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Duke, JMU Meet for Doubleheader in Harrisonburg
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/16/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – For the final time this season, the Duke Blue Devils (23-23) will hit the road for a non-conference road matchup, as they head to Harrisonburg, Va., for a doubleheader against the No. 20 James Madison Dukes (31-7) on Wednesday, April 17.

The doubleheader is set to begin at 3 p.m. ET. Both games will be televised on NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus and NBC Sports Chicago Plus and will be streamed online at MadiZONE HD SportsNet.

Duke Blue Devils (23-23, 10-8 ACC)
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No. 20 James Madison Dukes (31-7, 11-1 CAA)
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Game 1
 Duke at No. 20 James Madison
 When: April 17 | 3:00 PM (ET)
 Where: Harrisonburg, Va.
 Venue: Veterans Memorial Park
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Game 2
 Duke at No. 20 James Madison
 When: April 17 | 5:00 PM (ET)
 Where: Harrisonburg, Va.
 Venue: Veterans Memorial Park
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Need To Know

  • Duke hits the road for its final non-conference road games of the 2019 season, facing off against No. 20 James Madison in a doubleheader in Harrisonburg, Va.
  • The Blue Devils picked up their fourth ACC series win last weekend in Syracuse, taking the final two games against the Orange. The weekend win ties last year’s single-season mark for series victories.
  • Wednesday’s games will be the first meetings between Duke and JMU. This season, the Blue Devils are 7-7 this season when facing an opponent for the first time.
  • Sophomore Peyton St. George has been dominant in the circle in the last five games, turning in a 0.62 ERA and 2-1 record with two saves. In 22.2 innings, she has 26 K’s and has allowed only two earned runs while holding batters to a .167 clip.
  • In their last 10 games, the Blue Devils have been paced offensively by the bats of Deja Davis and Jameson Kavel, who own .394 and .333 clips, respectively. Davis leads the team with 13 hits, seven RBI and six runs, while Kavel tops the team with a trio of doubles.
  • Kavel has been the queen of extra-base hits so far this year, tallying 20 through 46 games. Kavel leads the team with six triples after two in the series finale against Syracuse, a program single-game record. Those six triples are second in the ACC and fifth in the nation.
  • Davis has been Duke’s leader in non-conference matchups, owning a .333 average at the plate in 28 games. She tops the team with 33 hits and five triples in those contests. Caroline Jacobsen paces the team with 14 non-conference RBI, while Kavel paces the squad with 10 doubles.
  • One of the nation’s best behind the plate so far this season has been Jazmine Moreno, who leads the ACC and is tied for first in the nation with 13 runners caught stealing. She has three games this year with a pair of runners thrown out, all standing as single-game highs.

Team Two Against The Dukes...
This the first meeting in history between Duke and James Madison … Duke is 7-7 this season when playing an opponent for the first time … The Blue Devils are 0-1 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association this season.

Series Victory No. 4...
The Blue Devils picked up their fourth ACC series victory last weekend, taking the final two games from the Syracuse Orange in Upstate New York. The win gives Duke three series victories on the road this year, a single-season program record. It also ties last year’s overall series wins total with two more weekends to go.

Go DJ, That’s My DJ...
Deja Davis has been a stud on the base paths for Duke, going 17-for-18 in stolen bases, including a pair of 3-for-3 showings to set and then tie the school single-game record. Her 17 stolen bases surpass the program record of 16, set last year by Jameson Kavel.

The rookie infielder has also been a threat at the plate throughout the year, recording a team-leading 48 hits along with 24 runs, five triples, four doubles and a pair of homers. The rookie has recorded nine multi-hit performances since March began and leads the team in that category with 12 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.

Keep Em Guessing...
It’s been a year of changes when it comes to the lineup card for the Blue Devils. Through 46 games, they have turned in 35 different lineups by batting order and 19 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 four so far, while Duke has used the same lineup by position nine 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 ties for the lead 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).

Just Keep Hitting, Just Keep Hitting...
Sophomore first baseman Rachel Abboud has two school records of her own after Duke’s doubleheader sweep of Longwood two weeks ago. Abboud picked up hits in both contests to up her hit streak to nine-straight games, a program record. She also reached base safely for the 25th-straight contest, a school best.

St. George Shutting Batters Down...
Sophomore hurler Peyton St. George put on two masterful performances in the sweep of the Lancers on April 3. The righty went 2-0 behind a .072 ERA in 9.2 innings of work, tossing 10 strikeouts and scattering three hits while allowing just one run. She also held opposing batters to a .094 clip. St. George held the Lancers scoreless in eight of her 9.2 innings, only surrendering a first-inning home run in the second game of the day.

Before Virginia Tech’s two runs in the top of the seventh of game two last week, St. George had held opponents scoreless for 15.1 consecutive innings, the longest such streak in school history.

Triple Trouble...
The Blue Devils have established themselves as one of the top squads in the nation when it comes to tallying triples. Through 46 games, Duke has accumulated 19, which stands second in the ACC and surpasses its 2018 total of nine. Duke’s 0.41 triples per game average is second in the conference and fifth 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 20 XBH. Kavel is second in the ACC and up to fifth nationally in triples, while coming in at second in the conference and 18th in the NCAA with a 0.13 triples per game average. Kavel’s six also sets the program record for a single season, which she set last year.

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. For the year, the Blue Devils sport a .972 fielding percentage, which is third in the conference and up to 25th nationally.

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 team-best .318 average and leads the team with 29 runs scored, 13 doubles, six triples and a .507 slugging clip, 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. Kavel put up her second multi-double contest of the year in Duke’s matchup against Elon on March 6.

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 58 stolen bases, 30 more than where they stood through the first 46 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 four 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 16-1 when leading after five and 17-3 when taking the lead into the seventh. In their two years, Duke is 40-3 when leading after six innings.

On the flip side, Duke has struggled when trailing late, going 2-17 when down after five and 1-17 when losing through six. In their win in the series opener against Pitt, the Blue Devils picked up their first win in history when entering the seventh trailing (1-36). Duke’s loss to Elon on March 6 was its first defeat when leading entering the seventh in program history.

Making Sacrifices...
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 47 on the year, the squad leads the conference handedly, with the next closest team, Boston College, in the category tallying 29 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 24th nationally with 0.24 sacrifice bunts per game.

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