DURHAM, N.C. – A three-run third inning sandwiched between a run in both the second and fourth were enough to send the Duke Blue Devils (29-23, 13-11 ACC) to a 5-1 victory Sunday afternoon, completing a sweep of the Virginia Cavaliers (12-39, 3-21 ACC) to wrap up ACC play for the inaugural season.
Jameson Kavel opened the scoring in the second with a single up the middle that drove home Reilly Metzger to make it 1-0 in favor of the Blue Devils. Duke added on three more an inning later thanks to a two-RBI triple from Raine Wilson and an RBI single from Amelia Wiercioch. Dominique Salinas opened the frame with a one-out walk and made her way to third on a foul out to left and a wild pitch. Haley Wymbs would then draw a walk on a full count to set up Wilson’s second triple of the season that made it 3-0 for the Blue Devils.
A batter later, Wiercioch stepped in and sent the first pitch she saw up the middle to score Wilson and make it 4-0 Duke after three.
Virginia responded in the top of the fourth, reeling off three-straight singles to cut Duke’s lead down to 4-1. Wiercioch, who entered in relief after the second base hit of the inning, forced two groundouts and a line out to stop the Cavalier rally in its tracks.
Duke would add one last run in the home half of the fourth, as Salinas singled up the middle and sent pinch runner Makenna Lutterloh home to make it 5-1. From there, the Blue Devils were able to keep UVA at bay as Peyton St. George entered in the sixth, allowing just two hits over the final two frames to secure the victory and the sweep.
Wiercioch picked up the win, improving to 11-10 this season after going 2.0 innings in relief, allowing no runs on three hits and striking out one. Katherine Huey earned the start, throwing 3.0 innings and striking out one.
The Blue Devils will split time on the road and at home for the final weekend of the regular season. Duke will travel to Farmville, Va., for a doubleheader against Longwood on Saturday, May 5. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, with game to follow approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. The regular season will close out at home on Sunday, May 6 against Campbell, first pitch slated for 1:30 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
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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
Three-Straight ACC Series Wins: April 13-14, 2018 at Notre Dame, April 20-22, 2018 at Virginia Tech & April 27-29 vs. Virginia