DURHAM, N.C. – Not even a lengthy rain delay could slow down the Duke Blue Devils (4-5) on Sunday afternoon, as they took down the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-6), 3-1, to close out the 2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge at the Duke Softball Stadium.
Dominating showings from freshmen Shelby Walters, Deja Davis and Kristina Foreman keyed the Blue Devils’ first home victory of the 2019 slate. Walters rung up a career-high six strikeouts and registered her second complete game of the weekend to spearhead Duke’s defensive effort. Davis went 2-for-3 at the plate and registered a career-high three steals, while Foreman drove home two runs with a single in the third to pace the offense.
The Blue Devils did not waste any time in getting things started, as Jameson Kavel kept her hot start to the year rolling along with a double to right center. Davis would reach on a bunt single an Kavel would catch PSU’s defense sleeping, stealing home to make it 1-0 for Duke.
Rain threatened to slow down the contest in the home half of the first, as the tarp came out and brought a one hour and 23-minute delay along with it. The delay did not seem to bother either side, as Penn State evened the score in the second with a solo blast to center. Duke would answer a half inning later, as Davis singled and stole second, while Caroline Jacobsen earned a walk to set up Foreman’s two-RBI single to right center to make it 3-1 for the Blue Devils.
Walters (1-2) would only give up one more hit the rest of the way while ringing up five batters to secure her first-career win. Overall, Walters scattered five hits and allowed only one run in her 7.0 inning effort and only walked one batter.
Along with Davis’ second multi-hit game of the year and Foreman’s single, Duke received tallies from Kavel, Marissa Gagliano, Haley Wymbs and Kyla Morris.
Duke remains at home for its next contest, hosting NC Central on Tuesday, Feb. 19. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through the ESPN app or WatchESPN.com.
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