BLACKSBURG, Va. – In what was a pitcher’s duel for most of the night, a three-run fifth inning was the difference as the Duke Blue Devils (24-23, 8-11 ACC) fell to the Virginia Tech Hokies (20-25, 6-12 ACC) in a 3-1 contest to open the series Friday at the Tech Softball Park.
Both sides were held hitless until the fifth, when Duke broke through to take a 1-0 lead on an Amelia Wiercioch single up the middle. Jameson Kavel got things started by reaching on an error by Tech’s third baseman and followed it up by taking second with her team-leading 14th stolen base of the season. After a Kortney Dry groundout moved Kavel over to third, with Wiercioch’s single representing the game’s first hit and first run.
Virginia Tech would answer in the home half of the fifth, scoring three runs on three hits, all doubles, to take a 3-1 lead that it would hold for the remainder of the game to take the series opener.
Duke was held to just two hits on the night, its lowest output of the season. Wiercioch broke up the VT no-hitter in the fifth, extending her hitting streak to three-straight games to draw within two of tying her career best. Dominique Salinas added the Blue Devils’ second hit with a base knock in the sixth.
Wiercioch (9-10) drew the start for Duke, throwing 4.1 innings and allowing three runs, two earned, and three hits with a pair of strikeouts and two walks. Peyton St. George threw 1.2 innings in relief, striking out one and walking another.
The series resumes Saturday, April 21 with a noon ET first pitch. The contest will have live audio, which can be accessed by going to GoDuke.com/softball.
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- Friday marked Duke’s first meeting against a team from the state of Virginia.
- The Blue Devils are now 3-4 in series openers.
- Jameson Kavel turned a pair of 6-3 double plays Friday night, marking the first multi-double play game in program history.
- Amelia Wiercioch has hit safely in three-straight games, moving her two shy of tying her career-best stretch.
Friday, April 20
Virginia Tech def. Duke, 3-1 (Stats)
Saturday, April 21
Duke at Virginia Tech – 12:00 p.m. ET
Tech Softball Park
Sunday, April 22
Duke at Virginia Tech – 1:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Tech Softball Park
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 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 College (W, 4-3)
ACC Victory (Individual): Peyton St. George vs. Boston College, March 16, 2018
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)
ACC Double Play Turned: 4-6-3 (K. Dry to J. Kavel to R. Abboud) vs. Georgia Tech, April 6, 2018
ACC Weekend Rubber Game: April 8, 2018 vs. Georgia Tech (L, 5-3)
ACC Road Series Win: April 13-14, 2018 at Notre Dame
Inside-The-Park Home Run: Amelia Wiercioch (3rd Inning) at Notre Dame (Game 2); April 14, 2018
Multi-Double Play Game: Two at Virginia Tech; April 20, 2018