Duke shuts out Georgia Tech
Duke mixed shut-down pitching with a solid display of power hitting to keep its ACC Tournament championship hopes alive on Thursday.
Drew Van Orden pitched a complete game shutout and Duke pounded three home runs in a 6-0 win over Georgia Tech in the second game of pool play.
Having lost 5-3 to Clemson on Wednesday, the fourth-seeded Blue Devils (32-25) are now 1-1 in Pool A. Duke plays top-seeded Miami on Saturday (11 a.m., Fox Sports Carolinas, WCMC-FM 99.9) in the final pool play game for both teams.
The ACC championship game is Sunday (1 p.m., ESPN2).
Ryan Deitrich had four hits, including a solo home run, for Duke. He has six hits in nine at bats with two home runs and five RBIs in the ACC Tournament.
Jordan Betts and Andy Perez each had three hits, with a home run each, for the Blue Devils, who pounded out 14 hits against four Georgia Tech pitchers.
That was more than enough support for Van Orden (6-5), who retired 11 batters in a row at one point. He held Georgia Tech without a hit between the third and eighth innings.
The Yellow Jackets touched Van Orden for five hits, with two coming over the final two innings.
Deitrich put Duke up for good in the fourth inning with a solo home run the opposite way to right-centerfield. Perez doubled Duke’s lead to 2-0 when he homered to left field in the fifth inning.
Betts doubled Duke’s lead again in the seventh inning with a two-run shot to left field that put Duke ahead 4-0.