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Blue Devils Face No. 6 FSU to Close 2019 Regular Season
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/25/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – One last series awaits the Duke Blue Devils (25-27, 11-10 ACC) in the 2019 regular season, as they head to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on the No. 6 Florida State Seminoles (42-8, 13-5 ACC) this weekend at JoAnne Graf Field.

First pitch in the Friday, April 26 series opener is set for 6 p.m. ET. Saturday is slated to begin at 1 p.m., with Sunday’s series finale scheduled for a noon start. All three contests will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through or the ESPN app.

Duke Blue Devils (25-27, 11-10 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

No. 6 Florida State Seminoles (42-8, 13-5 AAC)
Roster | Coaches | StatisticsSchedule & Results | Game Notes

Game 1
 Duke at No. 6 Florida State
 When: April 26 | 6:00 PM (ET)
 Where: Tallahassee, Fla.
 Venue: JoAnne Graf Field
 Watch Live: ACC Network Extra
 Live Stats

Game 2
 Duke at No. 6 Florida State
 When: April 27 | 1:00 PM (ET)
 Where: Tallahassee, Fla.
 Venue: JoAnne Graf Field
 ACC Network Extra
 Live Stats

Game 3
 Duke at No. 6 Florida State
 When: April 28 | 12:00 PM (ET)
 Where: Tallahassee, Fla.
 Venue: JoAnne Graf Field
 Watch Live: ACC Network Extra
 Live Stats

Need To Know

  • The Blue Devils will close out their 2019 regular season schedule this weekend when they travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on No. 6 Florida State. This weekend will be the first meeting between the two teams.
  • In their last 10 games, the Blue Devils have been paced offensively by the bat of Deja Davis, who owns a .484 clip along with a .613 slugging average and .529 OBP. During that stretch, she tops the team with 15 hits, seven runs, six stolen bases, two doubles and a triple. Raine Wilson leads the team in RBI (7) and home runs (3).
  • Wilson made history in last Saturday’s 8-1 win against NC State in the second game of the series, becoming the first player in program history to hit two home runs in the same inning, leading off and ending the second frame with a solo shot and two-run blast.
  • Sophomore Jameson Kavel leads the Blue Devils in ACC play this season, topping the team with a .359 clip, 23 hits and seven extra-base tallies. Her three triples are tied for first in the league in conference games.
  • Righty Peyton St. George has been nothing short of dominant in ACC play, standing top 10 in the league in ERA (1.37, 2nd), opposing batting average (.181, 2nd), strikeouts (42, 8th), runs allowed (9, 9th) and earned runs allowed (9, 9th).
  • Rookie Shelby Walters showed out in Duke’s ACC home series finale, tying the program’s single-game record for strikeouts with 12 in the opener against NC State. St. George set the record last year against Morgan State.
  • Kavel has been the queen of extra-base hits so far this year, tallying 21 through 52 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 seventh in the nation.
  • Davis tallied another three-stolen base game last Saturday against NC State, upping her season total to 23, becoming the first player in program history to record 20-plus steals in a single season.
  • 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 13th 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 Seminoles...
This the first meeting in history between the two squads … Duke is 7-8 this season when playing a team for the first time … FSU will be just the second team from Florida that Duke has played, going 1-1 against FAU last year … A win this weekend would give Duke its first ranked win in program history … Florida State enters the series after sweeping Boston College last weekend at home … The Seminoles are led by Sydney Sherrill at the plate, who owns a .430 average along with 61 hits, 45 RBI, 13 homers and 13 doubles … Meghan King has been FSU’s star in the circle, going 22-5 with an ACC-leading 1.58 ERA and earning ACC Pitcher of the Week honors five times this year.

Waldrop Returns To Tallahassee...
It'll be familiar territory for Duke assistant coach Lacey Waldrop, who was a standout All-American pitcher at Florida State from 2012-15. The two-time ACC Pitcher of the Year selection and the 2014 USA Softball National Player of the Year pick at Florida State paced the Seminoles to a four-year record of 195-58 with three ACC regular season championships, two ACC Tournament crowns and four NCAA Tournament berths including one College World Series appearance in 2014. A three-time All-ACC and All-America choice, she turned in 859.2 career innings of work and posted a 109-29 record with seven saves, a 1.37 earned run average and 917 strikeouts.

Waldrop, a two-time Academic All-ACC choice and two-time ACC All-Tournament Team selection, finished her career among Florida State’s all-time leaders in pitching victories (1st), pitching appearances (170; 2nd), strikeouts (3rd) and saves (4th). In addition, she was the recipient of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in 2015 and earned 16 ACC Player of the Week citations during her heralded career. The No. 3 overall selection in the 2015 National Pro Fastball draft by the Chicago Bandits, Waldrop helped the Bandits to consecutive NPF championships in 2015 and 2016.

Closing Time...
The Blue Devils brought their second season at the Duke Softball Stadium to a close on Tuesday in winning fashion, taking down East Carolina, 4-1, to finish the year with a 14-14 record at home and 31-21 mark over the two seasons. A two-run home run from Kristina Foreman and two-run single from Marissa Gagliano paced Duke’s offense, while Brianna Butler tossed 6.0 flawless innings to pick up her ninth win of the season.

St. George One Of The ACC’s Best...
For a second-straight year, Peyton St. George has been dominant in the circle when it comes to conference play. The righty is top 10 in six different categories in ACC-only matches, highlighted by topping the league with a .181 opposing batting average. St. George is also second in the league with a 1.37 ERA, tied for third with two saves, eight with 42 strikeouts, nine runs allowed and eight earned runs allowed.

Making It Raine...
Raine Wilson has been known to bring the power to the plate and could not have been more evident than in game two of the series against NC State. Wilson led off the inning with a solo home run to straightaway center before hitting a two-run jack to left to close out an eight-run second inning by the Blue Devils, the highest scoring inning in program history. Wilson became the first player in school history to record two home runs in the same inning with her performance and also became the first Blue Devil to crack 10 homers for her career.

Strikeouts On Strikeouts On Strikeouts...
Freshman Shelby Walters had a lights-out performance in the series opener against NC State last Friday, tossing 12 strikeouts against the Wolfpack. Her 12 K’s tied the program single-game record, which was set last season by Peyton St. George against Morgan State on Feb. 23, 2018 in Orlando, Fla.

DJ On A Tear...
Freshman Deja Davis has been on fire from the plate over the last 10 games, pacing the Blue Devils with a scorching .484 clip. She also leads the team during that stretch with a .613 slugging average and .529 on-base percentage. Davis has posted 15 hits, seven runs, four RBI, two doubles and a triple. The team-leader with 15 multi-hit performances this season, Davis has posted four multi-hit showings over the last 10 games, with two of those contests being three-hit games.

The rookie infielder has been a threat at the plate throughout the year as a whole, recording a team-leading .333 clip and 59 hits along with 30 runs, five triples, five doubles and a pair of homers. The rookie has recorded 12 multi-hit performances since March began and leads the team in that category with 15 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 52 games, they have turned in 36 different lineups by batting order and 20 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 five so far, while Duke has used the same lineup by position 13 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 13th 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).

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 49 on the year, the squad leads the conference handedly, with the next closest team, Boston College, in the category tallying 31 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 43rd nationally with 0.22 sacrifice bunts per game.

Triple Trouble...
The Blue Devils have established themselves as one of the top squads in the nation when it comes to tallying triples. Through 52 games, Duke has accumulated 19, which stands second in the ACC and surpasses its 2018 total of nine. Duke’s 0.37 triples per game average is second in the conference and ninth 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 21 XBH. Kavel is second in the ACC and up to seventh nationally in triples, while coming in at third in the conference and 27th in the NCAA with a 0.12 triples per game average. Kavel’s six also marks 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 .974 fielding percentage, which is tied for first in the conference and up to 15th 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 .295 average and leads the team with 30 runs scored, 21 extra-base hits, 14 doubles, six triples and a .470 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.

Go DJ, That’s My DJ...
Deja Davis has been a stud on the base paths for Duke, going 23-for-24 in stolen bases, including three of 3-for-3 showings to set and then tie the school single-game record. Her 23 stolen bases surpass the program record of 16, set last year by Jameson Kavel, making her the first player in school history to record 20-plus steals in a single season.

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 66 stolen bases, 31 more than where they stood through the first 52 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 five 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 18-1 when leading after five and 19-3 when taking the lead into the seventh. In their two years, Duke is 42-3 when leading after six innings.

On the flip side, Duke has struggled when trailing late, going 2-19 when down after five and 1-19 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 (1-39). Duke’s loss to Elon on March 6 was its first defeat when leading entering the seventh in program history.

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