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Lux makes highlight reel catch at super regional

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SHS graduate Damon Lux made a great play in the outfield Sunday for the Duke University baseball team.
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By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com

The Duke University baseball team’s postseason run ended Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee, with a 13-2 loss to second-ranked Vanderbilt in the NCAA Nashville Super Regional at Hawkins Field.

The Blue Devils’ eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament started with a bang Friday with an 18-5 win over the Commodores in the best-of-three series.

Facing elimination Saturday, Vanderbilt’s Kumar Rocker twirled a complete game, no-hitter that included 19 strikeouts in a 3-0 victory. 

Shelbyville graduate Damon Lux was one of those 19 strikeouts after entering the game as a replacement for injured outfielder Kennie Taylor, who was hit in the face during his first at bat. Lux finished 0-for-1 at the plate with one of two Duke walks in the loss and made a highlight-reel catch from his centerfield position.

Vanderbilt already grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning when Lux tracked a ball into the left-center gap. He timed his jump to catch the ball at the top of the wall and went crashing to the ground with the ball in his glove to end the inning.

Taylor returned to the lineup Sunday but the Commodores carried over the momentum of Rocker’s first-ever super regional no-hitter to earn a berth in the College World Series.

The Blue Devils finished the season with a 35-27 record — its sixth consecutive 30-win season. It was the program’s second super regional appearance, with the first coming last season.

Lux, a freshman, appeared in 12 games in his first season. He was 0-for-8 at the plate with two walks. He recorded six putouts in the outfield, including four in Saturday’s performance.