SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Clutch offense and standout pitching helped the Duke Blue Devils (23-23, 10-8 ACC) pick up a pair of wins against the Syracuse Orange (18-22, 7-8 ACC) on Saturday, securing their fourth ACC series win of the season.
A two-run double from Deja Davis highlighted a four-run fifth inning in game one, propelling Duke to a 5-1 victory to even the series. The Blue Devils secured the weekend win with a 3-2 victory in the series finale behind an RBI triple from Jameson Kavel in the sixth, one of two triples on the day for the sophomore. Peyton St. George starred in the circle for Duke, picking up a complete game victory in game one before securing her second save of the season in the finale.
Duke remains on the road for its next two contests, taking on No. 20 James Madison in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 17 in Harrisonburg, Va. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. ET, with game slated to follow at 5:30 p.m.
Duke 5, Syracuse 1 (Game One)
Davis turned in her team-leading 12th multi-hit game of the season, highlighted by a clutch double in the fifth that would drive in the go-ahead run, propelling Duke to a 5-1 victory that evened the series at a game apiece. The win also gave Duke its first victory against Syracuse in program history.
Syracuse opened the scoring with a run in the first thanks to two hits and a Blue Devil error. Both sides would total two hits over the next three innings until Duke broke the game open with a four-run fifth inning. Kavel opened the inning with a walk and moved into scoring position on a stolen base. After Brianna Butler reached safely thanks to a Syracuse error, Marissa Gagliano tied the game at 1-1 with a single to right. Gagliano would steal second to put two Blue Devils in scoring position, setting up Davis’ two-RBI double. Rachel Abboud would finish off the inning with a single to right, scoring Davis to make it 4-1.
Duke would add one more run in the seventh, as Haley Wymbs drove home Dominique Salinas with a base hit, her first RBI of the year. St. George worked around a leadoff double in the home half of the seventh to shut down the Orange and secure her second complete game victory of the week.
St. George (8-5) threw all 7.0 innings and allowed just one run, unearned, and scattered six hits while striking out eight. Davis finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in. Five other Blue Devils tallied hits, including Salinas, who recorded her second double of the season in the seventh inning.
Duke 3, Syracuse 2 (Game Two)
Kavel played the role of hero in the series-clinching win to close out the day, delivering her second triple of the contest to drive home the winning run in the sixth as Duke defeated Syracuse, 3-2.
The win gives Duke its fourth ACC series win of the season, which ties the program record. The Blue Devils’ three other series wins came against Pitt, Virginia and Georgia Tech.
Duke struck first in the series finale with two runs in the second inning. Kavel recorded her first triple to set the table for a Caroline Jacobsen RBI double to center, making it 1-0. Jazmine Moreno brought home the second run of the frame, scoring Jacobsen with a base knock to left.
Syracuse would respond in the third, tying the game at 2-2 behind three hits. Pitching would take over for both sides in the fourth and fifth until Duke jumped ahead for good in the sixth. With two outs on the board, Raine Wilson singled to center and moved to second on a wild pitch, eventually crossing home plate thanks to Kavel’s triple to right.
St. George (2) closed down the game with a 1-2-3 sixth inning and working around a leadoff walk in the seventh for the save. Butler (7-3) tossed 2.0 innings in relief, keeping Syracuse off the board and allowing only two hits. Shelby Walters earned the start, going 3.0 innings and striking out one.
Duke finished the series finale with six hits, paced by Kavel’s two-triple day, setting the program single-game record. Kavel now owns six triples on the year, which sets the single-season program record.
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- With their win in the day’s first game, Duke picked up its first victory in program history against Syracuse.
- Duke picked up its fourth ACC series win of the season, tying last year’s mark. This season, the Blue Devils have taken series from Syracuse, Pitt, Virginia and Georgia Tech.
- Jameson Kavel tallied two triples in the series finale, setting the program single-game record.
- Kavel now has six triples on the year, which sets the program single-season record.
- Deja Davis picked up two hits in the day’s first game, recording her team-leading 12th multi-hit game of the season.
- Jazmine Moreno caught a runner stealing in the day’s first game, her 13th of the season, which leads the ACC and is tied for first in the nation.
- With her save in game two, Peyton St. George set a career high with her second save of the season.
- St. George also set a career mark with her third complete game of the year.