The 2018 season was nothing short of historic for Duke. Most notably, they advanced to the program’s first super regional after coming back from the brink of elimination to win the Athens Regional. But beyond that, with their second regional appearance in three years, after having not qualified for the postseason since 1961 prior to this run, they also clearly established themselves as an annual contender to reach the postseason.
Given that last year’s team was a veteran bunch, there will be holes to fill as Duke goes into the 2019 season, but there is still plenty of talent on the roster and plenty of reason to believe that they can, once again, find themselves in the field of 64.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- How the team balanced the disappointment of coming up one game short of going to Omaha with understanding the historic nature of their season
- What stood out to Chris about the 2018 team
- The building process under head coach Chris Pollard
- How Joey Loperfido was able to become an instant contributor as a freshman in a lineup full of upperclassmen
- The biggest holes to fill on the roster ahead of 2019
- The idea that Duke might look to lean more heavily on starting pitching next season
- Position battles to watch unfold
- How Chris came to have an interest in play-by-play and how he honed his style through the years
- Durham food recommendations
Thanks for listening, everyone!