No. 13 Duke Breaks Through Late, Downs Georgia Tech 3-1

ATLANTA, Ga. – No. 13 Duke softball (16-3, 3-0 ACC) saw a seventh-inning offensive breakthrough, powering past Georgia Tech, 3-1, for an ACC-opening sweep on Sunday afternoon at Shirley Clements Mewborn Stadium.

Peyton St. George pitched a gem in the circle for the Blue Devils, collecting her seventh win of the season in a complete game. She allowed just three hits and one earned run, while striking out nine. Caroline Jacobsen and Gisele Tapia drove in all three runs in the seventh inning to lead the Blue Devil offense.

St. George and Yellow Jackets (15-5, 0-3 ACC) starter Blake Neleman went toe-to-toe for much of the afternoon, trading zeroes for the first six innings. St. George turned in a sparkling second inning, striking out the side, and didn’t allow her first hit until the third.

Neleman had similar success with the Blue Devils lineup, except for Kyla Morris. The senior went 3-for-3 on the day and handled everything Neleman threw at her, registering the first two Blue Devil hits of the day.

Cracks in the armor of Neleman started immediately in the seventh inning, when Jameson Kavel was hit by a pitch. After a tough battle between Jacobsen and Neleman, the Tallahassee, Fla., Product made her pay, lacing a go-ahead double down the left field line for a 1-0 lead.

Later that inning, Tapia picked up where the Blue Devils left off, hitting a two-run home run to left field for a 3-0 advantage. Tapia delivered another big hit in a big moment, after launching a key home run in the seventh inning in the win over Louisville earlier this season.

Down to their final out, the Yellow Jackets were able to get on board on a pinch-hit solo home run from Caroline Davis. However, St. George polished off another big day with a game ending strikeout, sealing her third complete game of the year.

The Blue Devils will return home to Durham for a lengthy homestand, beginning with a Tuesday afternoon clash with Penn State at 5 pm The game is the first of five this week and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

Notes:

  • The Blue Devils have now won three consecutive ACC series sweeps, dating back to last season.
  • Duke improves to 6-0 all-time at Georgia Tech.
  • After striking out the side in the second inning, St. George recorded her 500th career strikeout.
  • With her fifth inning walk, Jacobsen extends her season-opening on-base streak to 19 games.

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