Led by a few recent Cape Leaguer's, Duke has taken the first two games of the weekend series from Boston College by scores of 12-2 on Friday and 9-2 today. With the wins, the Blue Devils improve to 29-16 (12-11 ACC) while the Eagles fall to 25-17 (10-11 ACC). In a previous post, I noted that Boston College is having a surprisingly solid season but Duke's pitching has clamped down on B.C. and the Blue Devil bats have been on fire in the first two games of this series. Chris Manno (Harwich '08) set the tone Friday allowing only 4 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings to improve his record to 4-4. He was helped by the offense provided by Nate Frieman (Orleans '07, '08) and Alex Hassan (Orleans '08, '09). Frieman continued his torrid pace going 3-3, with a homerun. He also scored 3 runs and added 2 RBI. Hassan was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Jake Lemmerman (Wareham '08, '09) added two hits for Duke. For B.C., Tony Sanchez (Y-D '08) hit his 13th homerun to account for both Eagles runs.
It was more of the same in today's game. Frieman went 2-4 and hit another homerun, giving him 14 on the year. Frieman is batting .374. Lemmerman hit a three run homerun in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Outfielder Jeremy Gould (Orleans '09) added two hits to the attack, raising his average to .346 in the process. Michael Ness (Orleans '09) closed out the game for Duke with two innings of scoreless relief. Ness' ERA is an impressive 2.23. Mickey Wiswall (3-4) was one of few bright spots for B.C. Kevin Moran (Hyannis '09) pitched 3.1 innings for the Eagles and gave up 5 hits and 3 walks, while allowing 5 runs (4 earned).
Fun Fact: Harry Greer, winner of last year's CCBL Curly Clement Umpire Award is working this series.
Reunion Time: Manno compiled a record of 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA last year for the champion Mariners who are coached by Boston College assistant Steve Englert.