DURHAM, N.C. – With the threat of extra innings drawing near, Duke was in need of a spark heading into the seventh. In came Peyton St. George, who picked up two strikeouts and then delivered a walk-off single to right center to send the Blue Devils (27-23, 11-11 ACC) to a 3-2 victory in the series opener against the Virginia Cavaliers (12-37, 3-19 ACC) Friday afternoon at the Duke Softball Stadium.
After working the Blue Devils out of a jam in the sixth, St. George swung the momentum back to the home side with two major strikeouts to strand a UVA runner. A one-out double from Raine Wilson set the tone for the Blue Devils’ turn at the plate in the seventh. After Wilson was moved to third on a groundout, St. George stepped in the box for her first at-bat and sent the first pitch to right center, scoring Wilson and securing Duke’s fifth walk-off win of the season.
Not only did St. George deliver the walk-off win, but she also picked up her eighth victory of the season and improved to 6-0 in the circle in ACC play with a 1.50 ERA.
Duke wasted no time in getting the scoring started, as a Virginia error would push Rachel Abboud across home plate to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 advantage. Abboud drew the leadoff walk and was moved to second on a single from Jameson Kavel. That brought Amelia Wiercioch to the dish, who reached on a throwing error by the Cavaliers that allowed Abboud to score.
Katherine Huey, who earned her 17th start of the season, retired the Cavaliers in order in the second, tallying two of her three strikeouts in the process. However, UVA would break through in the third, using Duke’s lone error of the game and a single to left to set up a sac fly to even things at 1-1. That would not last long, as Huey led off the bottom of the fourth with a monster shot just right of the foul pole in left to record her third homer of the season and push Duke back in front, 2-1.
An RBI single in the sixth would tie things back up at 2-2 and give the Cavaliers significant momentum before St. George came in to shut down the visitors the rest of the way out.
St. George’s walk-off single was one of nine Duke hits on the day. Wilson and Haley Wymbs each tallied a two-hit showing, with Wilson reeling in her team-leading 13th double and Wymbs now tallying a multi-hit performance in three-straight games.
Duke will go for its third-straight ACC series win when the two teams meet for game two on Saturday, April 28. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at the Duke Softball Stadium, with fans receiving free pizza while supplies last. The contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
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- Duke is now 4-4 in series openers with three of those coming at home.
- Friday’s walk-off win was the fifth such victory of the inaugural season and the first since Amelia Wiercioch walked off a 2-1 victory in the eighth inning against Georgia Tech on April 6.
- Three of Duke’s walk-off wins this season have come in the seventh inning.
- The Blue Devils are now 3-1 against opponents from the state of Virginia.
- With three runs on the day, Duke is now 22-10 when scoring three or more runs in a game.
- Duke picked up its fourth win of the season when tied after six innings of play.
- Winning the hits battle 9-7, Duke is now 20-7 when out-hitting its opponent.
- Peyton St. George now has eight wins on the year and is 6-0 in ACC play with a 1.50 ERA and 46 strikeouts.
- St. George’s victory on Friday gives her a career-best three-straight wins.
- Friday marked the first walk-off hit of St. George's career.
- Raine Wilson went 2-for-3 on the day to improve her team-leading multi-hit game total to 18.
- Wilson also picked up her team-leading 13th double of the year and fifth in ACC play.
- Wilson is now hitting .420 (29-for-69) in ACC play this year with 17 RBI, 11 runs scored, five doubles and four home runs.
- Haley Wymbs has two-hit performances in three-straight games and eight for the year.
- Katherine Huey hit her third home run of the season and first since going yard against Purdue on Feb. 17 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at the Duke Softball Stadium.
- Duke now has 19 home runs on the year after Huey’s solo blast.
Friday, April 27
Duke def. Virginia, 3-2 (Stats)
Saturday, April 28
Duke vs. Virginia – 1:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Duke Softball Stadium
Sunday, April 29
Duke vs. Virginia – 1:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Duke Softball Stadium
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