DURHAM, N.C. - Thanks to the program's first grand slam courtesy of Amelia Wiercioch, the Duke Blue Devils (11-6) took down the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (2-6) to the tune of 5-3 to close out day two of the Duke Inaugural Tournament on Saturday.
The Blue Devils used eight hits and five runs batted in to power past the Mountain Hawks, riding Wiercioch's fourth-inning grand slam to erase a two-run Lehigh lead and put the home side ahead for good.
Lehigh struck first on a fielding error, going up 1-0 and holding the lead until a Jameson Kavel RBI double in third tied things up. Reilly Metzger led things off with a walk and was then moved to second on a sac bunt from Haley Wymbs, setting up Kavel’s double to bring her home.
The visitors jumped back in front a half inning later, using a double and single to drive in a pair of runs and go up 3-1 before the Blue Devils jumped ahead in the fourth. Raine Wilson got things going with a one-out single through the left side, before Brianna Butler followed immediately with a single to right to put two on the bases. A fielder’s choice from Katherine Huey loaded the bases and brought Wiercioch to the plate, who unloaded on an 0-1 pitch and sent it over the wall and onto the grass in center for the grand slam.
The Mountain Hawks were able to get one more runner on with a defensive error in the sixth, but nothing more. Duke used the combo of Huey and Wiercioch in the circle to shut down the visitors and seal the 5-3 victory.
Huey drew the start and threw 4.0 innings of work while stricking out two to pick up her seventh win of the season. Wiercioch came in for 3.0 innings of relief to pick up her second save of the season.
The Blue Devils will close out the weekend against Kent State, with first pitch set for 12:30 p.m. ET. The contest will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
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2018 Duke Inaugural Tournament Schedule…
Friday, March 2
Game 1 – Kent State def. Lehigh, 8-6
Game 2 – Kent State def. Yale, 3-2
Game 3 – North Dakota State def. 10-4
Game 4 – Duke def. Yale, 4-3 (9)
Saturday, March 3
Game 5 – Lehigh def. Yale, 7-2
Game 6 – North Dakota State def. Yale, 3-0
Game 7 – Duke def. Lehigh, 5-3
Game 8 – Kent State vs. North Dakota State – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 4
Game 9 – North Dakota State vs. Lehigh – 10:00 a.m.
Game 10 – Duke vs. Kent State – 12:30 p.m.
* All times Eastern
* Team listed first is home team
The remainder of Duke’s contests this weekend will be available via ACC Network Extra. Fans can access the broadcast by going to WatchESPN.com, using the ESPN app or clicking the links below.
Duke vs. Kent State (Sunday, March 4) ACC Network Extra Broadcast
Duke will provide live stats for all 10 games this weekend. To access those, go to www.GoDuke.com/softball or click the links below.
Sunday, March 4
North Dakota State vs. Lehigh Live Stats
Duke vs. Kent State Live Stats
All 10 games of the Duke Inaugural Tournament, as well as all Duke softball home events, are free admission.
Sunday, March 4 – High 54, Low 31; Sunny (0%)
A Year Of Firsts...
The Blue Devils’ inaugural campaign will be filled with a number of statistical firsts as the year goes on. With one weekend in the books, here is a look at the firsts accomplished by Team One so far.
Game: Feb. 8, 2018 vs. FAU (Game 1)
Win (Team): Feb. 8, 2018 vs. FAU (Game 1)
Win (Individual): Katherine Huey vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
At-Bat: Jameson Kavel vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Pitch: Amelia Wiercioch vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Baserunner: Jameson Kavel (Walked, 1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Hit: Amelia Wiercioch (Double, 1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Single: Rachel Abboud (3rd Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Double: Amelia Wiercioch (1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Walk: Jameson Kavel (1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Hit By Pitch: Ashleigh Rodriguez (7th Inning) vs. FAU (Game 2), Feb. 8, 2018
Run Batted In: Amelia Wiercioch (1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Sacrifice Hit: Jazmine Moreno (SAC Bunt, 1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Sacrifice Fly: Rachel Abboud (5th Inning) vs. FAU (Game 2), Feb. 8, 2018
Strikeout: Amelia Wiercioch (Strikeout Looking) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Stolen Base: Dominique Salinas (2nd Inning) vs. FAU (Game 2), Feb. 8, 2018
Complete Game: Katherine Huey vs. Michigan State, Feb. 9, 2018
Shutout: Katherine Huey vs. Michigan State, Feb. 9, 2018
Complete Game Shutout: Katherine Huey vs. Michigan State, Feb. 9, 2018
Extra Innings Game: Feb. 10, 2018 vs. Boston University
Home Run: Katherine Huey (2-Run, 4th Inning) vs. Penn State, Feb. 16, 2018
Save: Amelia Wiercioch vs. Penn State, Feb. 16, 2018
Comeback Win: Feb. 16, 2018 vs. Penn State (Trailed 5-0 in T3)
Triple: Jameson Kavel (6th Inning) vs. Purdue, Feb. 16, 2018
One-Hitter: Amelia Wiercioch vs. Purdue, Feb. 16, 2018
Winning Streak: 4 Games (Feb. 16 vs. Penn State - Present)
National POTW Honor: Katherine Huey (espnW), Feb. 21, 2018
Grand Slam: Amelia Wiercioch (4th Inning) vs. Lehigh, March 3, 2018