GREENVILLE, N.C. – In the final game of back-to-back road midweeks, the Duke Blue Devils (16-12) dropped a 4-1 decision to the East Carolina Pirates (14-16) Wednesday night in Greenville, N.C.
ECU capitalized on the long ball to help plate two runs in the opening frame and two more in the fourth, while Duke struggled to find its groove at the plate. The Blue Devils nearly broke through in the opening frame, loading the bases thanks to a Rachel Abboud double that was sandwiched between two walks. A pop up would end the threat and bring the Pirates up to the plate for the first time in the contest, as they used a two-run homer to take a 2-0 lead.
Two more runs came home for the Pirates in the fourth thanks to a one-out solo home run to left, followed by bases-loaded walk on the backend of the frame.
Duke was able to cut the lead to 4-1 in the fifth with an RBI single from Raine Wilson that was set up by back-to-back base hits from Jameson Kavel and Dominique Salinas. The Blue Devils looked poised to score more with the bases loaded before ECU shut down the threat with a fly out to right.
The Blue Devils made one last comeback attempt in the seventh, as Kavel led off the frame with a single to center. However, that would be all for Duke, as ECU retired the next three batters to seal the victory.
Kavel and Salinas led the way for Duke’s offense, both going 2-for-4 on the day. Peyton St. George (4-4) earned the start, going 3.1 innings with three strikeouts.
Duke returns to action this weekend at home, hosting the Louisville Cardinals in ACC action at the Duke Softball Stadium Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25. All three contests will be live streamed 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