Senior Anthony Manley led the attack with a 4-for-6 performance including a run scored and an RBI. Freshman Derek Lefever had a 3-for-5 afternoon, also with an RBI and one run scored. Freshman Rick Devereaux had three RBI.
The win went to senior Brian Bernardo (1-2) who took over on the mound with one out in the fifth and held the MAAC squad to one run in five innings while striking out three. Freshman Brad Duffy got the final two outs in the ninth for his first collegiate safe.
This was the Dukes last non-conference game of the 2009 season. Duquesne is now 14-38.
Duquesne started out on top via an unearned run in the first. The Dukes' freshman starter Jim Devine held Niagara in check until there were two outs in the bottom of the third. The Purple Eagles scored three in that inning and four in the next for the 7-1 lead.
The Dukes started their comeback in the sixth when they put three hits together for two runs and a 7-3 deficit.
Duquesne opened the seventh with three straight hits, the last a double by Devereaux that drove in Manley and Heck. Devereaux scored on DeFabio's one-out single to get the Red and Blue within a single run, 7-6.
The Dukes tied it in the eighth, 7-7, on Devereaux' ground out that plated freshman pinch-hitter Matt Carson, and then took a two-run lead in the ninth via RBI-singles from Lefever asnd Manley.
Niagara added one of the two runs needed in the ninth for extra innings.
Relief pitcher Aaron Bjorkquist was charged with the loss. The Purple Eagles are 20-32 overall.
Duquesne completes its schedule with a three-game series starting Thursday, May 14, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. against the host UMass Minutemen.