By Mike Radomski
(CARY, NC) – Chase Bebout (Lake Worth, FL) pitched five scoreless innings and Jeremy Gould (Bellaire, TX)provided the offense with a 3-run home run as the Duke Blue Devils (9-3) defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-5) baseball team 5-0 on Tuesday afternoon.
In the bottom of the first inning, outfielder Jeremy Gould hit a 3-run home run off of Quinnipiac starter Kyle Birdsall (Orange, CT) and set the tone for the rest of the game.
With a 3-0 lead, Bebout began the afternoon by retiring fourteen of the first sixteen batters he faced. The pitcher threw five scoreless innings for the Blue Devils, allowing just four hits while striking out six more.
Outfielder Mike Carroll (Granger, IN) tacked on another run with a single in the bottom of the fourth inning putting Duke ahead 4-0.
The score would stay that way into the top of the sixth inning where the Blue Devils turned to reliever Chris Manno (Brooklyn, NY) to maintain the lead.
Manno would pitch the last four innings of the game while not yielding a single run. The left-hander was provided an insurance run in the 7th inning on a sacrifice fly from Will Piwnica-Worms (St. Louis, MO) to increase the lead to five and Manno would continue to pitch well down the stretch, earning his first save of the season.
Infielder Joe Poletsky (Riverside, CT) went 2 for 3 with a walk in the loss and Bobcat catcher Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, CT) also picked up two hits for Quinnipiac.
The Quinnipiac Bobcats will continue to look for their first win of the season when the team travels to Richmond, Va. to play Virginia Commonwealth University on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for three o’clock at The Diamond.
The box score for today’s game can be seen at this link, courtesy of Quinnipiac Athletics: http://www.quinnipiacbobcats.com/fls/17500/stats/baseball/2010/du0309.htm