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Duke Set for Tuesday Twinbill at Charlotte
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/05/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – With their non-conference tournament schedule in the books, the Duke Blue Devils (12-6) are set to take on their first midweek contest in program history, as they face the Charlotte 49ers (6-10) for a Tuesday, March 5 doubleheader

First pitch from Sue M. Daughtridge Stadium is set for 4 p.m. ET, with game two following afterwards. Fans can watch the contests on C-USA TV, which requires a subscription.

Duke will look to improve upon its three-game winning streak after its successful weekend at home. Leading the way is freshman pitcher Amelia Wiercioch, who tops the team with a 1.11 ERA and also blasted the first grand slam in Duke softball history March 3 versus Lehigh. Haley Wymbs is the clubhouse leader with a .421 clip, while Jameson Kavel tops the Blue Devils with 21 hits, 14 runs scored, five doubles and three triples. She is also a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen bases, averaging 0.61 per game, good for second in the ACC and 39th nationally.

Following Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Blue Devils will head to Chapel Hill for their first ACC action in program history, taking on North Carolina March 9-11. All three contests will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.

Duke Blue Devils (12-6, 0-0 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

Charlotte 49ers (6-10, 0-0 C-USA)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results

Live Broadcast…
Tuesday night’s contests will be live streamed on C-USA TV. Fans can access the broadcast by going to www.Charlotte49ers.com or clicking the link below.

Duke at Charlotte C-USA TV Broadcast – Game 1
Duke at Charlotte C-USA TV Broadcast – Game 2

Live Stats…
Charlotte will provide live stats for Tuesday night’s game in Charlotte. To access those, go to www.Charlotte49ers.com or click the link below.

Duke at Charlotte Live Stats

Ticket Information…
Admission for Tuesday night’s doubleheader in Charlotte is free admission for all fans.

Weather
Tuesday, March 6 – High 49, Low 38; Rain (90%)

Last Time Out…
The Blue Devils closed out their final non-conference of their inaugural season with a 3-1 showing at the Duke Inaugural Tournament last weekend. After falling in game one, Duke reeled off three-straight wins, including the program’s first win in extra innings and first run-rule victory.

Friday, March 2
North Dakota State def. Duke, 10-4 (Recap, Stats)
Duke def. Yale, 4-3 [9] (Recap, Stats)

Saturday, March 3
Duke def. Lehigh, 5-3 (Recap, Stats)

Sunday, March 4
Duke def. Kent State, 8-0 [5] (Recap, Stats, Photos)

Need To Know…

  • The Blue Devils will take on Charlotte in the first non-tournament game in program history. Duke’s first 18 contests have all been parts of tournaments.
  • It is also the first midweek game in school history, following the four tournaments.
  • Tuesday’s doubleheader will be just the third and fourth true road games for the Blue Devils this season, and their first since the season-opening doubleheader at Florida Atlantic.
  • Duke heads into the doubleheader on a strong stretch, going 7-3 in their last 10 games and capturing the final three contests of the Duke Inaugural Tournament.
  • The Blue Devils will make their final preparations for ACC play on Tuesday as they open the league campaign with a three-game series at rival North Carolina starting on Friday.
  • On offense, three Blue Devils sport a .350-plus average, led by Haley Wymbs .421 clip and Jameson Kavel’s 21 hits, 14 runs, five doubles and three triples. Amelia Wiercioch is the clubhouse leader in runs batted in with 13 after hitting the first grand slam in program history last weekend.
  • The circle has been home to some of Duke’s strongest performances this season, as the staff owns a 1.67 ERA, ranked second in the ACC and 32nd nationally. Wiercioch leads the team with a 1.11 average after posting a 0.54 ERA during the Duke Inaugural Tournament. Peyton St. George leads the team with 33 strikeouts, while Katherine Huey tops the team with seven wins.
  • Huey was named the espnW National Player of the Week after a stellar showing during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge three weekends ago, becoming the first player in program history to earn a weekly honor of any kind.


A Year Of Firsts
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The Blue Devils’ inaugural campaign will be filled with a number of statistical firsts as the year goes on. With four weekends 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), 4-3

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 Scored: Raine Wilson (1st Inning, Amelia Wiercioch 2 RBI Double) vs. FAU (Game 1), 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 (L, 7-4 [8])

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, won 7-5)

Triple: Jameson Kavel (6th Inning) vs. Purdue, Feb. 16, 2018

One-Hitter: Amelia Wiercioch vs. Purdue, Feb. 16, 2018

Double Play Turned: 5-3 (Raine Wilson to Rachel Abboud) vs. Purdue, Feb. 17, 2018

Winning Streak: 5 Games (Feb. 16 vs. Penn State - Feb. 23 vs. Morgan State)

National POTW Honor: Katherine Huey (espnW), Feb. 21, 2018

Extra-Innings Win: March 2, 2018 vs. Yale (W, 4-3 [9])

Grand Slam: Amelia Wiercioch (4th Inning) vs. Lehigh, March 3, 2018

Run-Rule Victory: March 4, 2018 vs. Kent State (W, 8-0 [5])


Tournament Play In The Books...
With a 3-1 showing in the Duke Inaugural Tournament, the Blue Devils closed out their first non-conference tournament schedule in program history with a 12-6 record. Next up will be a Tuesday, March 6 doubleheader against Charlotte, the first non-tournament action in Duke softball history.

Wiercioch Blasts Program’s First Grand Slam...
To say Amelia Wiercioch had a good weekend at the Duke Inaugural Tournament is a bit of an understatement. Wiercioch picked up a win and a save while posting an impressive 0.54 ERA in four games, while picking up a team-high six RBI. However, the biggest highlight came against Lehigh (March 3), as she blasted a shot to centerfield with the bases juiced for the program’s first grand slam in history.

St. George Sets Program Strikeout Mark...
Duke’s first game of their weekend in Orlando was highlighted by the dominant performance in the circle from Peyton St. George. The freshman righty threw her first complete game shutout, retired the first 13 batters and held Morgan State hitless through the first 5.2 innings. To top it off, St. George fanned 12 batters throughout the contest, which currently stands as the most in a single game in program history.

Kavel Leading (Off) The Way...
Jameson Kavel has been the catalyst for the Blue Devil offense throughout the first four weekends, leading the team in seven different offensive categories and helping Duke to a 10-5 record when leading off the lineup. Kavel, who also tops the team with six multi-hit games, is a team-high 12-for-22 (.545) when leading off an inning. In her 15 contests as the Blue Devils’ leadoff hitter, she is 18-for-52 (.346) with 12 runs, nine RBI, four doubles, three triples and a home run, which she earned in Duke’s 5-0 win against Morgan State (Feb. 23).

Huey Honored By espnW...
After a weekend that saw her go 2-0 in the circle, strike out 10 batters, record the program’s first home run and tally eight RBI, freshman Katherine Huey caught the eye of the national media. For her efforts, she was named espnW’s National Player of the Week Feb. 21, making her the first player in program history to receive a weekly honor of any kind.

Early Inning Success...
Duke has found a majority of its offensive firepower in the early innings of its first 18 contests. The Blue Devils have 79 total runs scored after their first four weekends of action, with 38 of those coming in the first three frames. Duke has scored 18 in the first, the most of any frame. Production has ramped up in the middle innings recently, with 36 of Duke’s runs coming from the fourth to the sixth innings.

Double The Fun...
Through its first 18 games, Duke has tallied 30 doubles. That total stands second in the conference. The Blue Devils’ 1.67 doubles per game average is second in the ACC and up four spots to 18th nationally. Jameson Kavel and Raine Wilson lead the Blue Devils with five doubles each. A total of 13 Blue Devils have recorded a double through the program’s first three weekends.

Pitching Success...
Perhaps the strongest point of Duke’s game after its first four weekends in competition is its pitching unit. With a 1.67 ERA and a .227 opponent batting average, the Blue Devils’ staff stands second overall in the ACC in team pitching. The staff’s ERA enters the week ranked 32nd nationally.

Individually, the Blue Devils are led by freshman Katherine Huey, who has a team-high seven wins. Huey busted onto the scene in her first weekend in the collegiate game, tallying the program’s first win (Feb. 8 at FAU-1) and first complete game shutout (Feb. 9 vs. Michigan State) before earning espnW’s National Player of the Week honors after the second weekend of play.

Amelia Wiercioch tops the team with a 1.11 ERA, which is tied for fourth in the ACC. Peyton St. George is the team’s strikeouts leader with 33 and her 8.7 strikeouts per seven innings is good for fourth in the ACC and 41st nationally.

Kavel A Terror On The Base Paths...
She’s led off the lineup in 15 games, leads Duke with 62 at-bats and 21 hits and sports a .565 slugging percentage with team highs in doubles (5) and triples (3). But perhaps the best part of Jameson Kavel’s game so far? Her speed.

Through four weekends, Kavel has been a terror for opposing pitchers and catchers, going a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen bases. She currently averages 0.61 a game, good for second in the ACC and 39th nationally. After only picking up one in the opening weekend, Kavel recorded five during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, including two games with multiple steals.

On Deck…
Following Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Blue Devils will head to Chapel Hill for their first ACC action in program history, taking on North Carolina March 9-11. All three contests will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.

Social Media…
For more information on Duke softball, follow the Blue Devils on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for “DukeSoftball”. You can also find all-access coverage of all Duke athletic programs on SnapChat by searching for “dukeathletics”.

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