DURHAM, N.C. - Led by Rachel Abboud, who turned in a perfect 4-for-4 showing at the plate, the Duke Blue Devils (15-10, 2-3 ACC) rallied to a 6-5 victory Saturday afternoon against the Boston College Eagles (9-14, 0-2 ACC) to capture their first ACC series win in program history.
Down by three heading into the home half of the fourth inning, the Blue Devils capitalized on a BC fielding error and a two-out single from Abboud to push three runs across to tie things up. The go-ahead run came two innings later, as Raine Wilson delivered in the clutch with a two-out single to right center, scoring Reilly Metzger.
Peyton St. George (3-2) wrapped up her 3.2 innings of play by working the Blue Devils out of a jam, as BC put runners on the corners with one away before she induced a pair of groundouts to seal the series win.
For the second time in as many days, the Blue Devils walked out of the first inning with the lead, but not before the Eagles would plate one to open the contest. Back-to-back singles set up a base hit RBI that gave BC a 1-0 lead. However, Duke responded with two of their own in the bottom, as Jameson Kavel led things off with a double to left and was eventually brought home on a wild pitch. A throwing error on the Eagles later in the inning would lead to the second run coming home, giving the Blue Devils a 2-1 advantage.
After scoreless second and third innings, the Eagles sprinted into the lead with four in the fourth. A two-RBI bunt single put BC at a 3-2 advantage. A wild pitch and a single made it 5-2 in favor of the visitors before Duke rallied to tie things up and eventually take the lead later in the contest.
Abboud's perfect day at the plate also marked the first four-hit performance by a Blue Devil in program history and ties her with Kavel for the most multi-hit games this season with eight. Wilson followed Abboud with a 2-for-3 day, driving in a run as well and improving her reached base safely streak to 10-straight games. Metzger upped her program-record streak to 12-straight with a single in the fourth.
Katherine Huey got the start for the Blue Devils, her team-leading ninth on the year, and went 3.1 innings with a strikeout. St. George struck out one as well and did not allow a run while giving up six hits.
Duke will go for the sweep on Sunday, as it takes on Boston College at 1 p.m. ET. Fans can catch all the action from the Duke Softball Stadium on ACC Network Extra by going to WatchESPN.com or accessing 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 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 Colllege (W, 4-3)
Four-Hit Performance: Rachel Abboud vs. Boston College, March 17, 2018 (4-for-4)
ACC Series Victory: March 16-18, 2018 vs. Boston College