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Home Runs Lead No. 15 Duke to 5-0 Shutout Win Over James Madison

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DURHAM – No. 15 Duke softball (21-5, 4-2 ACC) registered four of its five runs via the long ball on Wednesday night to shut out James Madison (13-6), 5-0, at Duke Softball Stadium.
Senior Gisele Tapia led the way going 2-for-3, including a solo home run to score the Blue Devils’ final run of the contest. 

  • After a scoreless opening frame, freshman Aminah Vega put the Blue Devils on the board with a two-run home run to right field in the second to bring home junior Kelly Torres, who reached on a walk during the previous at bat.
  • Sophomore Ana Gold accounted for another Duke run in the third after she put herself in scoring position following a hard-hit ball to left field that allowed her to reach third. One batter later, Gold crossed home plate on a dropped third strike.
  • Duke kept the pressure on, scoring two additional runs in the fourth frame after graduate student Deja Davis and Tapia went yard to extend the Blue Devils’ edge to 5-0.
  • Junior Claire Davidson earned the win and moved to 4-2 on the year in the circle. The Lakewood Ranch, Fla., native came in for relief of starter Jala Wright and pitched 2.0 innings, allowing only one hit in 24 pitches.


  • Four pitchers staff saw action in the circle for the Blue Devils and the foursome combined to shut out the Dukes, giving up just two hits and one walk while fanning seven.
  • Wednesday’s shutout win was Duke’s eighth of the year.
  • Wright earned her ninth start of the season and only allowed one…

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