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Duke Opens Fall with Twinbill against Appalachian State
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/22/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – Team Two will take the field for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 23, as the Duke Blue Devils host the Appalachian State Mountaineers in a doubleheader to open the 2018 fall schedule.

First pitch from the Duke Softball Stadium is set for 2 p.m. ET. The second contest is set to begin approximately 30 minutes following game one.

Duke is coming off an impressive inaugural season that saw it rack up 29 wins and earn the No. 7 seed in the 2018 ACC Tournament. The 29 victories finished as the fifth most amongst first-year ACC programs. Also adding to the Blue Devils’ impressive first season were the three conference honors it reeled in, as Raine Wilson was named All-ACC First Team while Rachel Abboud and Peyton St. George were named ACC All-Freshman Team.

After the Sunday fall opener, the Blue Devils will travel to Greensboro, N.C., to take on the UNCG Spartans on Sunday, Sept. 30. First pitch for that contest is set for 2 p.m. ET.

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

Blue Devils Set for Eight-Game Fall Slate…
The Blue Devils’ fall slate consists of eight contests, with six of those coming from the friendly confines of the Duke Softball Stadium. Four of Duke’s contests feature opponents from its inaugural season: Elon, Longwood, East Carolina and NC State.

Roster Breakdown…
The Blue Devils enter the 2018-19 season with a 22-player roster. Duke returns 14 players from its inaugural season while adding eight, including a grad transfer.

Graduate: 1 (Marissa Gagliano)
1 (Reilly Metzger)
Redshirt Junior: 1 (Haley Wymbs)
Junior: 2 (Dominique Salinas and Raine Wilson)
Redshirt Sophomore: 3 (Hannah Pridemore, Emilie Cieslak and Jazmine Moreno)
Sophomore: 7 (Jameson Kavel, Katherine Huey, Peyton St. George, Makenna Lutterloh, Amelia Wiercioch, Brianna Butler and Rachel Abboud)
Freshman: 7 (Caroline Jacobsen, Angie Biele, Shelby Walters, Deja Davis, Kristina Foreman, Kylie Coffelt and Kyla Morris)

Gagliano Joins Blue Devils as Graduate Student…
One of the top players in the Big South Conference will call Durham home this year, as head coach Marissa Young and the Duke softball program announced the addition of infielder Marissa Gagliano, a transfer from Radford, to the roster.

The Riviera Beach, Fla., native will join the Blue Devils as a graduate student after a standout career with the Highlanders. In 2018, Gagliano was the catalyst for the Radford offense, leading the squad in batting average (.361), hits (65), runs (46), doubles (16), total bases (94), slugging percentage (.522), on-base percentage (.453) and stolen bases (20). She was also one of the best in the conference at the plate, standing top 10 in the Big South in seven offensive categories and top five in runs scored and doubles.

Gagliano played and started in all 171 of Radford’s contests over the last three seasons, including a 2016 campaign where she landed All-Big South Second Team honors. She has also starred in the classroom, landing Big South All-Academic honors this past season and being named a member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll in 2016.

Duke Signs Eight, Lands No. 13 Class in the Nation…
A total of eight players make up the Blue Devils’ 2018 class, with five of those ranked in FloSoftball’s Top 200 and three within the Top 100, which is the most amongst ACC schools. Duke holds the second-highest ranked class amongst ACC programs, falling just one spot behind 2017 Women’s College World Series participant Florida State.

Kristina Foreman, Angie Biele, Shelby Walters, Kylie Coffelt, Caroline Jacobsen, Deja Davis and Kyla Morris joined the program over the summer and will get their first on-field experience with the Blue Devils this fall. Brianna Butler, the eighth member of the class, joined the Blue Devils in January 2018 and finished the season going 1-2 in the circle while picking up nine hits, five runs batted in and a double at the plate.

Blue Devils Heading to Mexico in 2019…
For the first time in program history, the Duke softball program will head outside the United States as the Blue Devils will take part in the 2019 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge Feb. 7-10.

The Blue Devils will take part in the first session of the tournament, which also includes Baylor, BYU, Liberty, South Carolina, Washington and ACC foes Notre Dame and North Carolina. The first session has seven teams that reached the 2018 NCAA Tournament, including Women’s College World Series finalist Washington and Super Regional participant South Carolina.

Fanning Joins Blue Devil Staff as Equipment Manager…
It’s only been a couple of months since Allison Fanning made her way to Durham as Duke’s newest assistant equipment operations manager and in that time she’s already made an impact overseeing the Blue Devils’ two East Campus programs of softball and field hockey.

Fanning joined the Duke athletics family in July of 2018 after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2018 with a degree in history. During her time as an undergrad Fanning working as a student equipment manager for the Oklahoma softball program, which captured two Women’s College World Series National Championships in her four years.

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