DURHAM –No. 14 Duke Softball (28-5, 11-2 ACC) earned its third ACC sweep of the season, beating Boston College, 10-0, in five innings Sunday afternoon at Duke Softball Stadium.
Jala Wright (6-1) allowed just two hits and no runs, while striking out four batters in four scoreless innings in the circle against the Eagles (14-17, 2-10 ACC). Four different Blue Devils have scored multi-RBI games, with Ana Gold drive in three to lead the offensive.
Jameson Kavel started another great offensive day with a single and stolen base in the opener. The Blue Devils were able to get on the board later in the inning, when Gold threw a sacrifice fly ball to left field to tag Kavel and take a 1-0 lead.
The game’s biggest breakthrough came in the second inning, as the Blue Devils scored six more runs, five of which came with two outs. After loading the bases, Gisele Tapia picked up an RBI groundout, set up Rachel Crabtree with two runners in scoring position. Crabtree ripped a brace 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 two consecutive home runs to extend the lead to 7-0. That would kick Eagles starter Susannah Anderson out of the game and give Wright a big cushion to throw with.
In the third inning, the Blue Devils got three runners with a walk, pitch touchdown and a Kavel single. Tapia added another RBI on the next at-bat, drawing a base-laden walk. Already 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 brace 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 strikeouts to secure another victory for the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils will begin an 11-game road trip, starting with a contest at UNC-Greensboro Wednesday at 6 p.m. The match will be broadcast on ESPN Plus.
- The Blue Devils have won four straight games via the run rule, good for the longest streak in program history.
- The Boston College sweep also marked the first time the Blue Devils led an ACC opponent in every game of the series.
- Kamryn Jackson played his 100th game as the Blue Devil on Sunday.
- Foreman becomes the first Blue Devil in program history with two 10-or-more homer seasons, after recording his 10th of the year in the second run.
- Kavel extended his on-base streak to 17 straight games.
- Crabtree also extended his on-base streak to 13 straight games. Crabtree has the longest streak in program history at 25 games.
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