DURHAM, N.C. - Another first was added to the list Friday afternoon at the Duke Softball Stadium, as the Duke Blue Devils (14-10, 1-3 ACC) defeated the Boston College Eagles (9-13, 0-1 ACC) in walk-off fashion for the first ACC victory in program history.
Peyton St. George (2-2) helped set up the win with a one-out double to right center that put runners on second and third for the Blue Devils. Duke would then bring in Jazmine Moreno to pinch run at third and the redshirt freshman showcased her speed, racing home after a passed ball to seal the 4-3 win.
To go along with her clutch double, St. George also turned in a solid showing in the circle for her second win of the season, tossing 2.0 innings of relief, striking out two and not allowing a single hit in the process. With holding the Eagles hitless in those two frames, St. George improved her team-leading opposing batting average to .208.
Duke would land the first punch in the contest, plating two runs off the bat in the first inning. Jameson Kavel led off the game with a single through the right side, with Rachel Abboud reaching on the next at-bat thanks to a fielding error on BC. After a wild pitch and a walk to Raine Wilson loaded the bases, Jill Ferraro stepped up and delivered an RBI single to right to give Duke a 1-0 lead. The second run would come a batter later, as Brianna Butler grounded out, but drove Abboud home in the process.
Boston College answered a half inning later, using a walk and a double to right to cut Duke's lead to 2-1. However, the Blue Devils would get the run back in the home half of the second thanks to an RBI single from Wilson to drive home Reilly Metzger.
After scoreless third and fourth innings on both sides, the Eagles would tie things up in the fifth behind a two-RBI single to left to make it 3-3. Both sides would be held in check in the sixth, with St. George coming in to keep the Eagles off the board. The freshman righty would hold BC in check in the seventh and then deliver her clutch double in the bottom of the inning after Katherine Huey drew a one-out walk. That would lead to the passed ball that scored Moreno and sent Duke on to victory.
A total of seven Blue Devils earned hits in the series opener, led by a 2-for-4 showing from Kavel, her team-leading eighth multi-hit contest of the season. Kavel also upped her hitting streak to four-straight games, two short of her season high, while a walk in the seventh moved Metzger's reached base safely streak to 11 straight, a new program record.
Amelia Wiercioch drew the start for Duke, going 5.0 innings and fanning four before giving way to St. George.
Duke and Boston College return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, as the Blue Devils go for their first ACC series victory in program history. The contest will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access thrrough WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
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2018 Duke Softball Program Firsts...
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 Scored: Raine Wilson (1st Inning, Amelia Wiercioch 2 RBI Double) vs. FAU (Game 1), 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
Double Play Turned: 5-3 (Raine Wilson to Rachel Abboud) vs. Purdue, Feb. 17, 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 Colllege (W, 4-3)