Not a pitching duel: Dayton 22, Duquesne 12

GREEN TREE -- The two teams waited over four hours to play the series finale. The rain didn't cool off the bats that had stroked out 37 hits on Sunday. The Flyers swept the A-10 series via 22-12 victory over the Dukes Monday at Duquesne Field as the teams combined for 'just' 33 hits.

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The score, 22-12, is more like a football outcome or a pre-shot-clock, four corners basketball game where both teams shot below 30 percent.

But on a brighter note, sophomore Andrew Heck went 3-for-6, including a triple and his fourth home run of the season, scored twice and had two RBI. Serior Brian Bernardo was 2-of-3 with three RBI and freshman Derrik Zeroski went 2-for-5 with two RBI.

Junior starter Paul Bugajski (1-4) picked up the loss.

Duquesne is 10-37, 5-15 in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

Dayton led 6-1 as they got ready for their third turn at the plate. After that was over, UD's lead was 15-1.

The Dukes did score six in the bottom of the frame which just about cut the 14-run lead in half, 15-7.

Dayton added seven in their next four at-bats to stretch their advantage to 22-7. Duquesne scored three in the seventh and one in the ninth for the final score.

Dayton had 21 hits, Duquesne 12. Chuck Ghysels (3-2) was credited with the victory.

The Flyers are 32-14, 17-4 in the A-10, just 1/2 game behind league leading Rhode Island as the Atlantic 10 Conference teams head into the final two weeks of the regular schedule.

The Dukes head down to PNC Park on Wednesday May 6, 2009, for a, weather-permitting, matchup with the Pitt Panthers at the Pittsburgh Pirates' home field. The game is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.

The Dukes travel to St. Bonaventure (21-20, 7-13) for next weekend's A-10 series. After six straight loses and a single win in the last 10 games, Duquesne still has an opportunity to get out of the A-10 cellar with a really good effort in southwestern N.Y.


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