Duke baseball player MJ Metz had a day Friday as the Blue Devils took on the UNC Wilmington Seahawks at the college baseball regionals.
Metz hit three home runs Friday as Duke defeated UNCW12-3, and he did it with a torn ACL.
Metz, who was the designated hitter on Friday, suffered the injury during last week’s game. Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Metz and Duke coach Chris Pollard had yet to make a decision on his spot in the lineup as of Thursday night, but Pollard said Metz had “earned the right to make this decision” after a great round. batting practice on Thursday, according to The Fayetteville Observer.
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“I thought I could help the team, and that’s all I was trying to do,” Metz said, according to The Observer. “I told (Pollard) that I wanted to give it a try and I’d let him know if anything changed. Just grateful for the way it all turned out.”
Metz hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, a two-run home run in the fifth inning, and another two-run home run in the seventh.
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“Definitely a surprise to me,” Metz said. “I didn’t come here trying to do any of that. I’m just very grateful to be back on the field again; grateful to be given a chance, especially after what happened.”
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Metz is the first Duke baseball player to hit three home runs in a single game since RJ Schreck accomplished the feat in the Knoxville Regional during the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
The Blue Devils are playing in the Conway Regional where Coastal Carolina is the sole seed and host of the tournament.
Duke will play Rider on Saturday night after the Broncos toppled coastal carolina in 10 tickets on Friday.