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Haley Wymbs, Marissa Gagliano & Reilly Metzger
Blue Devils Welcome NC State for Final ACC Home Series
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/19/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – As the regular season hits the home stretch, the Duke Blue Devils (23-25, 10-8 ACC) will host their final home ACC series of the 2019 campaign, welcoming the NC State Wolfpack (23-21, 4-11 ACC) to the Duke Softball Stadium for a three-game set starting Saturday.

The series will open with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 20, with first pitch times set for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET. Sunday’s series finale will begin at 1 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.

Duke Blue Devils (23-25, 10-8 ACC)
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NC State Wolfpack (23-21, 4-11 ACC)
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Game 1
 Duke vs. NC State
 When: April 20 | 2:00 PM (ET)
 Where: Durham, N.C.
 Venue: Duke Softball Stadium
 Watch Live: ACC Network Extra
 Live Stats

Game 2
 Duke vs. NC State
 When: April 20 | 1:00 PM (ET)
 Where: Durham, N.C.
 Venue: Duke Softball Stadium
 ACC Network Extra
 Live Stats

Game 3
 Duke vs. NC State
 When: April 21 | 1:00 PM (ET)
 Where: Durham, N.C.
 Venue: Duke Softball Stadium
 Watch Live: ACC Network Extra
 Live Stats

Team Two Against The Wolfpack...
This the second all-time meeting between the two squads and the first in ACC play … Duke leads the series, 1-0, after picking up a 7-4 non-conference midweek win last season … Along with Florida State, NC State is the only ACC team remaining that the Blue Devils have not faced in conference action … Duke is 4-3 this year against teams from North Carolina.

Senior Weekend 2K19...
Duke will honor its three seniors, Marissa Gagliano, Reilly Metzger and Haley Wymbs, this weekend in the final ACC home series of year two, culminating with Senior Day on Sunday at 1 p.m. The trio will join Jill Ferraro as the four alumnae in Duke softball history. Ferraro graduated after year one, joining the Blue Devils as a grad student transfer after playing at North Carolina from 2014-16.

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.

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 .455 clip. She also leads the team during that stretch with a .636 slugging average and .471 on-base percentage. Davis has posted 15 hits, six runs, five RBI, two doubles and a pair of triples. The team-leader with 14 multi-hit performances this season, Davis has posted four multi-hit showings over the last 10 games, with three of those contests being three-hit games.

Series Victory No. 4...
The Blue Devils picked up their fourth ACC series victory last weekend, taking the final two games from the Syracuse Orange in Upstate New York. The win gives Duke three series victories on the road this year, a single-season program record. It also ties last year’s overall series wins total with two more weekends to go.

Keep Em Guessing...
It’s been a year of changes when it comes to the lineup card for the Blue Devils. Through 48 games, they have turned in 35 different lineups by batting order and 19 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 four so far, while Duke has used the same lineup by position 11 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 the lead 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).

Just Keep Hitting, Just Keep Hitting...
Sophomore first baseman Rachel Abboud has two school records of her own after Duke’s doubleheader sweep of Longwood two weeks ago. Abboud picked up hits in both contests to up her hit streak to nine-straight games, a program record. She also reached base safely for the 25th-straight contest, a school best.

St. George Shutting Batters Down...
Sophomore hurler Peyton St. George put on two masterful performances in the sweep of the Lancers on April 3. The righty went 2-0 behind a .072 ERA in 9.2 innings of work, tossing 10 strikeouts and scattering three hits while allowing just one run. She also held opposing batters to a .094 clip. St. George held the Lancers scoreless in eight of her 9.2 innings, only surrendering a first-inning home run in the second game of the day.

Before Virginia Tech’s two runs in the top of the seventh of game two last week, St. George had held opponents scoreless for 15.1 consecutive innings, the longest such streak in school history.

Triple Trouble...
The Blue Devils have established themselves as one of the top squads in the nation when it comes to tallying triples. Through 48 games, Duke has accumulated 19, which stands second in the ACC and surpasses its 2018 total of nine. Duke’s 0.40 triples per game average is second in the conference and fifth 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 20 XBH. Kavel is second in the ACC and up to seventh nationally in triples, while coming in at second in the conference and 21st in the NCAA with a 0.13 triples per game average. Kavel’s six also sets 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 .973 fielding percentage, which is third in the conference and up to 25th 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 .303 average and leads the team with 29 runs scored, 13 doubles, six triples and a .484 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 18-for-19 in stolen bases, including a pair of 3-for-3 showings to set and then tie the school single-game record. Her 18 stolen bases surpass the program record of 16, set last year by Jameson Kavel.

The rookie infielder has also been a threat at the plate throughout the year, recording a team-leading .327 clip and 54 hits along with 28 runs, five triples, four doubles and a pair of homers. The rookie has recorded 11 multi-hit performances since March began and leads the team in that category with 14 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.

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 59 stolen bases, 30 more than where they stood through the first 48 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 four 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 16-1 when leading after five and 17-3 when taking the lead into the seventh. In their two years, Duke is 40-3 when leading after six innings.

On the flip side, Duke has struggled when trailing late, going 2-18 when down after five and 1-18 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 (1-37). Duke’s loss to Elon on March 6 was its first defeat when leading entering the seventh in program history.

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 47 on the year, the squad leads the conference handedly, with the next closest team, Boston College, in the category tallying 29 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 32nd nationally with 0.23 sacrifice bunts per game.

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