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Courtesy: Duke Athletics
Jill Ferraro
Blue Devils Face Charleston in Wednesday Doubleheader
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/13/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – A midweek trip to Charleston, S.C., is on tap for the Duke Blue Devils (12-9), as they take on the College of Charleston Cougars (15-8) in a Wednesday night doubleheader at the Patriots Point Athletics Complex.

Due to cold temperatures expected to sweep through the Charleston area Wednesday night, the game’s start time was moved up to 4 p.m. ET, with the second game to follow approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first contest. Both games will be live streamed for free at www.CofCSports.com.

Duke will look to capture its third and fourth-straight non-conference wins in its first midweek action in program history. The Blue Devils are 7-3 in their last 10 non-conference contests, riding their strong pitching staff and dominant play at the plate to victory. Duke’s staff combines for a 1.91 ERA, good for second in the ACC and 33rd nationally. On the offensive side, the Blue Devils are led by five players batting above .300, with Haley Wymbs, who brings in a team-high .400 clip, and Jameson Kavel, who tops the squad with 24 hits, 15 runs, 11 stolen bases, six doubles and three triples.

After Wednesday’s doubleheader, the Blue Devils will return home for the first home ACC series in program history, as they host Boston College. First pitch in the Friday, March 16 series opener is set for 5 p.m. ET, with first pitches on Saturday and Sunday both at 1 p.m. 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 (12-9, 0-3 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

College of Charleston Cougars (15-8, 0-0 CAA)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results

Series Info…

Wednesday, March 14
Duke at Charleston – 4:00 p.m./6:15 p.m. ET
Game 1 Live Stream
Game 2 Live Stream
Charleston, S.C.
Patriots Point Athletics Complex

Live Broadcast…
The College of Charleston will live stream both games of Wednesday night’s doubleheader. Fans can access the free broadcasts through www.CofCSports.com or by clicking the links below.

Duke at Charleston Live Stream (Game 1)
Duke at Charleston Live Stream (Game 2)

Live Stats…
Charleston will also provide live stats for both contests. Fans can access them through www.CofCSports.com or by clicking the links below.

Duke at Charleston Live Stats (Game 1)

Duke at Charleston Live Stats (Game 2)

Ticket Information…
Fans looking to attend Wednesday night’s doubleheader can purchase tickets at the gate of the Patriots Point Athletics Complex or by going to www.CofCSports.com. General admission tickets are $6, while youth tickets are $3.

College of Charleston Ticket Information

Weather

Wednesday, March 14 – High 56, Low 35; Sunny (0%)

Leading The Blue Devils…

Batting Average: Haley Wymbs (.400)

Slugging Percentage: Raine Wilson (.612)

On-Base Percentage: Raine Wilson (.508)

Runs: Jameson Kavel (15)

Hits: Jameson Kavel (24)

RBI: Amelia Wiercioch (13)

Doubles: Jameson Kavel (6)

Triples: Jameson Kavel (3)

Home Runs: Katherine Huey & Raine Wilson (2)

Stolen Bases: Jameson Kavel (11)

ERA: Amelia Wiercioch (1.23) Wins: Katherine Huey (7)

Strikeouts: Amelia Wiercioch (34)

Opposing Batting Average: Peyton St. George (.219)

Innings Pitched: Amelia Wiercioch (51.1)

Last Time Out…
The Blue Devils opened their first ACC weekend in program history at North Carolina, falling in a nine-inning heartbreaker to open the weekend and dropping two high-scoring contests Saturday to close the series.

Friday, March 9
North Carolina def. Duke, 2-1 (9) (Recap, Stats)

Saturday, March 10
North Carolina def. Duke, 7-5 (Recap, Stats)
North Carolina def. Duke, 7-2 (Recap, Stats)

Need To Know…

  • The Blue Devils will take on their first midweek in program history with Wednesday’s twinbill.
  • All of Duke’s prior non-conference games before Wednesday have been in tournament format, where the Blue Devils put up a 12-6 record.
  • Wednesday’s doubleheader will be Duke softball’s first contests in the state of South Carolina.
  • Duke has been strong in its last 10 non-conference games, going 7-3 and capturing the final three contests of the Duke Inaugural Tournament two weekends ago.
  • On offense, five Blue Devils are hitting above .300, led by Haley Wymbs .400 clip and Jameson Kavel’s 24 hits, 15 runs, six doubles and three triples. Amelia Wiercioch is the clubhouse leader in RBI with 13, while Raine Wilson paces the squad with a .612 slugging percentage and .508 OBP.
  • A major key to Duke’s success is the dominance of the pitching staff which sports a 1.91 ERA that ranks second in the ACC and 34th nationally. Wiercioch paces the staff with a 1.23 ERA that’s good for fourth in the conference and 44th nationally. Peyton St. George paces the team with 8.6 Ks per seven innings (3rd ACC, 42nd NCAA). Katherine Huey leads Duke with seven victories so far.
  • Duke has been one of the nation’s top squads in doubles, standing second in the ACC and 16th in the NCAA with 1.67 per game. Nine players so far have recorded multiple doubles.


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 Win: 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

First Midweek Coming Up...
While it won’t be the Blue Devils first non-conference action, it will be the first time they face a non-ACC foe in a midweek contest. Duke is 12-6 so far this season in non-conference play, all coming in tournament play.

Wilson Dominates At The Plate…
Despite the losses during their opening weekend of ACC play, the Blue Devils did have several bright spots, led by the dominant performance at the plate in game one on Saturday from Raine Wilson. The redshirt sophomore went 3-for-3 with three RBI, two runs and the first two home runs of her career, also becoming the first player in program history to record a multi-homer contest. Kavel Leading (Off) The Way...

Jameson Kavel has been the catalyst for the Blue Devil offense throughout the first five weekends, leading the team in seven different offensive categories and helping Duke to a 10-8 record when leading off the lineup. Kavel, who also tops the team with seven multi-hit games, is 15-for-27 (.556) in reaching base when leading off an inning. In her 18 contests as the Blue Devils’ leadoff hitter, she is 21-for-64 (.328) with 13 runs, 10 RBI, five doubles, three triples and a home run, which she earned in Duke’s 5-0 win against Morgan State (Feb. 23).

Early Inning Success...
Duke has found a majority of its offensive firepower in the early innings of its first 21 contests. The Blue Devils have 87 total runs scored after their first five weekends of play, with 39 of those coming in the first three frames. Production has ramped up in the middle innings recently, with 43 of Duke’s runs coming from the fourth to the sixth innings. Duke has scored 18 in the first and fourth, the most of any frame.

Double The Fun...
Through its first 21 games, Duke has tallied 35 doubles. That total stands third in the conference. The Blue Devils’ 1.67 doubles per game average is second in the ACC and 17th nationally. Jameson Kavel and Raine Wilson lead the Blue Devils with six and five doubles, respectively. A total of 13 Blue Devils have recorded a double through the program’s first five weekends, with nine having tallied multiple.

Pitching Success...
Perhaps the strongest point of Duke’s game after its first five weekends in competition is its pitching unit. With a 1.91 ERA, the Blue Devils’ staff stands second overall in the ACC in team pitching and enters the week ranked 33rd in the nation.

Amelia Wiercioch tops the team with a 1.23 ERA, which is fourth in the ACC and 45th nationally, and 34 strikeouts. Peyton St. George is second in K’s with 33 and stands third in the ACC and 42nd nationally with 8.6 strikeouts per seven innings.

Katherine Huey paces the team in the win column with seven victories. 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.

Kavel A Terror On The Base Paths...
She’s led off the lineup in 18 games, leads Duke with 74 at-bats and 24 hits and has team highs in doubles (6) and triples (3). But perhaps the best part of Jameson Kavel’s game so far? Her speed.

Through five weekends, Kavel has been a terror for opposing pitchers and catchers, going 11-for-12 in stolen bases. She currently averages 0.52 a game, good for third in the ACC and 56th 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.

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. The duo has excelled on the sacrifice fly/sac bunt front, doing their part to help Duke score the 87 runs its put up so far this year. Overall, the Blue Devils have tallied 19 sacrifice hits and scored seven runs on sacrifice flies. Abboud leads the ACC and is second in the nation with four sacrifice flies, while Moreno’s 0.43 sac hits per game are tops in the ACC and up two spots to third in the NCAA.

On Deck…
After Wednesday’s doubleheader, the Blue Devils will return home for the first home ACC series in program history, as they host Boston College. First pitch in the Friday, March 16 series opener is set for 5 p.m. ET, with first pitches on Saturday and Sunday both at 1 p.m. 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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