GW Baseball Drops Series Opener at Duke, 13-2

Senior Brett Bowers

March 2, 2012

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DURHAM, N.C. - The George Washington baseball team (1-6) opened a three-game series at Duke on Friday afternoon, falling 13-7 at Jack Coombs Field. The Colonials and Blue Devils will meet again on Saturday at 12 p.m.

GW starter Brian Derner allowed a sacrifice fly to give Duke an early 1-0 lead but settled down to hold the Blue Devils to three earned runs with five strikeouts before being lifted with two runners on base in the sixth.

Duke scored three runs following Derner's exit in the sixth and added eight runs to open up a 13-0 lead entering the ninth.

The Colonials avoided the shutout by pushing two runs across in the ninth. Senior Brett Bowers doubled down the left field line to drive in sophomore Patrick Loughran, who had singled earlier in the inning. Senior Ryan Thomas then followed with a pinch-hit RBI single.

Duke starter Marcus Stroman limited the Colonials' offense with 17 strikeouts in seven innings, yielding just two hits.

Friday's game marked the first meeting between GW and Duke since 1957. With the win Duke improved to 2-1-1 in the series.

Sophomore Aaron Weisberg will get the start for the Colonials on Saturday against Duke's Trent Swart.



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