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Blue Devils Return to ACC Action Against Hokies
Sunday 03/14/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke baseball team returns to ACC action this weekend, playing host to Virginia Tech in a three-game series at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Game one is scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday followed by games two and three Saturday and Sunday, both at 1 p.m.

The Blue Devil Network will stream live video of the game and Steve Barnes will call the action for the audio broadcast. Live stats are also available through GoDuke.com while fans cans also follow updates of each game via @Duke_BASE, the official Twitter account of Duke baseball.

After taking two-of-three from Miami a week ago, Duke improved to 10-7 (2-1 ACC) on the season with a pair of midweek nonconference victories.

The Blue Devils scored a season-high 15 runs Wednesday, downing NEC foe Quinnipiac 15-2 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Duke's 15 runs scored marked the team's highest total since the Blue Devils defeated N.C. Central 17-3 Feb. 22, 2012. Duke totaled 10 hits in the game and capitalized on 13 walks and four hit batters by the Bobcats' pitching staff.

Freshman James Marvel picked up his first career win Tuesday, helping Duke to a 6-3 victory over crosstown foe N.C. Central. Marvel allowed three runs on three hits in seven complete innings. The rookie from Moraga, Calif., struck out three batters and retired the side in order in five of his seven innings pitched. Senior Jeff Kremer and redshirt sophomore Chris Marconcini were both 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Blue Devil offense.

After starting the season with a .205 team average in February, the Blue Devils bats have heated up in March. Duke is hitting .290 since the first of the month as six Blue Devils - Mike Rosenfeld (.480), Kenny Koplove (.381), Jeff Kremer (.368), Andy Perez (.359), Chris Marconcini (.313) and Matt Berezo (.300) - are hitting over .300 in March.

Virginia Tech enters the weekend with a 13-5 overall record. The Hokies are 1-2 in league play after a three-game series with Georgia Tech a week ago. Virginia Tech split a pair of midweek decisions, defeating Charlotte 6-1 Tuesday before falling 4-3 at Elon Wednesday.

Friday's game marks the 49th meeting between the two schools as the Blue Devils lead the all-time series 27-21. In 2012, Duke swept the Hokies in Blacksburg, Va., taking the series opener 5-3 before registering wins Saturday and Sunday by scores of 13-0 and 5-3, respectively.

Next week, Duke faces in-state opponent Charlotte at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Blue Devils will then travel to Clemson for a three-game series over the weekend, starting with a 6:30 p.m., game Friday.

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