DURHAM, N.C. – In the home opener for the 2019 season, the Duke Blue Devils (3-4) dropped a pair of contests in the 2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, falling to No. 24 Indiana (7-0), 3-0, and Penn State (3-4), 6-0.
Duke returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 16 for a 5:30 p.m. ET matchup against No. 24 Indiana before closing out the weekend against Penn State on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 12:30 p.m. Both contests will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through the ESPN app or WatchESPN.com.
No. 24 Indiana 3, Duke 0
A two-run home run in the second was the difference in Duke’s home opener, as the Blue Devils dropped a 3-0 decision to the No. 24 Indiana Hoosiers.
With a runner on, IU blasted a bomb to left to give the Hoosiers a 2-0 lead through two frames. A single in the top of the fourth provided the Hoosiers with their third and final run, as they held on for the win to remain undefeated.
Indiana’s Tara Trainer held a perfect game heading into the final inning, when Marissa Gagliano reached on an error to lead things off. One out away from a perfect game, Jameson Kavel delivered a hard-hit infield single to break up the no-no.
Shelby Walters (0-2) earned the start for the Blue Devils, throwing the full 7.0 innings for the first complete game of her career. She struck out a career-high seven batters in the process.
Penn State 6, Duke 0
With runs in the third, fifth and seventh, the Penn State Nittany Lions capped day one of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with a 6-0 victory against the Duke Blue Devils.
After two scoreless frames, Penn State broke through in the third with a single and a throwing error to score the game’s first run. The next at-bat featured a sac fly to make it 2-0, followed by a solo home run to left to put its lead at 3-0 through three.
A leadoff single in the fifth would set up PSU’s fourth run, as a single through the right side led to a Blue Devil throwing error that scored a run to make it 4-0 for the visitors. Penn State’s second solo home run of the game and an infield RBI single made it 6-0 in the seventh, which the Nittany Lions would hold on to for the remainder of the contest.
Duke finished with four hits on the game, with Deja Davis, Caroline Jacobsen, Brianna Butler and Dominique Salinas pacing its offensive effort. Butler (2-1) earned the start, going 4.0 innings before giving way to Amelia Wiercioch and Peyton St. George to close out the contest.
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