Dukes Take 49ers, 16-10, to Sweep DH

GREEN TREE -- Duquesne's baseball team knocked off Charlotte, 16-10. in Saturday's second game for a doubleheader sweep at Duquesne Field.

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Junior first baseman Mark Tracy and freshman shortstop Derrik Zeroski combined for seven RBI as the Dukes repeated their 15-hit attack from the afternoon's first game.

Freshman left fielder Matt Carson was a perfect 3-for-3 with two stolen bases. Seniors Bill Torre and Anthony Manley each drove in two runs while Manley reached base and scored in all four chances.

Sophomore Andrew Heck, who had four RBI in the first game, moved to the mound from shortstop in relief of senior Gary Pierpont. The North Hills H.S. grad gave up just one earned run in 5 1/3 innings for his first win of the seasaon which raised his two-year record with the Red and Blue to 3-0.

The Dukes are now 2-5, 6-22 overall while Charlotte comes in at 1-7, 15-12.

Charlotte's Rob Lyerly doubled in two runs in the first to give the 49ers their first lead of the afternoon.

In the bottom of the inning, senior left fielder Mike Carroll, who had 5 RBI in the opener, walked with the bases loaded for Duquesne's first run. Tracy cleared the bases with his one-out grand slam to right field for a 5-2 lead.

Charlotte scored three in the third to tie the game at 5-5. Duquesne jumped back ahead on reshirt sophomore Chris Happ's RBI double in the bottom of the inning.

The 49ers regained the lead, 9-6, with four runs, three unearned, in the fourth which forced Duquesne's pitching change. In DU's turn at bat, Manley scored on a ground out to get the Dukes within a pair, 9-7.

Zeroski's two-run single and Heck's sacrifice fly in the sixth, put Duquesne up 10-9.

Aaron Bray's homer in the eighth knotted the game again. The Dukes charged back with six runs in the bottom of the inning highlighted by Carson's 2 RBI single and redshirt junior right fielder Derek Fallecker's double

Redshirt junior relief pitcher Kelly McClain (4-2) was charged with the loss.

The teams close out the weekend series with a noon matchup on Sunday, April 5, 2009, at Duquesne Field in the Pittsburgh suburbs.


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