Dayton Holds Off Dukes' Come-Back Try

GREEN TREE -- Yesterday, Dayton rebounded from a one-run deficit and won by a single run. Sunday afternoon, UD had a quick lead and Dukes fought back but never get the lead. The Flyers kept far enough ahead for a 13-10 win, Sunday afternoon at Duquesne Field in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

Update, 5/4/09: Start of game three has been pushed back to 3:00 p.m. and now to 4:35 p.m.; rain is supposed to clear the area this afternoon. - DC

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Dayton scored two runs in the first, the second and the fifth (6-0). Duquesne put up four in the their turn during the midway point to make it 6-4.

The teams kept that same margin through the sixth, each scored one, but Dayton surged ahead with five in the seventh for a 12-5 advantage. Another four in the bottom of the inning by Duquesne got the hosts within three, at 12-9. Each team scored one more for the final numbers.

Duquesne is 10-36, 5-14 in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

Senior Brian Bernardo's 3-for-4 led an 18-hit attack and freshman Rick Devereaux was 3-of-6. These two players scored half of DU's total for the day.

Deveareaux and seniors Mike Carroll and Bill Torre each drove in a pair.

Five Dukes banged out two hits apiece, Carroll, Torre, junior Mark Tracy, sophomore Andrew Heck and freshman Derrik Zeroski. One of Zeroski's was a triple; each of the other stroked doubles, two from Heck.

Senior starter Gary Pierpont (3-6) was charged with the loss. Dayton hit two homers, one off Pierpont the other from freshman reliever Brad Duffy. UD had 19 hits on the day led by Zach Jacob's 4-for-6.

The Flyers are 31-14, 16-4 in the A-10.

The teams will complete the three-game series with a game Monday, May 4th, at 12:00 noon at Duquesne Field.

Note: Once in three games, got to note the similarities between the two schools, which had been basketball opponents well before anyone was thinking about something smaller than the ECAC. They are both Roman Catholic institutions; their colors are Red & Blue (as is Richmond's); and their initials mirror each other - DU : UD.

That's it till at least bask..., wait the teams meet in football on September 26, 2009. Maybe I'll have the strength by then.