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Duda Launches Another One

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

Former USC first baseman and outfielder, Lucas "the Dude" Duda, continues to make a name for himself in the big leagues as he carried the New York Mets to an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers knocking in a career-best five runs with two home runs on Sunday.

The Southern California native was called up to the New York Mets in 2010; however, it took Ike Davis being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the beginning of the 2014 season for Duda to earn a full-time starting position at first.  After finishing the 2013 season with15 home runs and 33 RBIs in 100 ABs, Duda already has a career-best 26 home runs and 76 RBIs in 404 ABs for the 2014 season.

Sunday's victory over the NL West leaders wrapped up a five-game California homecoming for Duda who finished with four home runs and 10 RBIs against the Oakland A's and Los Angeles Dodgers. Heading into the weekend series, Duda ranked second in home runs, third in RBIs and fifth in slugging percentage for NL first basemen.

Home run No. 25 came in the third inning of Sunday's game when Duda launched a ball off Kevin Correia that reached the back right pavilion of Dodgers stadium putting the Mets ahead 5-1. Check out the three-run bomb from the former USC slugger below...

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