Pitt Baseball Falls to Duke in 10 Innings

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PITTSBURGH – A pair of impressive pitching performances highlighted the evening as Pitt fell 2-1 in a 10-inning dual with Duke in game one of the three-game series Thursday evening.

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T.J. Zeuch was stellar in his final regular season outing before the 2016 MLB Draft, going 9.0 innings, allowing eight hits and just one earned run with a career-high 12 strikeouts.

The junior bested his previous career high as he wrung up 12 batters on 114 total pitches.

Zeuch would pitch around a lead-off walk in the first inning to retire the side on a pair of strikeouts and a groundout. He was equally as impressive in the second and third, adding two more strikeouts in each frame.

In the fourth, Zeuch would face his first bit of trouble as back-to-back singles and a wild pitch would put a pair of runners in scoring position for the first time in the game. Zeuch would retire the final two batters of the inning on strikes to escape the inning.

The Panthers struck first in the game as a solo homerun from Nick Yarnall in the seventh would be the lone run for Pitt.

In the bottom of the ninth, a two-out single through the left side off the bat of Peter Zyla would tie things up.

Heading into extra innings, a single and error, followed by a walk would put runners on as a single up the middle plated the go ahead run for Duke.

David Yanni would lead off the bottom of the 10th with a single but Pitt was unable to bring the runners around as Duke claimed the win.

With the loss, Pitt falls to 25-25-0, 10-17-0 in the ACC. They’ll return to action tomorrow with game two against the Blue Devils at 6 p.m. from Charles L. Cost Field


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