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Courtesy: Duke Athletics
Peyton St. George
Blue Devils Drop Pitt in Series Finale
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/01/2018
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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A dominant day in the circle from Peyton St. George combined with Rachel Abboud's second home run of the season paced the Duke Blue Devils (19-17, 5-7 ACC) Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh, as they picked up a 2-1 victory in the series finale against the Pittsburgh Panthers (19-13-1, 8-3 ACC).

St. George tossed her second complete game of the year and allowed just three hits while striking out seven to improve to 6-4 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in ACC play. The Mechanicsville, Va., native held the Panthers hitless through 5.1 innings before Pitt reeled off back-to-back base hits.

The Blue Devils wasted no time in getting things going, as Abboud sent the first pitch she saw over the fence in left center to give Duke a 1-0 advantage. From there, St. George would keep the Panthers on lock down, not allowing a hit and walking three through the first five frames. Duke added an insurance run in the top of the fifth thanks to an RBI double off the wall in center from Jameson Kavel that pushed Haley Wymbs across home plate.

Pitt would tally a pair of one-out singles through the left side in an attempt to get back into the contest, but a fielder's choice and a foul out behind home plate stopped the Panthers in their tracks. The home team would manage to end the shutout and cut the lead to one with a solo home run to right with two outs in the final frame, but St. George's seventh strikeout of the contest, a career high in ACC play, sealed the 2-1 series finale victory for the Blue Devils.

Abboud and Raine Wilson paced the Duke offense with two hits each, moving their season totals for multi-hit contests to 11 and 10. Abboud also set a career high with her fourth-straight contest with a hit, while Kortney Dry improved her career best streak to six-straight games with a hit. 

Duke will remain on the road for its next contest, traveling to Coastal Carolina for a Wednesday, April 4 showdown in Conway, S.C. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. ET and will be live streamed through Chant Vision on www.GoCCUSports.com

Extra Bases…

  • Sunday’s win marked the first ACC road victory in Blue Devil softball program history.
  • Late leads continue to be a sign of a Duke victory, as it improved to 14-1 when leading after five and a perfect 16-0 when leading after six.
  • The Blue Devils picked up their third win of the year when scoring two or fewer runs. On the flip side, they are 12-1 when holding their opponents with two runs or fewer.
  • Duke improved to 14-4 when out hitting its opponent. The Blue Devils tallied seven hits to Pitt’s three.
  • Sunday marked Duke’s 12th game of the season without an error and it is now 8-4 when doing so.
  • Duke is now 8-4 this year when hitting a home run.
  • The Blue Devils continued their trend of being successful in close games, improving to 8-3 on the year in one-run contests.
  • Raine Wilson has now hit safely in 17 of her last 21 games.
  • Rachel Abboud’s first-inning home run was the second of her career.
  • With each tallying two hits on the day, Abboud and Wilson picked up their 11th and 10th multi-hit games of the year, respectively. Those two totals top the team.
  • Abboud set a new career best with her fourth-straight contest with a hit.
  • Kortney Dry improved her career-high hitting streak to six-straight games.

Series Info…

Saturday, March 31
Pitt def. Duke, 6-4
Pitt def. Duke, 8-4

Sunday, April 1
Duke def. Pitt, 2-1 

On Deck…

Duke will remain on the road for its next contest, traveling to Coastal Carolina for a Wednesday, April 4 showdown in Conway, S.C. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. ET and will be live streamed through Chant Vision on www.GoCCUSports.com

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 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 [8])

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 [9])

Grand Slam: Amelia Wiercioch (4th Inning) vs. Lehigh, March 3, 2018

Run-Rule Victory: March 4, 2018 vs. Kent State (W, 8-0 [5])

ACC Contest: March 9, 2018 at North Carolina (L, 2-1 [9])

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)

Four-Hit Performance: Rachel Abboud vs. Boston College, March 17, 2018 (4-4)

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)

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