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Jameson Kavel
Duke Closes Regular Season Against Longwood & Campbell
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/04/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – It will be a split weekend for the Duke Blue Devils (29-23) to close out their first regular season, as they travel to Farmville, Va., to face Longwood (35-14) in a Saturday, May 5 doubleheader before hosting Campbell (26-24) Sunday, May 6 at the Duke Softball Stadium.

First pitch against the Lancers is set for 1 p.m. ET, with game two to follow approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first contest. After wrapping up their road slate, the Blue Devils close the regular season at home against the Camels in a 1:30 p.m. showdown. That contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.

Duke enters the weekend having won five-straight games and going 8-2 in its last 10 contests. The Blue Devils most recently swept the Virginia Cavaliers to close out their inaugural season of home play, capturing their third-straight conference series win.

Once the weekend wraps up, the Blue Devils will turn their attention to the 2018 ACC Tournament in Atlanta, Ga., Wednesday, May 9 – Saturday, May 12. Seeding will be officially set following the upcoming weekend where three ACC series are in action. All contests will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, with Saturday’s championship game nationally televised on ESPN.

Duke Blue Devils (29-23, 13-11 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

Longwood Lancers (35-14, 17-4 Big South)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results

Campbell Camels (26-24, 12-9 Big South)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results

Weekend Info…

Saturday, May 5
Duke at Longwood – 1:00 & 3:30 p.m. ET
Farmville, Va.
Lancer Field

Sunday, May 6
Duke vs. Campbell – 1:30 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Durham, N.C.
Duke Softball Stadium

Live Broadcast…
Saturday’s doubleheader at Longwood will not be streamed. However, Sunday’s contest against Campbell will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Fans can access the broadcast through WatchESPN.com, the ESPN app or by clicking the links below.

Duke vs. Campbell ACC Network Extra (Sunday, May 6)

Live Stats…
Longwood will provide live stats for Saturday’s doubleheader, while Duke will provide live stats for Sunday’s regular season finale. Fans can access them by clicking the links below.

Duke vs. Longwood Live Stats (Saturday, May 5)

Duke vs. Campbell Live Stats (Sunday, May 6)

Ticket Information…
Admission to all games this weekend will be free to all fans.

Weather…

Saturday, May 5High 76, Low 61; Thunderstorms (90%)
Sunday, May 6High 74, Low 57; Showers (50%)

Leading The Blue Devils…

Batting Average: Raine Wilson (.377)

Slugging Percentage: Raine Wilson (.584)

On-Base Percentage: Raine Wilson (.458)

Runs: Jameson Kavel & Raine Wilson (32)

Hits: Raine Wilson (58)

RBI: Raine Wilson (31)

Doubles: Raine Wilson (13)

Triples: Jameson Kavel (5)

Home Runs: Raine Wilson (5)

Stolen Bases: Jameson Kavel (14)

ERA: Amelia Wiercioch (1.88)

Wins: Amelia Wiercioch (11)

Strikeouts: Peyton St. George (94)

Opposing Batting Average: Peyton St. George (.226)

Innings Pitched: Amelia Wiercioch (141.2)

Last Time Out…
The Blue Devils took two of three at Virginia Tech last weekend, winning Saturday and Sunday after dropping the series opener. The series win gave Duke back-to-back ACC series victories for the first time in program history.

Friday, April 27
Duke def. Virginia, 3-2 (Recap, Stats)

Saturday, April 28
Duke def. Virginia, 9-1 [5] (Recap, Stats)

Sunday, April 29
Duke def. Virginia, 5-1 (Recap, Stats)

Need To Know…

  • The Blue Devils wrap up their inaugural regular season this weekend with a doubleheader at Longwood on Saturday before hosting Campbell on Sunday.
  • After sweeping Virginia last weekend, the Blue Devils have won three-straight ACC series for the first time in program history and finished conference play with four overall series wins.
  • Duke has won five-straight games and is 8-2 in its last 10 contests.
  • Late leads have been crucial to Duke’s success in 2018. When leading after five, the Blue Devils are 20-3, while holding a lead after six has them at a perfect 23-0 record.
  • The Duke offense has been fueled by Raine Wilson, who leads the team with a .377 average, 58 hits, 32 runs, 31 RBI, 13 doubles and five home runs. After leading Duke to its best offensive weekend to date against UVA, Wilson was named Duke’s Student-Athlete of the Week.
  • The Blue Devils’ leader in non-conference play has been Haley Wymbs, who tops the team with a .400 clip. Four players are hitting above .300 in non-ACC contests so far this year.
  • Duke’s pitching staff has been spearheaded by Amelia Wiercioch, who tops the squad with a 1.88 ERA and 11 wins. Wiercioch owns a scorching 1.06 ERA in non-conference action, going 6-2 and tossing a team-high 54 strikeouts in 72.2 innings of work.


A Year Of Firsts
...
The Blue Devils’ inaugural campaign will be filled with a number of statistical firsts as the year goes on. 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])

Walk-Off 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])

ACC Contest: March 9, 2018 at North Carolina (L, 2-1 [9])

Multi-Home Run Game: Raine Wilson at North Carolina (Game 1), March 10, 2018

Midweek Contest: March 14, 2018 at Charleston (W, 5-1)

ACC Victory: March 16, 2018 vs. Boston College (W, 4-3)

ACC Victory (Individual): Peyton St. Georgia vs. Boston College, March 16, 2018

Four-Hit Performance: Rachel Abboud vs. Boston College, March 17, 2018 (4-4)

ACC Series Victory: March 16-18, 2018 vs. Boston College

ACC Series Sweep: March 16-18, 2018 vs. Boston College

ACC Road Win: April 1, 2018 at Pitt (2-1)

ACC Double Play Turned: 4-6-3 (Kortney Dry to Jameson Kavel to Rachel Abboud vs. Georgia Tech (Game 1), April 6, 2018

ACC Series Rubber Match: April 8, 2018 vs. Georgia Tech (L, 5-3)

ACC Road Series Win: April 13-14, 2018 at Notre Dame

Inside-The-Park Home Run: Amelia Wiercioch (3rd Inning) at Notre Dame (Game 2); April 14, 2018

Multi-Double Play Game: Two at Virginia Tech; April 20, 2018

Back-to-Back ACC Series Wins: April 13-14, 2018 at Notre Dame & April 20-22, 2018 at Virginia Tech

ACC Run-Rule Win: April 28, 2018 vs. Virginia (W, 9-1 [5])

Three-Straight ACC Series Wins: April 13-14, 2018 at Notre Dame, April 20-22, 2018 at Virginia Tech & April 27-29 vs. Virginia

Scouting The Lancers...
Longwood enters Saturday on a five-game winning streak and is 9-1 in its last 10 games. Five players are hitting .300-plus for the Lancers, led by Kaylynn Batten, who owns a .376 clip with 53 hits, 41 RBI and eight home runs. Sydney Gay leads Longwood with a 1.84 ERA and a 24-9 record.

Scouting The Camels...
Campbell has been on a hot streak as of late, having won eight of its last nine contests. The Camels are led by Rachel McCollum, who tops the team with a .391 clip, 63 hits, 53 RBI, 45 runs, 18 homers and 17 doubles. Megan Richards is their leading pitcher with 16 wins and a 3.42 ERA.

Blue Devils Rout Virginia To Close Out ACC Play...
Duke closed out its first season of ACC play in dominating fashion, putting together its best series offensively in a sweep of the Cavaliers. The Blue Devils totaled 17 runs on 24 hits with 14 runs batted in, highlighted by a 9-1 run-rule win in game two, Duke’s first run-rule victory in ACC play. Raine Wilson led the way offensively going 4-for-8 with four runs, three RBI, a double and a triple with an .875 slugging clip and .600 OBP. For her efforts, Wilson was tabbed the Duke Student-Athlete of the Week.

Late Leads = Major Key...
One of the biggest deciding factors in a Duke victory has been where it stands on the scoreboard after the fifth and sixth innings. The Blue Devils are 20-3 when holding the lead after five innings of play and are a perfect 23-0 when leading after six. On the flip side, Duke is 3-17 when entering the sixth inning trailing and 0-15 when going into the seventh down.

New Program? No Problem...
Logic would state that a new athletics program will need time to build and grow before the winning comes. While that may be the case for most, don’t tell that to Marissa Young and her squad...

The Blue Devils are 29-23 so far this year, marking one of the best first years by an ACC softball program. Of the 12 current softball schools in the conference, Duke’s 29 first-year wins stand fifth, five behind Notre Dame’s 31 wins in 1989 for fourth place.

First Year Record of Current ACC Programs

  1. Florida State - 46-9 (1978)
  2. Louisville - 36-26 (2000)
  3. NC State - 32-27 (2004)
  4. Notre Dame - 31-23 (1989)
  5. Duke - 29-23 (2018)
  6. Syracuse - 24-23-1 (2000)
  7. Virginia - 19-14 (1980)
  8. Virginia Tech - 16-32 (1996)
  9. North Carolina - 13-18 (1977)
  10. Georgia Tech - 6-27 (1987)
  11. Boston College - 5-15 (1984)
  12. Pitt - 0-12 (1998)


St. George Rolls Through ACC Play...
Freshman Peyton St. George has been nearly unstoppable in ACC play so far this year. The Mechanicsville, Va., native is a perfect 6-0 in ACC play with a 1.40 ERA and .193 opposing batting average. Her ERA stands third in the league, while her opposing BA is fourth and her 51 strikeouts are tied for ninth.

More Runs The Merrier...
A majority of the Blue Devils’ success in 2018 has been factored on number of runs scored and how many runs their pitching staff allows. When Duke scores four or more runs in a contest, they are 22-7 as opposed to a 7-16 record when going below that mark. Its opponents have found its success in doing the same, as Duke is 4-17 when allowing four or more runs, but going 25-6 when holding its foes to three or less.

Spreading The Scoring Love...
After finding a majority of its offensive firepower in the early innings to start the season, Duke has now shifted to scoring a bulk of its runs in the later frames of play. The Blue Devils have 197 total runs scored so far this season, with 85 (43%) of those coming in the first three frames, while 90 (46%) have come from the fourth to the sixth innings. Duke’s 35 first inning runs are the most of any frame so far this season.

Double The Fun...
Duke has tallied 68 doubles so far this season, which is third in the ACC. The Blue Devils’ 1.31 doubles per game average is third in the ACC and 81st nationally. Raine Wilson leads the Blue Devils with 13 doubles, a total that stands second amongst conference players. A total of 13 Blue Devils have recorded a double so far this season, with 12 having tallied multiple.

Making It Raine...
The Blue Devils’ play at the plate has been driven by the bat of Raine Wilson, who tops the squad in nearly every offensive category as the inaugural season winds down. Wilson leads Duke with a .377 batting average, .584 slugging clip, .458 OBP, 58 hits, 31 RBI, 13 doubles and five home runs. Her doubles, hits and OBP are all top five in the league.

Wilson has also been a stud in ACC play, standing tied for first in the league with 31 hits, third with a .419 clip and 20 RBI, fifth with a .652 slugging clip, seventh with a .482 OBP and tied for eighth with four homers

Pitching Success...
Perhaps the strongest point of Duke’s game through its first year of competition is its pitching unit. With a 2.04 ERA, the Blue Devils’ staff stands second overall in the ACC in team pitching and enters the week ranked 26th in the nation. The staff also sports a 2.14 strikeout-to-walk ratio that is fourth in the ACC and 77th nationally.

Amelia Wiercioch tops the team with a 1.88 ERA, placing her fifth in the ACC and 79th nationally. Peyton St. George leads the team with 94 strikeouts, is tied for second in the ACC with just 24 earned runs allowed and is sixth with a 1.89 ERA.

Making Sacrifices...
Sometimes to be great, you’ve got to make some sacrifices. And for Rachel Abboud and Jazmine Moreno, they’ve been doing just that, excelling on the sacrifice fly/sac bunt front. Overall, the Blue Devils have tallied an ACC-leading 50 sacrifice hits and scored nine runs on sacrifice flies. Abboud is second in the ACC and 28th nationally with four sac flies, while Moreno’s 0.29 sac hits per game leads the ACC and is up to 14th in the NCAA. Moreno’s 15 sac bunts are also tops in the league.

On Deck…
Once the weekend wraps up, the Blue Devils will turn their attention to the 2018 ACC Tournament in Atlanta, Ga., Wednesday, May 9 – Saturday, May 12. Seeding will be officially set following the upcoming weekend where three ACC series are in action. All contests will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, with Saturday’s championship game nationally televised on ESPN.

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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