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Blue Devils Defeat East Carolina, Campbell in Fall Ball

Blue Devils Defeat East Carolina, Campbell in Fall Ball

DURHAM – The Blue Devils improved to 5-0 in fall ball action after defeating East Carolina and Campbell in a pair of games over the weekend.

Duke opened the weekend strong with a 12-2 win over the Pirates on Friday at Duke Softball Stadium. Sophomore Sophie Garner-MacKinnon and seniors Lillie Walker and Jala Wright shared the circle and allowed just two runs off two hits with nine strikeouts.

Home runs from four different players highlighted the Blue Devils’ offense with redshirt-sophomore Jada Baker, seniors Claire Davidson and Francesca Frelick and junior Ana Gold each tallying a long ball. Frelick and Davidson also scored two and three runs, respectively.

The Blue Devils then hit the road on Sunday, traveling over to Buies Creek, N.C., and shutout the Fighting Camels, 14-0. The pitching staff of sophomore Cassidy Curd, graduate transfer Dani Drogemuller and Walker controlled the game from inside the circle, combining for 18 strikeouts over 10 innings and surrendered just three hits and one walk.

Senior Kelly Torres was a key contributor to Duke’s offense after blasting a home run over the fence and driving in two RBI with two runs scored. Sophomore D’Auna Jennings went 3-for-5 on the day and scored three runs. Frelick and junior Kelsey Zampa each finished 2-for-4 while collecting three and two RBI, respectively.

The Blue Devils continue the road swing Saturday afternoon as they head to Greensboro, N.C., to face UNC Greensboro. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

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