BUIES CREEK, N.C. – An early lead was never relinquished Wednesday night in Buies Creek, N.C., as the Duke Blue Devils (3-2) turned in a dominant performance from top to bottom to propel themselves to a 9-2 victory at Campbell (1-5).
Brianna Butler (2-0) led the way defensively, throwing the first complete game of her career and scattering four hits while striking out three to earn the win. On the offensive end, eight different Blue Devils recorded at least one hit, with Kristina Foreman (3-for-4) and Jameson Kavel (2-for-3) turned in multi-hit showings.
Duke burst out the gates early in the contest, as a Rachel Abboud walk and Kavel single set up a two-RBI hit from Raine Wilson. Campbell responded in the home half of the second, loading the bases and catching the Blue Devil defense off guard to steal home. However, Duke answered back in the next half inning as a Reilly Metzger double to left scored Abboud and made it 3-1 Blue Devils.
After the Camels cut it back to one in the bottom of the third, Duke tacked on another run in the fourth via a Butler single that was set up by a leadoff triple from Foreman, the first of her career. Up 4-2 heading into the fifth, the Blue Devils turned on the pressure and plated four more scores in historic fashion to put the game out of reach.
For the second time in her young career, Caroline Jacobsen took the first pitch she saw over the wall in left, this time for a three-run homer compared to her solo shot last weekend in Mexico. With the lead grown to 7-2, Foreman stepped up to the plate next and delivered a bomb of her own, a solo blast to right center. The first back-to-back home runs in Duke softball history put the visitors up 8-2.
One final run would come in the sixth, as a Kavel double would push Abboud home, who was called safe due to obstruction.
Overall, the Blue Devils ended the night with 11 hits and no errors, while Campbell was only able to get four hits and was charged with one error. Deja Davis joined Abboud, Kavel, Wilson, Metzger, Jacobsen, Foreman and Butler as the Blue Devils to record hits on the night.
Duke now turns its attention to its 2019 home opener, as it hosts the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the second-straight season. The Blue Devils welcome Indiana and Penn State from the Big Ten, along with ACC foe Syracuse to town for the weekend. The weekend opens on Friday, Feb. 15 against Indiana (5 p.m. ET) before a Saturday, Feb. 16 doubleheader against Indiana (2:30 p.m.) and Penn State (5 p.m.). Duke wraps the weekend against Penn State on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 12:30 p.m.
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