Dukes Take Nightcap, 12-5, for DH Split

GREEN TREE -- Duquesne bounced back after dropping Saturday's doubleheader opener by beating Fordham, 12-5, at Duquesne Field in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

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Senior starter Gary Pierpont and freshman Michael Pelekanos combined to limit Fordham to three earned runs. The Rams had scored nine (of 10) earned runs in today's first game.

Pierpont pitched six innings (2-5) for his second win of the season and Pelekanos tossed the last three for his first career save.

Junior Mark Tracy (2-4) continued to fire the offense with his team-leading eighth and ninth home runs, that put the California native one behind the Atlantic 10 Conference leader, Fordham's Gary DiNardo who belted his 10th in game one. Tracy had 4 RBI.

Freshman Rick Devereaux was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Classmate Derrik Zeroski (2-4) also scored twice and drove in one run.

Three more Dukes had multiple hits: freshman Anthony DeFabio, who scored three times, redshirt freshman Chris Kimmeth and senior Anthony Manley.

Duquesne, which won four of the last six games, is now 8-24, 3-7 in A-10 play. Fordham is 12-18, 7-4 in league contests.

Kimmeth's RBI single in the first plated Devereaux for a 1-0 lead. The Dukes burst out in the third with six runs on a pair of 2-RBI homers by Tracy and senior Brian Bernardo, and Manley's and Devereaux' doubles. The score, 7-0.

Fordham got two unearned runs in the fourth and another pair, this time earned, in the fifth. A single by Zeroski drove in DeFabio for an 8-4 mark.

The Dukes scored an unearned run in the seventh. After the Rams added one in their next at bat, Duquesne put up three in the bottom of the eighth, on Tracy's second 2-RBI round tripper of the day and one more unearned run, for the final score of 12-5.

The teams close out the weekend series with an Easter Sunday game at 12:00 noon, back up at Duquesne Field.


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