They say the devil is in the details. But in Durham, the Blue Devils are in the details—and numbers:
After a loss to Florida State in the ACC Championship May 13, Duke softball rebounded with a win over George Mason Friday as they began their campaign for an NCAA title. The eighth-seeded Blue Devils defeated the Patriots 2-1 in the Durham Regional contest, with sophomore Ana Gold playing a big role in both runs scored.
The Ballston Spa, N.Y., native was the first to cross the plate in the matchup against George Mason, putting Duke up 1-0 early on. After walking and stealing second, Gold was advanced to third base on a fly out by freshman Aminah Vega before junior Claire Davidson earned an RBI with a sacrifice fly to left field. To seal the victory after the Patriots tied the game at one apiece in the top of the fifth, the sophomore standout hit a solo home run in the sixth to put the Blue Devils over the edge. Duke will face Charlotte Saturday as it looks to advance farther in the tournament.
Duke rowing secured bronze in the ACC Championships last weekend, scoring a total of 83 points. The Blue Devils finished behind No. 9 Virginia and No. 10 Syracuse, who garnered 95 and 86 points, respectively.
No. 14 Duke was able to get all five boats into the grand final races with the Varsity Four, Second Varsity Four and Eight earning silver medals. Seniors Megan Lee and Lauren Sizemore proved extremely influential and had strong performances as they were awarded All-ACC accolades, with Lee receiving first team honors for the second time in her collegiate career.
Last season, the Blue Devils also achieved bronze in the conference finale with 82 points before going on to earn 16th at the NCAA Championships. Duke hopes to improve on its national finish this year as it will compete against the nation’s best in Camden, N.J., starting Friday.
As they wrap up the last series of the regular season, Duke baseball continues to build on their cumulative OPS. At .892, the twelfth-ranked Blue Devils have shown their strong offensive ability while keeping their opponents’ cumulative OPS to .693. Of players who have a minimum requirement of two plate appearances per game and 75% of games played, junior Jay Beshears leads the charge with an OPS of 1.043. With 47 RBIs and 65 hits this season, the infielder has led the Duke offense as of late. The Blue Devils will look to finish out the regular season strong against Miami this weekend before turning their attention to the ACC tournament.
In their NCAA tournament first round matchup against No. 16 Delaware, the Duke men’s lacrosse team earned a tight 12-11 victory against the Blue Hens. After being outscored in the first half, the top-seeded Blue Devils tied the game at nine goals apiece in the third quarter while holding Delaware to only nine shots in the entire second half. Forcing its opponents to commit 12 turnovers and out-shooting them 45-30, Duke was able to rally in order to advance by holding the Blue Hens scoreless for over 18 minutes to keep its home record at 9-0. The Blue Devils now look forward to their NCAA quarterfinal matchup against No. 8 Michigan Saturday in Albany, N.Y.
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