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No. 3 Duke softball splits opening 2 games of Louisville series, wins third behind Vega's milestone day at the plate

Duke traveled down to Louisville, Ky., Friday for a three-game ACC series against the Cardinals. It entered the weekend confident, only a week after ending its 21-game winning streak. But after a tough one-run performance Saturday, the third-ranked Blue Devils reignited offensively for a 5-3 win against the Cardinals Sunday afternoon, winning the series. 

Tyrese Proctor switches the ball behind his back during Duke's win against Vermont.

Beats' picks: Can No. 4-seed Duke men's basketball slow James Madison's high-flying offense to book spot in last 16?

On Sunday evening, the fourth-seeded Blue Devils play their second game in three days with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line. The Chronicle’s beat writers are here with their takes about whether Duke can triumph over James Madison in Brooklyn, N.Y., to keep dancing.