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Duke Falls to Canisius 5-4 in 10 Innings
Tuesday 02/24/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - Canisius center fielder Christian Segar broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the 10th inning with a two-run single up the middle and the Golden Griffins held on for a 5-4 win over Duke on Friday night at Jack Coombs Field. Canisius improved to 3-1 on the season, while Duke fell to 2-4.

Second baseman Jose Torralba led off the top of the 10th with a single to right. After moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by left fielder Jesse Kelso, Torralba stole third. Shortstop Manny Hernandez then drew a walk and stole second to give the Griffs a pair of runners in scoring position. Segar followed with a high chopper over pitcher Nick Piscotty's head that found its way to the outfield, sneaking past a drawn in Duke infield and giving Canisius a 5-3 lead.   

Duke third baseman Jordan Betts then opened the bottom of the 10th by drawing a walk on four pitches. Betts would find his way to third, advancing on a groundout and a passed ball. Catcher Mike Rosenfeld drew a two-out walk later in the inning to give the Blue Devils runners on the corners. Second baseman Angelo LaBruna then hit a high pop up between short and third that Hernandez lost in the lights, allowing Betts to score and Rosenfeld to advance to third. Mark Lumpa came in to pinch run for LaBruna and stole second, giving Duke two runners in scoring position. Canisius right-hander Jon Fitzsimmons then ended the threat by striking out left fielder Anthony D'Alessandro to end the game.

Canisius grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Designated hitter Shane Zimmer drew a leadoff walk to begin the frame before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Brooklyn Foster. Two batters later, Kelso lined an RBI-double into left center for the game's first run. Duke center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms nearly made a spectacular diving catch on the play but couldn't quite haul it in.

Duke knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the third. D'Alessandro doubled to the wall in left with one out on the board. After moving to third on a groundout, D'Alessandro scored on an RBI-infield single by right fielder Grant McCabe. McCabe hit a ball deep in the hole at short and used his speed to beat the throw to first.

The Blue Devils took their first lead in the bottom half of the fourth. First baseman Andy Perez drew a two-out walk on four pitches before advancing to second on a balk. Rosenfeld then drove in Perez with an RBI-single past a diving Hernandez at short. The RBI-single was the first hit of the season for Rosenfeld.

The Griffs tied the score at 2-2 in the top of the seventh on a two-out, RBI-single from Torralba.

Duke went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs in the inning, Rosenfeld doubled to the gap in left center. LaBruna followed with an RBI-single up the middle to give the Blue Devils the lead heading into the final frame.

Right fielder Chris Gruarin hit a one-out single to left in the top of the ninth. Gruarin would then advance all the way to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Two batters later, Foster tied the game with a two-out, RBI-single up the middle.

Duke starter Marcus Stroman struck out a season-high 10 batters in seven innings, including striking out the side in the sixth. It was the fourth time Stroman has struck out at least 10 hitters in a game in his career. Stroman held the Griffs to two runs on six hits and threw 112 pitches. Drew Van Orden (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing the eventual game-winning run to reach base. Van Orden had four strikeouts and gave up two runs on three hits in 2.1 innings out of the bullpen.

Canisius starter Billy Martin lasted eight innings and allowed three runs on 11 hits while striking out four. Nathan Linesman (1-0) earned the win for the Griffs and Fitzsimmons picked up his second save of the season.

LaBruna led the Blue Devils at the plate, finishing 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI. Rosenfeld added two hits, including a double, an RBI and a run scored, while Berezo, McCabe and Kremer had two hits apiece.

Duke scored all four of its runs with two outs on the board but left 11 runners on base.

Duke and Canisius will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Freshman lefty Trent Swart will start game one for Duke against Canisius righty Garrett Cortright. Sophomore right-hander Robert Huber will take the mound in game two of the doubleheader against Canisius righty Devon Stewart. The series finale will be on Sunday at 12 noon.  

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