Dukes Score 5 in the 11th for 17-12 Road Win

Duquesne's baseball team scored five runs in the top of the 11th and relief pitcher Danny Brown held Cleveland State to just one unearned run over the final three innings for a 17-12 win, Wednesday evening at The Pipe Yard in Lorain, Ohio.

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The Dukes trailed by two, 11-9, with two outs in ninth. Freshman catcher Anthony DeFabio came in to pinch hit for fellow frosh shortstop Derrik Zeroski and produced a 2-RBI single that forced extra innings.

The victory was the first ever for redshirt senior right-handed reliever Danny Brown (1-0) from New Brighton, Pa. Brown, in his Duquesne-best 13th appearance, lowered his ERA to 3.33.

Duquesne's offensive attack was led by 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior first baseman Mark Tracy who hit his team-leading seventh home run and drove in four. The Pepperdine transfer and son of former Pirate manager Jim Tracy, had an unfortunate experience in the game-winning 11th inning; he struck out twice for the Dukes' first and last outs. But then he caught a CSU pop-up that ended the game.

Sophomore infielder Chris Happ was 2-for-4 with two walks. He scored all four times he got on base. True freshman catcher Rick Devereaux went 2-for-4 with three walks, two RBI and two runs scored.

The Dukes' improved to 7-23 and have won three of their last four games. Cleveland State, a member of the Horizon League, dropped to 9-17.

Duquesne grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second on Zeroski's RBI single. The Dukes made it 4-0 in their next at-bat on Tracy's RBI single and CSU's wild pitch and error.

Cleveland State bounced back with six runs in the fourth, two unearned, on five hits off senior starter Brian Bernardo, including Josh Lowe's two-run round tripper for their first lead, 6-4.

Duquesne went back on top, 7-6, on Tracy's three-run homer. But the Vikings scored two more unearned runs in the bottom of that frame for an 8-7 edge.

The Dukes returned the favor and took a 9-8 lead in the sixth on Devereaux' single and a double from redshirt freshman designated hitter Chris Kimmeth. CSU scored three unearned runs on Tyler Wynn's 3 RBI home run in the bottom of the inning for an 11-9 advantage.

Cleveland State maintained that edge until there were two outs in the top of ninth when the Dukes tied the score, 11-11, via DeFabio's single.

Brown held the Vikings scoreless in their turn by getting John Brown on a pop up and Tom Carter on a ground out with the potential winning run on second.

Duquesne took a short-term lead in the 10th on Devereaux' second RBI single. A two-out error that plated Alex Johnson knotted the game, 12-12.

The Dukes broke out in the 11th, scoring five earned runs on just two hits. Senior pinch-hitter Derek Fallecker drove in one via a double down the left field line and scored on a wild pitch. Freshman left fielder Matt Carson's single drove in a pair and sophomore Andrew Heck completed the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center.

Brown got two quick outs before walking Josh Hungerman. Alex Johnson's pop-up to Tracy sealed the win.

DU committed five errors, only five of the Vikings' 12 runs were earned. CSU had two miscues: 15 of the Dukes' 17 runs were earned.

The Red & Blue used four pitchers; the hosts' seven including three in the 11th.

Duquesne returns to Atlantic 10 Conference play where they are 2-6 when they host Fordham (10-18, 6-3 A-10) for a three-game weekend series starting Friday, April 10, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. on Duquesne Field in the Pittsburgh suburbs.