DURHAM – Behind a brilliant pitching performance, the Duke softball program opened the home fall ball schedule with a 6-1 victory over NC State on Friday afternoon at Duke Softball Stadium.
Five Blue Devil pitchers combined to allow just one hit, coming on a home run from Wolfpack’s Sam Sack, while hitting 13 in the win. Graduate student Peyton Saint-Georges started, played two innings and put out all six batters she faced on swings. Second year Jala wright added three more strikeouts over two no-hitting innings to lead a cohesive relief corps.
With the win, the Blue Devils started the fall calendar with a 3-0 record, edging their opponents 24-2. The team also struck out 10 or more batters in all three games this fall.
St. George threw a streak of seven straight strikeouts by the Blue Devils as the unit sliced ââup the Wolfpack offense. As the Blue Devils pitching went about business, the offense started off on a high, as a junior Kamryn jackson threw a three-run homer in the second inning.
Despite Sack’s home run that reduced the NC state deficit to two, the Blue Devils were able to capitalize on six mistakes in Wolfpack’s defense. Duke also had six walks and three hits in the game, using the speed on base to capitalize on mistakes and score runs in the fifth, sixth and eight innings.
Senior Kristina Foreman won the only other RBI of the day, going 1 for 3 overall. Second year Kelly torres was instrumental in managing the game behind the plate, while also hitting two from two walks.
Senior Shelby walters and second Lillie walker delivered more of the same to the pitching staff in the circle, combining to strike out three of four innings with no hitting to complete a ten innings hit.
The Blue Devils’ next home games will be back-to-back against East Carolina on Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. and UNC-Greensboro on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.
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