Dukes Take Richmond in Getaway Game, 5-3

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, VA -- Duquesne's baseball team took an early lead which they never surrendered as they picked up a 5-3 victory over the host Richmond Spiders Sunday afternoon on Pitt Field in the Virginia state capital.


Duquesne broke a seven-game losing streak at Pitt Field, and won their second time in 12 contests on UR's home turf. The victory puts the Dukes at 4-10 in Atlantic 10 Conference play, 9-28 overall.

Brian Bernardo went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI and Derrik Zeroski drove in two runs for the Red and Blue.

Starter Andrew Heck got to the seventh inning. Reliever Paul Bugajski (1-3) picked up his first win of the season and Danny Brown, who leads the team in appearances, was credited with his second save.

Duquesne broke a scoreless tie in the fourth on Bill Torre's two-out single that scored Rick Devereaux. The Dukes got another in their next at-bat when Bernardo, on third via a double and Zeroski's sacrifice bunt, scored on Anthony Manley's one-out "bingle."

In the top of the seventh, after the Spiders scored a single time in the bottom of the sixth, the Dukes made it 3-1 with three straight starting singles. Derek Fallecker scored on Zeroski's hit.

In the bottom of the frame, the Spiders put together four consecutive singles and scored twice to tie the score, 3-3. Bugajski got a double play off the second batter he faced to end UR's rally.

The Dukes' two scores in their final at-bat, on Bernardo's single and Zeroski's ground out, made the tally, 5-3.

Brown came in the ninth and got all three batters he faced.

The young Duquesne squad committed just one error today. All of Richmond's runs were earned, as were DU's five.

Reliever Ian Marshall (0-2) was charged with the loss. The Spiders are 16-17 overall, 6-9 in league competition.

Next, the Dukes have two non-conference games when they host Niagara on Tuesday and travel to Akron for a 3:00 p.m. match on Wednesday. Then Duquesne hosts George Washington in another three-game, A-10 weekend series.

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