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Duke Closes Home Stand Against Pitt
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/14/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – A six-game home stand wraps up for the Duke Blue Devils (10-14, 1-2 ACC) this weekend, as they welcome the Pitt Panthers (3-19, 0-3 ACC) to the Duke Softball Stadium for the second weekend of conference play.

Due to inclement weather on Friday, the series opener has shifted up to a 12:30 p.m. ET first pitch. Saturday will remain a 1 p.m., start, with the Sunday series finale still slated for 12 p.m. All three contests will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.

Duke Blue Devils (10-14, 1-2 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

Pitt Panthers (3-19, 0-3 ACC)
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Game 1
 Duke vs. Pitt
 When: March 15 | 12:30 PM (ET)
 Where: Durham N.C.
 Venue: Duke Softball Stadium
 Watch Live: ACC Network Extra
 Live Stats

Game 2
 Duke vs. Pitt
 When: March 16 | 1:00 PM (ET)
 Where: Durham N.C.
 Venue: Duke Softball Stadium
 Watch Live: ACC Network Extra
 Live Stats

Game 3
 Duke vs. Pitt
 When: March 17 | 12:00 PM (ET)
 Where: Durham N.C.
 Venue: Duke Softball Stadium
 Watch Live: ACC Network Extra
 Live Stats

Need To Know

  • Duke welcomes Pitt to Durham for the first time in program history. The two sides met in Pittsburgh last season, with the Panthers taking two of three in the series.
  • The Blue Devils opened ACC play last weekend against rival North Carolina at the Duke Softball Stadium. After dropping the first two contests, Duke picked up a 2-1 win to close out the series, its first victory in program history against UNC.
  • Leading Duke through the first weekend of conference play is Jazmine Moreno, who went 4-for-8 with three doubles at the plate to go along with a scorching .875 slugging clip. Moreno is one of two Blue Devils hitting at least .400 in the last five games, tallying a .400 clip while Caroline Jacobsen is batting .462 in that stretch.
  • Moreno has been a beast behind the plate so far this season, leading the ACC with eight runners caught stealing. She has two games this season with a pair of runners thrown out, both standing as single-game highs.
  • Duke has been one of the nation’s best at producing triples, as the Blue Devils own 10 on the year which is second in the ACC and one more than they had all of last season. Their 0.42 triples/game are 10th in the nation. Jameson Kavel leads Duke with three, which currently stands 18th nationally and tied for second in the league.
  • Kavel has been a master when it comes to extra-base hits this season, leading the Blue Devils with nine doubles and three triples while tallying one home run for 13 XBH. Her three doubles against Kansas set the program single-game record. Her doubles total is ranked 16th in the nation.
  • It’s been a solid start to the collegiate career of Deja Davis, as the rookie infielder leads the team with a .292 clip, 24 hits and 14 stolen bases. She is currently two steals away from tying the single-season school record, set by Kavel last year.


Duke Hosts Pitt To Close Out Home Stand...
The Blue Devils remain at home for the second weekend of ACC play, hosting the Pitt Panthers at the Duke Softball Stadium. The three-game series wraps up a six-game home stand for the Blue Devils, which began last week with the ACC-opening series against North Carolina.

Team Two Against The Panthers...
Pitt owns a 2-1 lead in the series, taking the first two last year in Pittsburgh before Duke closed out the series with a 2-1 win … This year will be Pitt’s first trip to Durham … Peyton St. George tossed a complete game in the win, allowing just three hits and striking out seven, while Rachel Abboud contributed her second home run of the season … Pitt is making its second trip this year to The Triangle, as it was in Raleigh, N.C., for the 2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge … Pitt has lost its last five games after dropping all three to Virginia last weekend and falling 4-1 to Liberty on Wednesday.

Duke Picks Up First Win Against UNC...
After dropping the first two games of the series, including a tight 4-2 decision in the opener, the Blue Devils closed out the weekend with a 2-1 victory against the Tar Heels. The win is the first in program history for Duke against its rival. The Blue Devils were paced by Brianna Butler in the circle, as the sophomore tossed a complete game, one-run performance against the Tar Heels to pick up her fourth win of the season. Kristina Foreman paced the Duke offense, driving in the two runs with a single in the first.

PSA: Do. Not. Run. On. Jazz...
Redshirt sophomore Jazmine Moreno has been second to none behind the plate this season for the Blue Devils, throwing out an ACC-leading eight runners trying to steal. Twice this season, Moreno has recorded a pair of RTO’s, both career highs. Most recently, No. 30 threw out a pair of runners in Duke’s series opener against North Carolina last Friday.

Moreno has not just been impressive behind the plate, but at it as well. The catcher led Duke through the first weekend of ACC play with a 4-for-8 (.500) showing against UNC, recording three doubles, a scorching .875 slugging percentage and not striking out once. Over the last 10 games, she is hitting a team-high .350 with seven hits, three doubles and four sac bunts and has only struck out once in 20 at-bats.

Metzger Madness...
Reilly Metzger has her senior season off to a riveting start, standing toward the top of the charts when it comes to offensive production as Duke heads into week two of ACC play. Metzger is second on the team with a .290 clip and has driven in seven runs so far this year. Over the last 10 games, the Boerne, Texas, native is batting .304, one of four Blue Devils with a .300-plus average over that stretch.

In the final non-conference tournament of the year, Metzger had a weekend to remember. The utility player recorded a scorching .455 average at the plate, going 5-for-11 with six runs batted in and zero strikeouts. Metzger was the catalyst on three crucial plays for Duke over the weekend. She drove in the game-tying run in the top of the seventh with two outs against Mississippi State via sac fly and then had an RBI groundout in the bottom of the seventh against Kansas to push the game to extras. Her weekend culminated with the walk-off single in the 7-6 win against the Jayhawks.

Go DJ, That’s My DJ...
It’s been a solid start to the career of Deja Davis, as the rookie infielder enters the week with a team-high .293 batting average, 24 hits and 14 stolen bases. Davis put together a 4-for-4 showing against NC Central three weeks ago, just the second four-hit performance in program history. She joined teammate Rachel Abboud in the four-hit club, who went 4-for-4 against Boston College on March 17, 2018.

Davis has also been a stud on the base paths for Duke, going 14-for-14 in stolen bases, including a pair of 3-for-3 showings to set and then tie the school single-game record. With two more steals, Davis will tie Jameson Kavel for the program record of 16 set last season. Her 14 steals are tied for second in the ACC.

Jameson Doubles Down...
One of the most consistent forces for the Blue Devil bats this year has been sophomore outfielder Jameson Kavel. Kavel, who owns a .282 average and leads the team with a .513 slugging clip, 15 runs scored, nine doubles and three triples, has hit safely in eight of the last 11 games.

It was a day of doubles for Kavel in Duke’s extra-innings win against Kansas. The sophomore outfielder went 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in two runs, with all three of her hits being for two bases. Her three doubles made her the first player in school history to record at least three in a game. Kavel put up her second multi-double contest of the year in Duke’s last Wednesday matchup against Elon.

Butler Settling In As Duke’s Ace...
As the season heads into the second weekend of ACC play, Brianna Butler has transformed into one of the top pitchers in the conference. With a team-best 4-1 record and 1.94 ERA (T9th in ACC), Butler has established herself as one of the top options in Duke’s pitching arsenal, especially after her dominant showing in the series finale against UNC. The righty tossed her second complete game of the season, allowing one run on three hits and striking out four, including getting two swinging in the seventh to close out Duke’s first win against UNC in program history.

After tossing five scoreless innings of relief work against the Elon Phoenix last Wednesday, Butler reached a career-high 8.1 consecutive scoreless innings. Even though the streak is over, Butler has still been impressive over Duke’s last 10 games, going 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA, 21 strikeouts and a .168 opposing average in 29.1 innings of work.

Triple Trouble...
Through the first five weeks of the season, the Blue Devils have established themselves as one of the top squads in the nation when it comes to tallying triples. Through 24 games, Duke has accumulated 10 triples, which stands second in the ACC and surpasses its 2018 total of nine. Duke’s 0.42 triples per game average is also second in the conference and 10th nationally.

Jameson Kavel leads the squad with three triples on the year, cementing her status as the master of getting extra bases so far this season (team-high 13 XBH). Kavel’s three stand second in the ACC and 18th nationally, while her 0.13 triples/game clip is third in the league and 64th in the NCAA. She is just two triples away from tying the program single-season record, which she set last year with five.

Defensive Excellence...
Earlier this season, Duke put together one of its best defensive stretches in program history, not committing an error in five-straight games from March 2 against Mississippi State to March 6 at Elon. The stretch of five-game stretch is a program record, besting the four-straight contests from last year set through the first four games in the Citrus Classic (Feb. 23-24) in Orlando, Fla.

Got The Need, The Need For Speed...
The Blue Devils have been a terror on the base paths for opposing teams so far this year. Duke has 31 stolen bases, 11 more than where they stood through the first 24 games of last season. Three weeks ago, the Blue Devils tallied six steals against NC Central, which set the program single-game record. That mark had been previously set the game before with five against Penn State on Feb. 17. After recording just one game of at least four steals last year, Duke has three so far this season.

Late Lead = Major Key...
Holding the lead late is a major key to success for Marissa Young’s squad over the first two years of the program. This year, the Blue Devils are 8-1 when leading after five and 9-1 when taking the lead into the seventh. In their two years, Duke is 32-1 when leading after six innings.

On the flip side, Duke has struggled when trailing late, going 1-11 when down after five and 0-11 when losing through six. The Blue Devils are still seeking their first comeback win when entering the seventh down (0-30). Duke’s loss to Elon was its first defeat when leading entering the seventh in program history.

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