DURHAM, N.C. – Despite holding the No. 24 Virginia Tech Hokies (33-5, 13-2 ACC) to their lowest ACC series scoring output of the year, the Duke Blue Devils (19-22, 8-7 ACC) dropped the series finale on Sunday in a tight 2-1 decision at the Duke Softball Stadium.
The Hokies used a one-run fourth inning to go ahead for good to secure the weekend sweep. After Tech plated the game’s first run with a solo home run in the top half of the second, the Blue Devils evened the score thanks to a fielding error on the Hokies. Caroline Jacobsen led off the inning with her eighth double of the year, eventually landing on third via a passed ball. Two batters later, a fielding mishap on Tech’s first baseman allowed Marissa Gagliano to reach first safely and score Jacobsen to level the game at 1-1.
Duke nearly jumped ahead in the third, loading the bases with two outs before a groundout helped VT escape the jam. A pair of singles in the next half inning scored the go-ahead run, giving the Hokies a 2-1 lead they would hold on to for the final three frames of play.
Along with Jacobsen, Deja Davis and Rachel Abboud tallied hits on the day for the Blue Devils. Peyton St. George earned the start, going 2.2 innings and striking out three while allowing just one run on three hits. Shelby Walters (4-10) tossed the final 4.1 frames, striking out a pair of Hokies along the way.
The seven-game home stand comes to a close this week for the Blue Devils, as they host Radford and Charlotte at the Duke Softball Stadium. Duke and Radford square off on Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. ET, before hosting Charlotte on Wednesday, April 10 at 4 p.m. Both matchups will be featured on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
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- The Blue Devils held the No. 24 Hokies to just two runs in the series finale, the fourth time this season that Tech has been held to two or fewer runs in a contest.
- Duke kept Virginia Tech to just 11 runs on the weekend, the team’s lowest offensive output of the season in an ACC series.