DURHAM, N.C. – The second season officially begins on Thursday, May 9 for the No. 6 Duke Blue Devils (25-30), as they open the 2019 ACC Tournament against the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (35-15) at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla.
First pitch in the quarterfinal matchup is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on RSN. Fans can also catch the action online at FoxSportsGo.com. The winner of Thursday night's contest will face the either No. 2 Florida State, No. 7 Georgia Tech or No. 10 Virginia on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
No. 6 Duke Blue Devils (25-30, 11-13 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes
No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (35-15, 18-6 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes
|ACC Tournament Quarterfinals|
| No. 6 Duke vs. No. 3 Notre Dame
|When: May 9 | 7:30 PM (ET)|
|Where: Tallahassee, Fla.|
|Venue: JoAnne Graf Field|
|TV Broadcast: RSN|
|Live Stream: FoxSportsGo|
Need To Know
- The Blue Devils return to the postseason in year two, capturing the No. 6 seed (highest in program history) to set up a quarterfinals battle against No. 3 Notre Dame on Thursday.
- Duke holds a 3-1 advantage in the series against the Fighting Irish, including a 7-3 victory to open the 2019 season in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Freshman Deja Davis led the charge for Duke, going 2-for-3 with two stolen bases in the win.
- Sophomore Peyton St. George racked up All-ACC honors for the second-straight year, landing on the conference’s second team after a dominant ACC season. Last year she reeled in ACC All-Freshman Team laurels.
- St. George was nothing short of dominant in ACC play this season, finishing top 10 in the league in runs allowed (13, T-2nd), opposing batting average (.196, T-2nd), earned runs allowed (12, 3rd), ERA (1.83, 4th), hits allowed (32, 5th) and strikeouts (44, 9th).
- In their last 10 games, the Blue Devils have been paced offensively by the bat of Deja Davis, who owns a .419 clip and .455 OBP. During that stretch, she tops the team with 13 hits and seven stolen bases. Raine Wilson leads the team with a .655 slugging percentage, as well as in RBI (8), runs scored (6) and home runs (4).
- Davis upped her season total for stolen bases to 24 after the series at Florida State. She is the first player in Duke softball history to record 20-plus stolen bases in a single season.
- Rookie Shelby Walters showed out in Duke’s ACC home series finale, tying the program’s single-game record for strikeouts with 12 in the opener against NC State. St. George set the record last year against Morgan State.
- Outfielder Jameson Kavel has been the queen of extra-base hits so far this year, tallying 21 through 55 games. Kavel leads the team with 14 doubles and six triples, both single-season program records. She currently stands second in the ACC and 10th nationally in total triples.
Team Two Against The Fighting Irish...
Duke owns a 3-1 advantage in the series against Notre Dame, including a 1-0 mark this year … The Blue Devils are 1-0 against the Fighting Irish on neutral ground after a 7-3 victory to open the 2019 season in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico … Notre Dame secured the No. 3 seed after sweeping Georgia Tech to close out the regular season last weekend … The Irish are led by ACC Player of the Year Cait Brooks, the first player in program history to reel in the honor ... Notre Dame placed six total players on All-ACC teams, including three on the All-ACC First Team.
St. George One Of The ACC’s Best...
For a second-straight year, Peyton St. George was awarded for her dominance in ACC play. The righty was named All-ACC Second Team on Wednesday after earning ACC All-Freshman laurels last year. St. George finished top 10 in six different categories in ACC-only matches: runs allowed (13, T-2nd), opposing batting average (.196, T-2nd), earned runs allowed (12, 3rd), ERA (1.83, 4th), hits allowed (32, 5th) and strikeouts (44, 9th).
Back To The Postseason...
The Blue Devils return to the ACC Tournament in year two of the program, capturing the No. 6 seed, the highest in school history. Last year, Duke was the No. 7 seed, but fell in a tight battle to No. 10 Virginia Tech. A win on Thursday would give Duke its first ACC Tourney win in program history, advancing them to the semifinals.
The Blue Devils brought their second season at the Duke Softball Stadium to a close on Tuesday in winning fashion, taking down East Carolina, 4-1, to finish the year with a 14-14 record at home and 31-21 mark over the two seasons. A two-run home run from Kristina Foreman and two-run single from Marissa Gagliano paced Duke’s offense, while Brianna Butler tossed 6.0 flawless innings to pick up her ninth win of the season.
Making It Raine...
Raine Wilson has been known to bring the power to the plate and could not have been more evident than in game two of the series against NC State. Wilson led off the inning with a solo home run to straightaway center before hitting a two-run jack to left to close out an eight-run second inning by the Blue Devils, the highest scoring inning in program history. Wilson became the first player in school history to record two home runs in the same inning with her performance and also became the first Blue Devil to crack 10 homers for her career, currently owning 12.
Strikeouts On Strikeouts On Strikeouts...
Freshman Shelby Walters had a lights-out performance in the series opener against NC State last Friday, tossing 12 strikeouts against the Wolfpack. Her 12 K’s tied the program single-game record, which was set last season by Peyton St. George against Morgan State on Feb. 23, 2018 in Orlando, Fla.
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. For the year, the Blue Devils sport a .974 fielding percentage, which is first in the conference and up to 19th nationally.
DJ On A Tear...
Freshman Deja Davis has been on fire from the plate over the last 10 games, pacing the Blue Devils with a scorching .419 clip. She also leads the team during that stretch with a .455 on-base percentage. Davis has posted team highs with 13 hits and seven stolen bases. The team-leader with 15 multi-hit performances this season, Davis has posted five multi-hit showings over the last 15 games, with two of those contests being three-hit games.
The rookie infielder has been a threat at the plate throughout the year as a whole, recording a team-leading .328 clip and 61 hits along with 30 runs, five triples, five doubles and a pair of homers. The rookie has recorded 12 multi-hit performances since March began and leads the team in that category with 15 this year. Davis put together a 4-for-4 showing against NC Central on Feb. 19, one of three four-hit performances in program history.
Her 61 hits put her two away from setting the school single-season record, owned by Raine Wilson.
Keep Em Guessing...
It’s been a year of changes when it comes to the lineup card for the Blue Devils. Through 55 games, they have turned in 37 different lineups by batting order and 20 different ones by position. Duke used a different batting order through the first 22 games of the season. The most games the same batting order has seen is seven so far, while Duke has used the same lineup by position 15 times.
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 13 runners trying to steal, which also stands top 25 in the nation. Three times this season, Moreno has recorded a pair of RTO’s, all career highs. Most recently, No. 30 threw out a pair of runners in Duke’s series-opening win against Pitt (March 15).
For the second-straight season, the Blue Devils are one of the best in the ACC when it comes to dropping the sacrifice bunt. With 50 on the year, the squad leads the conference handedly, with the next closest team, Boston College, in the category tallying 37 this year. Three Blue Devils stand in the top 10 of the ACC in sac bunts, with Jazmine Moreno leading the way with 11. She is also tops in the ACC and 46th nationally with 0.20 sacrifice bunts per game.
The Blue Devils have established themselves as one of the top squads in the nation when it comes to tallying triples. Through 55 games, Duke has accumulated 19, which stands second in the ACC and surpasses its 2018 total of nine. Duke’s 0.35 triples per game average is second in the conference and 10th in the NCAA.
Jameson Kavel leads the Blue Devils with six triples so far. Kavel has cemented her status as the master of getting extra bases so far this season with a team-high 21 XBH. Kavel is second in the ACC and 10th nationally in triples, while coming in at fourth in the conference and 29th in the NCAA with a 0.11 triples per game average. Kavel’s six also marks the program record for a single season, which she set last year.
The XBH Queen Holding Court...
One of the most consistent forces for the Blue Devil bats this year has been sophomore outfielder Jameson Kavel. Kavel, who owns a .293 average and leads the team with 30 runs scored, 21 extra-base hits, 14 doubles and six triples, became the third player in school history with a four-hit game in the Friday contest at Georgia Tech. The sophomore went 4-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, two more driven in and a double.
It was a day of doubles for Kavel in Duke’s extra-innings win against Kansas on March 2. 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.
Go DJ, That’s My DJ...
Deja Davis has been a stud on the base paths for Duke, going 24-for-25 in stolen bases, including three of 3-for-3 showings to set and then tie the school single-game record. Her 24 stolen bases surpass the program record of 16, set last year by Jameson Kavel, making her the first player in school history to record 20-plus steals in a single season.
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 68 stolen bases, 30 more than where they stood through the first 55 games of last season. Earlier this year, 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 five 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 18-1 when leading after five and 19-3 when taking the lead into the seventh. In their two years, Duke is 42-3 when leading after six innings.
Duke has struggled when trailing late, going 2-21 when down after five and 1-21 through six. In the series-opening win versus Pitt, Duke picked up its first win when trailing into the seventh (1-41). Duke’s loss to Elon was its first defeat when leading entering the seventh in program history.
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