North Carolina Central University hosted Duke University in baseball on Tuesday night and nearly pulled off the upset of the season. After one inning NCCU led the Blue Devils 3-0 before giving up the lead in the third inning.
The Eagles rallied to tie the game at five apiece in the bottom of the seventh inning on a pair of runs but it wouldn’t last.
Duke used back-to-back doubles in the top of the ninth to create the cushion that made the difference in the 7-5 win over the Eagles at the Durham Athletic Park.
Josh Brammell (Harrison City, Pa.) knocked three hits for a second consecutive game with an RBI, and Bryceson Hernandez (Cary, N.C.) hit his first career double.
NCCU returns to MEAC Southern Division play on Friday, April 12 on the road at North Carolina A&T at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Duke……………. 031 100 002 – 7 11 1 (18-15)
N.C. Central…….. 300 002 000 – 5 9 1 (14-18)