Bailey Clark was a long way from home Sunday.
The distance did not prevent the Asheville Christian Academy alum from pitching superbly in his first college start for Duke.
Clark was awarded a no-decision in a 12-7 win for the Blue Devils at California.
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Sophomore Bailey Clark pitched well in his first career start, exiting the game with a 6-3 advantage. Clark tossed five complete in the no decision and allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits. The Asheville, N.C., native also struck out a career-high five and walked just one.
“I was very proud of Bailey,” Pollard said. “He gave up some soft contact. The number of hits he gave up in his outing is misleading. There was really only one line drive out of the whole mix. He had to pitch through some of our mistakes in the second and he did a good job of staying with it. He showed some toughness.”
As a freshman, Clark appeared in six games as a reliever for Duke. He had a 4.91 earned-run average and seven strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched.