Dukes Baseball Drops Two at Akron

Wednesday, on a sunny but chilly day at Lee Jackson Field in Akron, Ohio, the Dukes and the Zips played 1 2/3 games as they completed a suspended match that had started in March, and got in their regularly scheduled game. Unfortunately, for traveling Duquesne, Akron won both, 6-2 and 11-2.

Game one box score | Game two box score

The March 25th game was restarted in the fourth inning with the score tied at 1-1, and with DU sophomore Grant Gillespie back on the mound. Through eight, the Denver, Colo. native had held the Mid-American Conference team to just one earned run.

The Dukes also were blanked until the bottom of the eighth, when freshman Derrik Zeroski doubled, moved to third on classmate Matt Carson's sacrifice bunt and scored on senior Anthony Manley's sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead.

    Duquesne was the home team in this contest. The original game was suspended in the fourth because of poor weather. At first, Wednesday didn't look that promising as northeast Ohio area was getting rain and hail. The weather improved by game time so both games were played, which on retrospect maybe wasn't that good a thing for the Dukes.

In the top of the ninth, Gillespie surrendered a one-out, two RBI home run to Matt Roberts. Senior Danny Brown took over with a Zip on first and two outs. Akron added three more runs before the Dukes got the third out, the Zips up 6-2.

Sophomore Andrew Heck got a one-out single, just the third for DU in this game, in the bottom of the ninth. But Chris Bassett got the next two batters to preserve the win for pitcher of record Danny Fawcett (1-0). Gillespie (0-4) was charged with the loss.

Game Two

Perhaps since the previous game had been a 1-1 tie for 28 days and four innings, the second game started out with that score after one. It stayed at 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth when Kyle Hallett scored an unearned run, the only one enabled by a miscue that Duquesne gave up this afternoon.

The Dukes answered in the sixth on junior Mark Tracy's single that plated Devereaux, to knot the score at 2-2.

In the seventh, Akron (12-26) added six earned runs, and then put up another three in the eighth for the 11-2 final.

Tracy and Heck were both 2-for-4. Heck scored a run and Tracy drove in a pair.

Senior Brian Bernardo (0-2), who has been hitting at a .297 rate in 25 games, made his seventh outing of the season. He was charged with the loss. Bernardo's ERA went from 7.94 to 11.68 (unofficial) after this one-inning appearance.

Duquesne is 9-30 this season, 4-10 in Atlantic 10 competition. The Dukes resume A-10 play on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. on Duquesne Field in the Pittsburgh suburbs in the first of a three-game weekend series with George Washington (17-23, 6-8 A-10).

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