing 2 for 5 with an RBI and a pair of walks.

Upper right-handed Cooper Stinson started on the hump for the Blue Devils. Stinson allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in 4.2 innings of work. Stinson also recorded two strikeouts on the outing. Cole Taylor got the start for Longwood and gave up five runs on five hits and three walks.

Longwood came first on the board, scoring early in the first inning. After the run, Stinson was called out, striking out 11 of the next 12 batters. Duke’s offense responded as well, scoring five runs over the first three innings.

The Blue Devils tackled two on top of the first as Pauley tackled the rookie Alex Mooney with an RBI double. Junior Chad Knight drove Pauley later in the inning with a sacrificial fly down the middle.

Three more runs were scored in the second and third innings through two homers. First-year student Devin Obee crashed a two-run homer to left center down the second before sophomore Luke Storm hit a long solo ball in the third inning. Obee’s home run read at 426ft and 109mph on the start while Storm ran 429ft and an exit speed of 106mph.

The Lancers had three more runs in the top of the fifth inning to shoot within one, 5-4.

Longwood tied the game in the top of the ninth inning. Duke had several chances to seal the game, holding two strikeouts and two strikes in three straight at-bats, but the Lancers managed to get one hit per pitch and two hits to tie the game at 5-5.

Duke put a runner in second with one out late in ninth, 10th and 12th but couldn’t thrive. The Blue Devils closed out the game in the 13th inning with three walks and one hit per pitch.

Freshman left-handed Jonathan Santucci pitched a 1.1 clean inning, facing the minimum four batters with three strikeouts. Second year Josh Allen recorded his seventh consecutive scoreless appearance, giving up just two hits and striking out four in 1.2 innings of work.

Also out of the bullpen, grad student John Natoli allowed just one hit and fanned one in 1.2 innings of work. Second year Adam Boucher stoked three in one round of work to claim victory.

Duke travels to Winston-Salem this weekend for an ACC series against Wake Forest. Early launch times are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.

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