Dukes lose DH opener at Kent State, 14-12

There was another strange situation in Wednesday's first game as there was in Akron last week. In the first game of today's double header, with two seven-inning games, at Kent State, the Dukes were the home team. Duquesne got the final at-bat, adding two more runs to the half-dozen tallied in the sixth, but still suffered a 14-12 defeat.


Today's twin bill is the second and third games between the Atlantic 10 Conference and Mid-American Conference teams. Kent State beat Duquesne in their first meeting, 7-5, on March 18, 2009, also in Ohio.

Sophomore Andrew Heck paced today's Red and Blue attack as he was 3-for-4 including his third home run, with three runs scored and five driven in.

Senior Bill Torre and junior Mark Tracy were also was 3-for-4. Tracy drove in two runs as did senior Brian Bernardo.

Freshman Rick Devereaux, who had caught and played in the field this season, took the mound for the first time. He gave up a no-on homer in the seventh which results in a deceptively high ERA of 9.00.

The other three 'regular' pitchers surrendered 13 in six innings for a 23.4 ERA (my calculation). The Dukes committed just one error, which didn't affect the scoring, so all 14 tallied by the 33-9 Golden Flashes. KSU committed two, only five of the 12 runs were earned.

The Dukes are now 10-33.

Kent State took a 6-1 lead through 2 1/2 innings. Heck and Tracy each got one RBI in the bottom of the third. DU's third run, scored by Tracy, was unearned, making the deficit 6-4.

Kent State added seven in the next three frames for a 13-4 lead. The Dukes got six unearned runs in their bottom of the inning, 6 in the 6th. Freshman Derrik Zeroski was at-bat with the bases loaded and two out. His shot to short was misplayed scoring Tracy and opening the flood gates.

    It would have been a cool story if after six in the 6th, the Dukes scored seven in the seventh with the final three runs, including the game winner, coming from a walk-off 3 RBI blast. .... would have been ....

Anyway, KSU scored one in the top of seventh to make it 14-10. Bernardo's no-out two-RBI single got the Dukes close. That was the only mark against closer Andrew Chafin, who stuck out the next three batters for his eighth save.

KSU's Robert Sabo is now 3-0 while sophomore Grant Gillespie is 0-5.

On to game two.

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