DURHAM, N.C. – A comeback attempt fell just short on Sunday for the Duke Blue Devils (29-26), as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Campbell Camels (27-25) in the regular season finale at the Duke Softball Stadium.
The Blue Devils will now turn their attention to the 2018 ACC Tournament, which opens Wednesday, May 9 in Atlanta, Ga., at Georgia Tech’s Shirley Clements Mewborn Field. Duke, the No. 7 seed, will battle No. 10 Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. ET. The winner will move on to face the second seed Pitt Panthers on Thursday, May 10 at 5 p.m.
Entering the final frame down 3-1, the Blue Devils began a rally sparked by a throwing error on the Camels that allowed Raine Wilson to make it to third base. A sac fly from Amelia Wiercioch cut Campbell’s lead down to one, followed by a walk and two more Camel errors that would load the bases for the home side. However, a groundout to third stopped Duke’s rally and secured the win for Campbell.
The Camels earned their lead thanks to a three-run third, as two hits and three Duke errors would give the visitors a 3-0 lead early on. Duke responded in the bottom half, as a Wilson double to right center drove in Haley Wymbs, making 3-1. With the hit, Wilson has recorded an RBI in four of her last five contests.
It was quiet on all fronts until the fifth inning rolled around, as Duke would use a single from Rachel Abboud, a Campbell error and a Wilson walk to load the bases with no outs. Severe weather would step in before Wiercioch could come to the plate, as a weather delay kept the teams sidelined for the next hour and 39 minutes.
Duke would look to capitalize coming out of the delay, but Campbell was able to earn a strikeout and a pair of groundouts to escape its first of two bases-loaded jams on the day.
Abboud and Wiercioch led the Blue Devils offensively, each recording two hits. Wiercioch and Wilson were responsible for driving in Duke’s two runs on the day. Wiercioch (11-12) earned the start, going 3.0 innings and striking out three while allowing two hits and three runs, all unearned. Katherine Huey closed out the game for the Blue Devils, tossing 4.0 innings and striking out four while allowing just one hit.
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A Year Of Firsts...
The Blue Devils’ inaugural campaign will be filled with a number of statistical firsts as the year goes on. Here is a look at the firsts accomplished by Team One so far.
Game: Feb. 8, 2018 vs. FAU (Game 1)
Win (Team): Feb. 8, 2018 vs. FAU (Game 1), 4-3
Win (Individual): Katherine Huey vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
At-Bat: Jameson Kavel vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Pitch: Amelia Wiercioch vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Baserunner: Jameson Kavel (Walked, 1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Hit: Amelia Wiercioch (Double, 1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Single: Rachel Abboud (3rd Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Double: Amelia Wiercioch (1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Walk: Jameson Kavel (1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Hit By Pitch: Ashleigh Rodriguez (7th Inning) vs. FAU (Game 2), Feb. 8, 2018
Run Batted In: Amelia Wiercioch (1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Sacrifice Hit: Jazmine Moreno (SAC Bunt, 1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Sacrifice Fly: Rachel Abboud (5th Inning) vs. FAU (Game 2), Feb. 8, 2018
Strikeout: Amelia Wiercioch (Strikeout Looking) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Stolen Base: Dominique Salinas (2nd Inning) vs. FAU (Game 2), Feb. 8, 2018
Complete Game: Katherine Huey vs. Michigan State, Feb. 9, 2018
Shutout: Katherine Huey vs. Michigan State, Feb. 9, 2018
Complete Game Shutout: Katherine Huey vs. Michigan State, Feb. 9, 2018
Extra Innings Game: Feb. 10, 2018 vs. Boston University (L, 7-4 )
Home Run: Katherine Huey (2-Run, 4th Inning) vs. Penn State, Feb. 16, 2018
Save: Amelia Wiercioch vs. Penn State, Feb. 16, 2018
Comeback Win: Feb. 16, 2018 vs. Penn State (Trailed 5-0 in T3, won 7-5)
Triple: Jameson Kavel (6th Inning) vs. Purdue, Feb. 16, 2018
One-Hitter: Amelia Wiercioch vs. Purdue, Feb. 16, 2018
Winning Streak: 5 Games (Feb. 16 vs. Penn State - Feb. 23 vs. Morgan State)
National POTW Honor: Katherine Huey (espnW), Feb. 21, 2018
Extra-Innings Win: March 2, 2018 vs. Yale (W, 4-3 )
Grand Slam: Amelia Wiercioch (4th Inning) vs. Lehigh, March 3, 2018
Run-Rule Victory: March 4, 2018 vs. Kent State (W, 8-0 )
ACC Contest: March 9, 2018 at North Carolina (L, 2-1 )
Multi-Home Run Game: Raine Wilson at North Carolina (Game 1), March 10, 2018
Midweek Contest: March 14, 2018 at Charleston (W, 5-1)
ACC Victory: March 16, 2018 vs. Boston College (W, 4-3)
ACC Victory (Individual): Peyton St. George vs. Boston College, March 16, 2018
Four-Hit Performance: Rachel Abboud vs. Boston College, March 17, 2018 (4-4)
ACC Shutout: March 18, 2018 vs. Boston College (1-0)
ACC Series Victory: March 16-18, 2018 vs. Boston College
ACC Series Sweep: March 16-18, 2018 vs. Boston College
ACC Road Win: April 1, 2018 at Pitt (2-1)
ACC Double Play Turned: 4-6-3 (K. Dry to J. Kavel to R. Abboud) vs. Georgia Tech, April 6, 2018
ACC Weekend Rubber Game: April 8, 2018 vs. Georgia Tech (L, 5-3)
ACC Road Series Win: April 13-14, 2018 at Notre Dame
Inside-The-Park Home Run: Amelia Wiercioch (3rd Inning) at Notre Dame (Game 2); April 14, 2018
Multi-Double Play Game: Two at Virginia Tech; April 20, 2018
Back-to-Back ACC Series Wins: April 13-14, 2018 at Notre Dame & April 20-22, 2018 at Virginia Tech
ACC Run-Rule Win: April 28, 2018 vs. Virginia (W, 9-1 )
Three-Straight ACC Series Wins: April 13-14, 2018 at Notre Dame, April 20-22, 2018 at Virginia Tech & April 27-29 vs. Virginia