Blue Devils announce end of season awards

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DURHAM – After playing in the program’s first NCAA Super Regional and the first 40-win regular season in program history, the Duke Softball Program announced the team’s annual honorees.

Continuing the program’s tradition, the team honored its annual honorees at the team banquet before the playoffs began.

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Senior Already Davis was named the winner of the True Blue award. The True Blue Award is presented annually to the player who best embodies the core values ​​of Duke softball, both on and off the field.

Davis showed tremendous determination to recover from his injuries and played his best softball in the streak, hitting safely in nine of the final 10 games of the season. The Cerritos, Calif., native hit .318 with three homers and 15 RBIs this season while going a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases.

Newcomer of the year

First-year student Ana Gold was named Newcomer of the Year, after a remarkable debut campaign at Durham. The Ballston Spa, NY native walked straight into the starting lineup at third base and did not disappoint, hitting .311 with 10 homers, 36 RBIs, 12 doubles, 13 stolen bases and .637.

Her 10 home runs are the most for a Duke freshman and she became only the sixth Blue Devil with 10 or more doubles in a season. Gold also took the college game quickly on defense, making several sparkling plays throughout the year while ranking second on the team with 74 assists.

Gold Glove Award

Senior Kyla Morris earned top honors this season, sporting a 1,000 blemish-free field percentage to left and center field. The Claremont, Calif., had a flair for the dramatic, including a wall-diving catch in Syracuse that earned it a nod as SportsCenter’s No. 1 game in its top countdown 10 national.

Morris also had a breakout campaign with the bat, batting .263 with 11 RBIs, while stealing 11 more bases.

Gold Spike Prices

Junior Kamryn Jackson won the award, having gone 11 for 12 in stolen bases this season. The Tampa, Fla. native has taken her speed to new heights this season, with a career-high in doubles (eight), while doubling her career-high in a single season in stolen bases.

Operating on the nine holes for much of the season, Jackson enjoyed a career year, hitting .295 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs, earning All-ACC honors.

Money Slugger

Senior Kristina Foreman had a prolific offensive season, earning the team’s Silver Slugger award. The Tampa, Fla. native hit .398 with 15 homers and 56 RBIs, setting new single-season highs for Duke in batting average, RBI and slugging (.797), while stealing eight bases.

Foreman had a hitting propensity throughout the regular season and playoffs, earning ACC all-tournament honors while hitting .600 with one home run and nine RBIs in four games in the LA region. NCAA.

Circle Price

Graduate student Peyton St. George finished one of the best seasons of his college career by winning the Circle Award as the program’s top pitcher. The Mechanicsville, Va., native was 22-3 with a 2.07 ERA (155.2 IP), striking out 190 while allowing just 46 earned runs and holding opposing batters at an average at bat .205.

St. George was named All-ACC First Team and ACC Co-Picker of the Week this year, while also setting a new program record for single-season wins with 22.

MVP

Graduate student Jameson Kavel was named the team’s MVP, following a historic campaign in 2022. Kavel hit .379 with 17 homers and 49 RBIs, while recording 16 doubles and stealing 15 bases. The Duluth, Georgia native led the team in runs scored (59), hits (66), home runs, stolen bases, doubles and total bases (135).

Kavel set several program records along the way, including a three-home run performance at James Madison to set a new single-game high, while also setting single-season highs in home runs, doubles and runs scored.

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