DURHAM, N.C. – Another standout day at the plate from freshman Deja Davis coupled with a dominating day in the circle from Peyton St. George keyed the Duke Blue Devils’ doubleheader sweep of the Longwood Lancers Wednesday afternoon at the Duke Softball Stadium.
Duke (19-19) reeled off a 6-3 win in game one and capped the night with a 4-1 game two victory against Longwood (21-13) to push its season-long winning streak to five-straight games.
The Blue Devils continue their seven-game home stand with a weekend series against the No. 24 Virginia Tech Hokies, starting at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, April 5. Games two and three are both set for 1 p.m., first pitches on Saturday and Sunday. All three contests will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
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Duke 6, Longwood 3 (Game One)
A Davis home run in the fifth and a two-RBI single in the sixth from the rookie would complete Duke’s comeback victory in game one, as the Blue Devils posted a 6-3 win. Longwood would jump out to a 3-0 lead before the Blue Devils rallied for their seventh comeback win of the season.
The Lancers plated the game’s first run in the opening frame thanks to a wild pitch from the Blue Devils after a double and a groundout put a runner on third. Longwood added two more runs in the second before St. George entered the game to shut down the Lancers for the remaining 5.1 frames.
Brianna Butler put the Blue Devils on the board in the home half of the second with a double to right, scoring Caroline Jacobsen and Raine Wilson to cut Longwood’s lead to 3-2. After a scoreless third and fourth, Davis stepped up to the plate and belted her second home run of the season to even the score at 3-3.
Duke pushed ahead in the sixth behind a pair of hits and one Longwood error. A Jazmine Moreno walk and Marissa Gagliano hit by pitch would load the bases for Davis, who would drop a single into center to score two and give Duke a 5-3 advantage. A failed rundown and a throwing error allowed Gagliano to take home on the next at-bat, pushing the score to 6-3, which Duke would hold for the final three outs to secure its first win against Longwood in program history.
Davis finished game one with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate with three RBI and her solo bomb. Wilson also turned in a multi-hit performance, going 2-for-2 with one run scored and a walk. St. George (5-4) picked up the win, striking out a season-high nine batters and scattering two hits.
Duke 4, Longwood 1 (Game Two)
Game two of the day began in similar fashion to the first, with Longwood plating a run in the opening frame to go ahead 1-0. The Lancers would send the first pitch of the ballgame to left for a solo home run to jump ahead early.
Duke evened the score in the third thanks to an infield single from Gagliano and a throwing error on the Lancers that allowed Dominique Salinas to score. An inning later, the Blue Devils pushed two runs home to jump ahead, 3-1, thanks to a Jameson Kavel double and Wilson single.
Kavel, who made an outstanding sliding catch in foul territory to end the Longwood fourth, added an insurance run in the sixth to make the Duke lead 4-1. The Blue Devils loaded the bases behind singles from Davis and Rachel Abboud along with a walk to Kristina Foreman. Kavel would line out to the center fielder, scoring Davis on the sacrifice fly.
St. George (6-4) picked up her second win of the day after earning the starting and going 4.1 innings with one run on one hit and a strikeout. Amelia Wiercioch (2) threw the final 2.2 frames, striking out two to pick up the save.
Davis finished game two with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate, capping her Wednesday with a 4-for-7 showing with three RBI, a home run and three runs scored. Kavel drove in two runs in the second game for her third multi-RBI performance of the season.
- The Blue Devils have won a season-best five-straight games with Wednesday’s two victories.
- Wednesday’s wins are the first in program history against Longwood, evening the series at 2-2 and giving Duke a 2-0 advantage against the Lancers in Durham.
- With two hits in each game, Deja Davis now leads the Blue Devils with 10 multi-hit games this season.
- Davis has recorded two-hit games in three of the last four contests.
- Rachel Abboud upped her career-long hitting streak to nine-straight games on Wednesday, setting a new program record. She has also reached base safely in a program-record 25-straight games.
- Raine Wilson has now hit safely in a career-best seven-straight games.