BLACKSBURG, Va. – A standout day from Reilly Metzger, highlighted by a fourth-inning single that drove in the game’s winning run, led the Duke Blue Devils (26-23, 10-11 ACC) to a 5-0 victory, giving them the series win at Virginia Tech (20-27, 6-14 ACC) Sunday afternoon.
The win gives Duke back-to-back ACC series wins for the first time in program history, as the Blue Devils took the series at Notre Dame last weekend with wins in the first two contests. Sunday’s victory also clinches Duke’s spot in the 2018 ACC Tournament in Atlanta, Ga., May 9-12.
As it has been for most of the weekend, offense was hard to come by for either side in the early stages of the contest, with only three combined hits through the first three innings. Duke broke through in the fourth thanks to Metzger’s RBI single. Wymbs got things started with a leadoff single up the middle. Raine Wilson followed with a single of her own and then the duo executed a double steal to put runners at second and third with no outs. A walk to Amelia Wiercioch loaded the bases and brought up Metzger, who tallied her first RBI since March 2 against North Dakota State to give Duke the 1-0 lead.
The Blue Devils tacked on an insurance run in the fifth, as Ashleigh Rodriguez reached in the leadoff spot thanks to a throwing error on the Hokies. A sac bunt and a groundout moved Rodriguez over to third and Wilson’s second hit of the day brought her home to make it 2-0 in favor of the Blue Devils.
After Katherine Huey sat the Hokies down in order for the second-straight inning, the Blue Devils fired up the bats in the sixth with a three-run frame. Wiercioch led things off with a single to right center and Metzger delivered her second hit of the day to put two on with no outs for Duke. Pinch-hitter Emilie Cieslak put the ball in play to the first baseman, who misfired on the throw home, allowing pinch-runner Makenna Lutterloh to score and make it 3-0 Duke. A single up the middle from Jazmine Moreno brought two more runs home, pushing the Blue Devils out to a 5-0 advantage.
Huey (9-7) picked up the win, her second in ACC play. The righty threw 5.2 innings, striking out two and walking just one while allowing no runs on three hits. Peyton St. George entered in the sixth and held the Hokies in check for the remainder of contest, sealing the 5-0 victory and series win behind one strikeout and one hit allowed in 2.0 innings.
Duke finished with eight hits on the day, headlined by Metzger’s 2-for-3 day at the plate that also included a run batted in and a run scored. It was Metzger’s third multi-hit game of the season and first since recorded two hits in the second game against North Carolina on March 10. Haley Wymbs and Wilson also recorded two-hit days, with Wilson driving in one run to improve her season total to 28 RBI. Wymbs has now tallied multi-hit performances in back-to-back games and has seven on the year, while Wilson upped her team-leading total to 17.
Moreno led all players with a pair of RBI on her sixth-inning single, giving her three multi-RBI games this season.
With the final ACC road series in the books, the Blue Devils will now turn their attention to a Wednesday, April 25 doubleheader at Longwood to wrap up their road slate for year one. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. ET in Farmville, Va., with game two to follow approximately 30 after the conclusion of the first contest.
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- With the win, the Blue Devils have clinched their spot in the 2018 ACC Tournament in their first season of play.
- The Blue Devils have now won back-to-back ACC series for the first time in program history, defeating Notre Dame last weekend in South Bend, Ind., and Virginia Tech this weekend in Blacksburg, Va.
- Duke is now 2-1 against opponents from the state of Virginia.
- With five runs on the day, Duke is now 15-3 when scoring five or more runs in a game.
- The Blue Devils recorded their ninth shutout of the season and third of ACC play.
- Duke improved to 22-0 when leading after six innings and 18-3 when ahead after five.
- Winning the hits battle 8-3, Duke is now 19-7 when out-hitting its opponent.
- Reilly Metzger went 2-for-3 on the day with an RBI, earning her first multi-hit game since game two at North Carolina on March 10 and her first run driven in since Duke’s March 2 contest against North Dakota State.
- Metzger now has three multi-hit games this season.
- Raine Wilson tallied two hits on the day to improve her team-leading multi-hit game total to 17.
- Wilson is now hitting .409 (27-for-66) in ACC play this year with 17 RBI, 10 runs scored, four homers and four doubles.
- Haley Wymbs has two-hit performances in back-to-back games and seven for the year.
- Jazmine Moreno drove in a pair of runs on the day, her third multi-RBI game of the year and first since driving home two in the second game of the series at Pitt on March 31.
Friday, April 20
Virginia Tech def. Duke, 3-1 (Stats)
Saturday, April 21
Duke def. Virginia Tech, 5-1 (Stats)
Sunday, April 22
Duke def. Virginia Tech, 5-0 (Stats)
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 Shutout: March 18, 2018 vs. Boston College (1-0)
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
Back-to-Back ACC Series Wins: April 13-14, 2018 at Notre Dame & April 20-22, 2018 at Virginia Tech