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Duke baseball headed to Knoxville Regional

Duke University baseball will make its third-consecutive NCAA Regional appearance after being selected as the No. 2 seed in the Knoxville (Tenn.) Regional of the 2021 NCAA Baseball Championship.

 

The regional will run from June 4-7 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

 

 

Shelbyville High School graduate Damon Lux (photo) is a junior outfielder at Duke. He has appeared in 14 games this season, with one start, and is hitting .077 (1-for-13 with a double, a walk and two runs scored).

 

Duke (32-20) will open the regional against the No. 3 seed, Liberty (39-14), at noon Friday. The game will be broadcast live on the ACC Network.

 

Host and top-seed Tennessee (45-16) will face No. 4 seed Wright State (35-11) at 6 p.m. Friday.

 

The winner of the double-elimination NCAA Regional advances to a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional, which will run June 11-13 or June 12-14. The Knoxville Regional winner will face the winner of the Eugene (Oregon) Regional, which features No. 14 Oregon, Gonzaga, LSU and Central Connecticut State.

 

The College World Series will be played in Omaha, Nebraska, from June 19-29.

 

Duke’s 2021 NCAA Regional appearance marks the first time in program history that Duke will compete in the event in three consecutive seasons, having also reached regional play in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 national tournament was not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Duke earned the ACC’s automatic bid into the tournament after winning its first ACC title in 60 years following a 1-0 victory Sunday over North Carolina State.