DURHAM, N.C.—Duke righthander Marcus Stroman set a career high for strikeouts Friday against George Washington.
By the fifth inning.
The 5-foot-9 junior had 12 strikeouts through five and had at least two strikeouts in each of the seven innings he pitched against George Washington. He finished with a career-best 17, just two off the Atlantic Coast Conference record. Duke won the game 13-2.
Stroman struck out the side in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The only balls in play against him were flyouts to the outfield corners, a popout in foul ground by the third base line that Stroman took himself, and a groundout to second base.
He gave up two hits and didn't walk anyone en route to the victory. His fastball touched 95 mph in the first on BA's Stalker Sport II radar gun and sat in the 92-94 mph range throughout his outing in the cool, foggy weather. He had his usual wipeout slider, in the 82-86 mph range with good depth, and broke out his changeup the second time through the order. He also threw about five cutters in the 87-88 mph range that gave him another weapon.
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