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DUKE BASEBALL SQUAD RALLIES TO DEFEAT UMBC, 9-7
The Duke Blue Devils rallied with five runs in the seventh inning to defeat the UMBC Retrievers, 9-7, Friday evening at Jack Coombs Field. After falling behind 5-0 in the second inning, Duke scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Bryan Smith. UMBC expanded its lead to 7-1 in the fourth, but the Blue Devils battled back. With one out in the bottom of the fourth, junior Troy Caradonna and senior Kevin Kelly hit back-to-back singles and freshman Tim Layden drew a walk to load the bases. Smith, who had a career-high six runs batted in on the day, cleared the bases with a three-run double, cutting the Retriever lead to 7-4. With one on and one out in the seventh, Duke began a five-run rally. Junior Larry Broadway drew his second walk of the game and Caradonna knocked in a run with his third single of the day. Kelly drew a walk and Layden had his second base hit of the day, singling to shortstop and advancing to second base on an error by the UMBC shortstop. Both Broadway and Caradonna scored on the play. Smith followed with a two-run single to left field to give the Blue Devils' a two-run lead and close out the scoring. Caradonna led Duke with three base hits and scored two runs. Layden and Smith each had a double and two hits for the Blue Devils. Kelly led Duke with three runs scored. On the mound, sophomore Justin Dilucchio (2-0) picked up the win, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out one in 2.0 innings of relief. Freshman Paul DeMarco earned his third save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Catcher Scott Kosmicky led the Retrievers with four base hits and center fielder John Shuler added three. Chris Yetter took the loss for UMBC, allowing five runs in two innings.