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Duke Heads West for Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/21/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – It’s back on the road for the Duke Blue Devils (5-5), as they head to Palm Springs, Calif., to take part in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

The Blue Devils open the weekend with a Friday, Feb. 22 doubleheader against Northwestern (1 p.m. ET) and California (3:30 p.m.), followed by a Saturday twinbill against Army (6 p.m.) and Ohio State (8:30 p.m.). The weekend wraps up against Utah on Sunday at 12 p.m. All contests will be live streamed at FloSoftball.com.

Duke Blue Devils (5-5)
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Northwestern Wildcats (7-2)
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California Golden Bears (6-5)
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Army Black Knights (4-7)
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Ohio State Buckeyes (4-4)
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Utah Utes (5-5)
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Game 1
Duke vs. #RV Northwestern
When: Feb. 22 | 1:00 PM (ET)
Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic
Where: Palm Springs, Calif.
Venue: Big League Dreams Complex
Watch Live: FloSoftball
Live Stats: TBD


Game 2
Duke vs. California
When: Feb. 22 | 3:30 PM (ET)
Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic
Where: Palm Springs, Calif.
Venue: Big League Dreams Complex
Watch Live: FloSoftball
Live Stats: TBD

Game 3
Duke vs. Army
When: Feb. 23 | 6:00 PM (ET)
Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic
Where: Palm Springs, Calif.
Venue: Big League Dreams Complex
Watch Live: FloSoftball
Live Stats

Game 4
Duke vs. Ohio State
When: Feb. 23 | 8:30 PM (ET)
Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic
Where: Palm Springs, Calif.
Venue: Big League Dreams Complex
Watch Live: FloSoftball
Live Stats

Game 5
Duke vs. Utah
When: Feb. 24 | 12:00 PM (ET)
Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic
Where: Palm Springs, Calif.
Venue: Big League Dreams Complex
Watch Live: FloSoftball
Live Stats


Need To Know

  • Duke will play in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic for the first time in program history this weekend, which also marks its final non-conference road tournament of the 2019 season.
  • The Blue Devils face four first-time opponents this weekend, with Ohio State being the only team they have faced before. Duke fell to OSU last year on opening weekend, 5-2, in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • In their last contest, the Blue Devils dominated NC Central for an 8-0 victory on Tuesday in six innings, their first run-rule win of the season.
  • It’s been a red hot start to the collegiate career of Deja Davis, as the rookie second baseman tops the team with a .364 average, 12 hits and 10 stolen bases. Against NCCU, Davis became the second player in school history to record a four-hit performance and stole a trio fo bases for the second-straight game. She is currently six steals away from tying the school record.
  • Tuesday’s win also featured a standout performance in the circle, as Peyton St. George threw a two-hit complete game shutout, striking out a season-high seven batters along the way. St. George’s 0.57 ERA currently stands second in the ACC and 28th nationally.
  • Duke’s speed on the bases this year has been utterly impressive through 10 games. It’s 19 stolen bases are seven more than where it stood through the first 10 games of last season. That total is third in the ACC, while its 1.90 steals/game are 33rd in the NCAA.


On The Road Again...
With a five-game home stand in the books, the Blue Devils get back on the road for their final non-conference home tournament of the regular season. Duke is 3-2 away from home this year, defeating Notre Dame and Liberty in Mexico before taking down Campbell in Buies Creek last week. The Blue Devils are 6-7 in neutral site matches entering the weekend.

Team Two Against The MNCC Field...
Duke vs. Northwestern
First meeting between the two teams … Will be the first meeting against a team from the state of Illinois in program history … Blue Devils are 3-2 in first-time meetings against Big Ten opponents … Duke is 5-2 against the Big Ten … Played in regionals at the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Duke vs. California
Will be the first meeting in program history … Duke’s first meeting against a team from the Golden State … This will be the Blue Devils’ first game against a Pac-12 opponent … 2018 NCAA Tournament participant.

Duke vs. Army
First meeting against Army West Point … Duke is 1-1 against Patriot League foes … First time Duke will have played a service academy … First game against a foe from New York.

Duke vs. Ohio State
Second meeting between the two sides, with Ohio State holding a 1-0 series lead … Met during 2018 opening weekend in Boca Raton, Fla., where OSU took a 5-2 victory … Duke is 1-1 against the state of Ohio … Ohio State made the field of 64 for the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Duke vs. Utah
First meeting against the Utes for Duke … Will be just the second meeting against a Pac-12 opponent, with the other coming Friday against Cal … First opponent from the state of Utah in program history.

Go DJ, That’s My DJ...
It’s been a red-hot start to the career of Deja Davis, as the rookie infielder enters the weekend leading Duke with a .364 clip, 12 hits and 10 stolen bases. Davis is coming off a 4-for-4 showing against NC Central on Tuesday, just the second four-hit performance in program history, joining teammate Rachel Abboud, who went 4-for-4 against Boston College on March 17, 2018.

Davis has been a stud on the base paths for Duke, going 10-for-10, including a pair of 3-for-3 showings in the last two contests to set and then tie the school single-game record. With six more steals, Davis will tie Jameson Kavel for the program recorrd of 16 set last season.

Got The Need, The Need For Speed...
The Blue Devils have been a terror on the base paths for opposing teams through the first 10 games of the year. Duke has 19 stolen bases, seven more than where they stood through 10 games last season. Those 19 are third in the ACC, while Duke’s 1.90 steals per game average is 33rd nationally. Last time out, the Blue Devils tallied six steals against NC Central, which set the program single-game record, which had been previously set the game before with five against Penn State on Feb. 17.

Walters Shines Against Penn State...
Freshman Shelby Walters was locked in from the get-go in Sunday’s 3-1 win against the Penn State Nittany Lions. Not even an hour and 23 minute rain delay could slow down the righty ace as she turned in her second complete game of the weekend and registered a career-high six strikeouts to earn her first-career victory.

Going Baaaaack To Back...
Wednesday’s win at Campbell featured a little bit of history courtesy of two of Duke’s newest members. With two on and no outs in the fifth, freshman Caroline Jacobsen blasted a three-run shot on the first pitch to left, just like she did in her first-career homer in Mexico. Freshman Kristina Foreman followed her lead, hitting a solo shot to right center to give Duke back-to-back home runs for the first time in history.

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