No. 14 Duke Secures Series Sweep in 10-0 Win Over Boston College


DURHAM – No. 14 Duke softball (28-5, 11-2 ACC) secured their third ACC sweep of the season, defeating Boston College, 10-0, in five innings on Sunday afternoon at Duke Softball Stadium.
 
Jala Wright (6-1) allowed just two hits and no runs, while striking out four batters over four scoreless innings in the circle against the Eagles (14-17, 2-10 ACC). Four different Blue Devils tallied multi-RBI games, with Ana Gold driving in three to lead the offense.
 
Jameson Kavel started another big offensive day with a game-opening single and stolen base. The Blue Devils were able to get on the board later that inning, when Gold lofted a sacrifice fly to left field to score Kavel and take a 1-0 lead.
 
The biggest breakthrough of the game came in the second inning, as the Blue Devils poured in six more runs, five of which came with two outs. After loading the bases, Gisele Tapia picked up an RBI groundout, setting up Rachel Crabtree with two runners in scoring position. Crabtree ripped a double to center field to clear the bases and take a 4-0 lead.
 
The Blue Devils weren’t finished, as Gold and Kristina Foreman hit back-to-back home runs to extend the lead to 7-0. That would chase Eagles starter Susannah Anderson from the game and gave Wright a big cushion to pitch with.
 
In the third inning, the Blue Devils got three runners on with a walk, hit-by-pitch and single by Kavel. Tapia added another RBI in the next at-bat, drawing a bases-loaded walk. Deja Davis helped put the game out of reach later in the frame, lacing the first pitch she saw into right center field for a two-run double to make it 10-0.
 
Wright continued to control the Eagles offense, striking out two in the fourth inning, before giving way to Lillie Walker in the fifth. Walker induced three ground-ball outs to secure another win for the Blue Devils.
 
The Blue Devils will kick off an 11-game road trip, beginning with a contest at UNC-Greensboro on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN Plus.
 
Notes:

  • The Blue Devils have won four consecutive games via run rule, good for the longest streak in program history.
  • The sweep of Boston College also marked the first time the Blue Devils have run ruled an ACC opponent in every game of the series.
  • Kamryn Jackson played in her 100th game as a Blue Devil on Sunday.
  • Foreman becomes the first Blue Devil in program history with two seasons of 10 or more home runs, after recording her 10th of the year in the second inning.
  • Kavel extended her on-base streak to 17 consecutive games.
  • Crabtree also extended her on-base streak to 13 consecutive games. Crabtree owns the longest streak in program history at 25 games.

 
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