DURHAM, N.C. - The brooms were broken out Sunday afternoon at the Duke Softball Stadium, as the Duke Blue Devils (16-10, 3-3 ACC) scored late to seal a 1-0 victory against the Boston College Eagles (9-15, 0-3 ACC) and earn the first series sweep in program history.
After five scoreless innings that featured dominant pitching on both sides, the Blue Devils broke through in the sixth behind back-to-back leadoff singles and a BC fielding error. Jameson Kavel got things started by ripping a single through the right side before Dominique Salinas perfectly executed a slap base hit that bounced over the head of the third baseman and into left. A fielder's choice would put the go-ahead run 60 feet away with two outs and bring up Jill Ferraro to the plate. BC could not handle Ferraro's grounder to the second baseman and Duke capitalized on the error to score Kavel and take a 1-0 advantage.
Peyton St. George (4-2), who entered the contest in the fifth after a leadoff single for the Eagles, worked around a two-out base hit in the top of the seventh to secure the victory. When it was all said and done, St. George threw 3.0 innings of shutout softball, striking out a pair of batters and only allowing two hits to seal her third-straight win of the weekend. For the series, St. George was 3-0 in a total of 8.2 innings of work, not allowing a single run and fanning five batters. She also tallied a trio of hits, including a double in the series opener Friday night.
It was a quick start to Sunday's series finale, as both sides went three up, three down in the first. The Eagles came close to plating the game's first run in the second, pushing runners to second and third with two outs behind two of their seven hits on the day. However, Amelia Wiercioch forced BC to ground out to send it to the home half of the frame and end the threat.
Duke was held in check offensively for most of the contest, only tallying one hit before the sixth on a Brianna Butler single to center in the second. Wiercioch, who picked up her ninth start of the season in the circle, allowed five hits on the day, but only let a BC runner reach third once in that span.
The Blue Devils will get back on the road for a pair of midweeks before returning home for their third ACC series of the season. Duke travels to No. 18 South Carolina Tuesday, March 20 for a 6 p.m. ET contest on SEC Network Extra before taking on East Carolina Wednesday, March 21 at 5 p.m. on C-USA TV. Duke hosts Louisville this weekend, with first pitches set for 5 p.m. on Friday, 1 pm. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday. All three of those contests will be available on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through 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 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
ACC Series Sweep: March 16-18, 2018 vs. Boston College