Charlotte Takes Series Finale over Dukes

GREEN TREE -- Charlotte, the Atlantic 10 Conference champions the last two seasons, rebounded from yesterday's doubleheader sweep where Duquesne collected 30 hits while scoring 31 runs to hold the Dukes to eight hits in a 20-3 win Sunday afternoon at Duquesne Field.

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Junior first baseman Mark Tracy, son of former Los Angeles Dodger and Pittsburgh Pirate manager Jim Tracy, led Duquesne's offense with a 2-for-4, 2 RBI outing including his team-leading sixth home run. Sophomore center fielder Andrew Heck was 2-for-3 on the afternoon.

Freshman starting pitcher Michael Pelekanos (1-3) was charged with the loss.

The Dukes are now 2-6 in Atlantic 10 competition, 6-23 overall while Charlotte comes in at 2-7, 16-12.

Charlotte scored two in the first and another pair in the second to take a 4-0 lead. Tracy hit a one-out home run to left-center in the third that cut the deficit to 4-1.

The 49ers, who had 19 hits including three homers today, responded with four in the fourth and added another in the fifth to extend their advantage to 9-1.

Tracy's no out single in the bottom of the fifth plated Heck who had led off the frame with a one-base hit and moved to third on junior right fielder Derek Fallecker's single. The Pepperdine-transfer scored for the second time on winning pitcher Patrick Lawson's (3-2) wild pitch, the score now 9-3.

Lawson and mop-up reliever Tim Lysaught held DU to two hits the rest of the way while their teammates added 11 more runs over the final four innings for the 20-3 final score.

Duquesne next takes a trip to northeastern Ohio for a game with the Horizon League's Cleveland State (9-16) on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. at The Pipe Yard in Lorain, Ohio. The Dukes return to A-10 play with a three-game weekend series with Fordham (6-2, 10-16) starting Friday, April 10th at 3:00 p.m.