Dayton Comes Back for 5-4 Win over the Dukes

GREEN TREE -- Duquesne held a 4-3 lead from the bottom of the fourth through the bottom of the seventh inning only to see the Dayton Flyer baseball team stage a two-run comeback in their last two at-bats for a 5-4 win over the Dukes, Saturday afternoon at Duquesne Field in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

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Seniors Brian Bernardo and Anthony Manley and sophomore Chris Happ each had two hits in four at-bats and scored a run apiece. They represent six of the Duquesne's seven hits and three of their four runs.

The other safety came from freshman Rick Devereaux who drove in two runs. Classmate Derrik Zeroski scored the fourth run.

Senior Ryan Juran had a strong outing, holding the Atlantic 10 Conference's number two team to four runs, three earned, in eight innings. The Dukes' top reliever, senior Danny Brown (1-1), was unable to stop Dayton from scoring the go-ahead run in the ninth. Duquesne is 10-35, 5-13 in league play.

This was Dayton's 10th straight win and 30th of the season. The Flyers are 30-14, 15-4 in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

UD opened the scoring with one in the second. Devereaux came up to bat in the third with the bases loaded. His single to left drove in Manley and Zeroski giving Duquesne a 2-1 edge.

Jake Hoover, on what would have a sacrifice fly except for Duquesne's error, pushed home two in the top of the fourth to give Dayton a 3-2 lead.

In the Dukes' turn at the plate, Manley's two-out bouncer to third was misplayed allowing Bernardo and Happ to score.

Dayton pitchers held the deficit to one run as Duquesne got just one hit in the final five innings. Sean Finn mowed down three DU batters in the ninth for his third save. Starter Cameron Hobson (5-1) picked up the win.

The teams play game two of this three-game weekend series, with an unusual Saturday start, tomorrow, Sunday May 4th at 1:00 p.m. back at Duquesne Field.