NCAA softball regionals: Duke Blue Devils beat UMBC, advance

Edna B. Shearer

Kristina Foreman went 2-3 at the plate, including a solo home run in the bottom of the second to lead the Duke Blue Devils to their 4-0 win over UMBC Friday.

Kristina Foreman went 2-3 at the plate, including a solo residence operate in the base of the 2nd to guide the Duke Blue Devils to their 4- acquire around UMBC Friday.

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With highs in the 90s, enthusiasts in blue flocked to Duke Softball Stadium on Friday to witness record.

For the first time in the program’s five-calendar year historical past, Duke softball, the 12th seed in the NCAA match, hosted a regional. The Blue Devils were being intended to perform host a year back, but campus COVID protocols compelled them to journey to Ga.

With a 4- gain around UMBC on Friday at Duke Softball Stadium, Duke advancements to confront Liberty on Saturday afternoon on its home discipline.

“Obviously a excellent working day, becoming equipped to host regionals for the initially time in application background,” Blue Devils mentor Marrissa Younger mentioned. “It was a hard ball activity and a battle right up until the finish. We scratched and clawed and found a way to get it finished.”

Peyton St. George was the winning pitcher, hanging out eight batters in seven innings of perform.

Kristina Foreman went 2-3 at the plate, which includes a solo dwelling operate in the bottom of the second to get Duke begun.

If there was pressure or any nerves about the historic working day, the Blue Devils didn’t present it early.

“I consider you have to choose into account that it is a 1st and it is some thing we’ve hardly ever accomplished prior to,” St. George explained. “Take those people into account and just use it to get you completely ready. I assume at the close of the working day you can’t make the minute also massive for on your own or you are not heading to participate in your finest throughout the recreation.”

Young took some time prior to the activity to glimpse about the stadium, taking in the enthusiasts dressed in blue, witnessing historical past.

“I was satisfied that the gamers who commenced this program have been capable to expertise that for the first time,” Youthful reported. “I search forward to the program continuing to expand to new heights.”

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Duke Blue Devils pitcher Peyton St. George recorded the acquire about UMBC on Friday, striking out 8 batters in seven innings of function. Duke Athletics Duke Athletics

Duke will take on Liberty on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Durham. The Flames defeated Georgia in Friday’s to start with sport of the day at Duke Softball Stadium.

Internet hosting and successful a regional sport checks a box for Young and her team, but it is also early to start out any celebrations.

Younger mentioned the pitch range wasn’t wonderful against the Retrievers and there were times when the workforce required to “do too much.”

Duke didn’t have any errors in the subject and pitched a shutout for the to start with time since April 24. But this is just the 1st win. Youthful hopes there are a good deal extra to arrive.

“This is certainly what we required,” Young explained. “But we have our eyes established on winning a regional and finding to a Super (Regional) and with any luck , the College or university Environment Collection. We’ll continue to consider it just one game at a time, not search too considerably ahead and carry on to play our ideal.”

This story was originally printed Might 20, 2022 7:08 PM.

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