The Duke Blue Devils (45-17) keep their season alive by rolling past the Texas Tech Red Raiders (43-18) 11-2 in game two of the Lubbock Super Regional. This is the fifth game in the postseason that Duke has faced elimination and won to continue the road to Omaha.
Both Texas Tech and Duke did not score any runs in the first four innings, but all of that changed when the Blue Devils’ Zack Kone started the bottom of the fourth with a line drive single to center field. Griffin Conine then singled to right field advancing Kone to third with no outs.
Joey Loperfido followed with a two-RBI triple in the left-center field gap and Max Miller kept the inning going with an RBI-double to right field. Chris Crabtree continued the inning with an RBI-double to right, making it 0-4 Duke. A 6-3 putout and a flyout to center ended the inning.
The Red Raiders were not able to answer in the fifth, and Duke ended up increasing their lead. Chris Proctor began the bottom of the fifth with a double to left field and Kone followed with an RBI-single to right. The Red Raiders then went to the bullpen to put in right-handed freshman Kurt Wilson.
Conine hit a single to center off of Wilson and Loperfido walked to load the bases with no outs. Kennie Taylor ripped a line drive to right field scoring one and Miller cleared the bases with a three-RBI triple down the right field line.
Still in the fifth, Texas Tech’s Connor Queen replaced Wilson on the mound. Jimmy Herron hit a flyout to center scoring a tagging runner from third. Proctor kept the Duke bats alive with a two-out single to right field, but Queen induced another flyout to end the long inning. The Blue Devils scored six runs in the fifth to take a 10-run lead over Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders looked to add a run in the top of the sixth, but fell just short. Josh Jung ripped a two-out single to center field and Grant Little followed with a double to right scoring Jung from first. However, after reviewing the play at home, the run was called back keeping the game at 10-0 Duke.
Hunter Davis replaced Graeme Stinson on the mound for Duke to begin the seventh. Senior Michael Davis came to the plate and hit a two-out triple to center field. Cody Farhat put the Red Raiders on board with an RBI-double down the left field line, but that would be all for the seventh.
To begin the eighth inning, Texas Tech freshman Gabe Holt hit a single to center field, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Second baseman Brian Klein received a full-count walk to put runners on the corners. Little hit a single to left field scoring Holt, making it 10-2.
Duke went to their bullpen for left-handed freshman Matt Dockman, who got two flyouts to end the frame.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Ryan Sublette entered to pitch for Texas Tech. Sublette walked a couple of batters and then Loperfido hit a single to center field to score a run, making it 11-2 Duke. This would be the final score of the game as Texas Tech couldn’t get any runs back in the ninth inning.
Caleb Kilian was the starting pitcher for the Red Raiders. In four innings, Kilian gave up six runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out two. Kilian goes down as the pitcher of record for Texas Tech and is now 9-2 on the season.
Freshman Kurt Wilson took over on the mound in the fifth and pitched for 0.1 innings, giving up four runs on three hits.
Connor Queen was called out of the bullpen in the fifth and gave up four hits and no runs in 2.2 innings. Ryan Sublette entered the game in the bottom of the eighth and allowed one hit and one run in one inning.
Graeme Stinson got the start on the mound for Duke, and over six innings pitched, gave up five hits, two walks, no runs and collected six strikeouts. Stinson was replaced by Hunter Davis in the seventh inning, who gave up four hits and two earned runs in 1.1 innings. Matt Dockman took over the mound in the top of the eighth and didn’t give up any runs to end the game.
Texas Tech will play Duke on June 11 at 3 p.m. CT and the winner will advance to the CWS. You can watch the game on ESPN2 or on the ESPN app.