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St. George, Long Ball leads No. 11 Duke to 9-1 win over Pittsburgh

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DURHAM Number 11 Duke softball (38-7, 17-3 ACC) used four home runs on Thursday-evening to pass Pittsburgh, 9-1, in six innings at Duke Softball Stadium.

Peyton St George (20-3) gave up only one hit over six full innings, striking out Panthers (14-25, 2-18 ACC) batters. 10 different Duke batters scored in the win, as the Blue Devils recorded their 17th run-rule win of the season.

The night started on a high note, as Jameson Lot singled and stole second base, while Rachel Crabtree reached by an error. Kristina Foreman successfully bunted, then used an opportunistic baserunning to take second place without anyone offering cover, and Kavel scored for an 1-0 lead. Crabtree would then come home on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead.

After St. George struckout four in the first two innings, Kamryn Jackson led off the third inning with a homerun to give St. George more runs support and a 3-0 lead. While Pittsburgh answered on a Bailey Drapola homerun, the Blue Devils had a quick answer in the fourth inning.

Francesca Frelick led off the fourth with a solo homerun, her second shot in as many games. Caroline Jacobsen went back-to-back with Frelick and hit a home run to right midfield for a 5-1 advantage. Crabtree added another run later in the inning to count an RBI single to build an even bigger lead.

freshman Ana Gold made it four homeruns that evening and launched a solo shot from the opposite field in the fifth inning for a 7-1 lead.

The game came to an early end in the sixth when Sarah Goddard girth and set up Gisele Tapia† Tapia tore a double to the wall from left midfield and Goddard scored. The Long Beach, California native came in third on the pitch and scored on Pittsburgh’s attempt to knock her out in third place, ending the game with a 9-1 win.

Due to the bad weather in the weather forecast, the playing times of Friday and Saturday have been adjusted. The remaining two games against the Panthers will be played as doubleheaders on Friday at 12:00 PM and 2:30 PM. The matches will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.

Comments:

  • With the win, St. George set a one-season program record with her 20th of the season, beating Shelby Walters’ record of 19 last season.
  • Leave Davis counted her 50th stolen base in the win.
  • Kyla Morris made its 100th collegiate start on Thursday.
  • Foreman extended her on-base streak to 17 consecutive games.

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