Dukes Lose Series Finale to Fordham, 9-8

GREEN TREE -- Duquesne's baseball team fought back in the late innings but were unable to overcome Fordham's four-run lead as the Rams grabbed the getaway game of the weekend series, 9-8, Sunday afternoon at Duquesne Field in suburban Pittsburgh.


Junior Mark Tracy Freshmen Rick Devereaux, who also homered, and Derrik Zeroski both drove in two runs. Matt Carson, Chris Kimmeth and Zeroski, all first-year players, each had a pair of hits. Junior starter Paul Bugajski (0-3) was tagged with the loss.

The Dukes, with a lot of young players seeing action, have allowed 26 (of 88) unearned runs in the last eight outings. They surrendered another four today.

Duquesne is now 7-25, 3-8 in Atlantic 10 Conference play while Fordham upped their league record to 8-4, 12-19 overall.

Fordham, which scored one in the first, two in the second, and three in the third for a 6-0 edge, was held off the scoreboard in their next four chances.

The Dukes tallied four in the bottom of the third on a trio of singles by senior Anthony Manley and classmates Kimmeth and Zeroski (2). Devereaux' third home run in the seventh got the hosts within one, 6-5.

But Fordham got three unearned runs in the top of the eighth to extend their advantage to 9-5.

Devereaux picked up his second RBI via a bases-loaded walk in the eighth and Tracy slammed his 2-RBI HR after freshman pinch hitter Andrew Dobson walked.

Max Krakowiak got three of the Dukes' last four batters for his first save, with the victory going to John Flanagan (4-1). Stephen McSherry and Nick Martinez combined for seven hits.

Duquesne next takes on West Virginia at Duquesne Field on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 4:00 p.m.