Gold’s Two Home Runs lift No. 15 Duke past North Carolina on Saturday
in North Carolina
03/19/2023 | 1 p.m.
March 19 (Sunday) / 1 p.m.
in North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, NC — No. 15 Duke Softball (23-5, 6-2 ACC) beat North Carolina (10-18, 1-4 ACC), 7-5, Saturday afternoon and leads the series of the weekend, 2-0.
Sophomore Ana Gold led the way with her bat, finishing the day 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two home runs.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN
Gold opened the scoring for the Blue Devils early in the second inning with a solo strike to the center right wall. Three hitters later, redshirt freshman Jada Baker brought in junior Kelly Torres, who reached on a step, with a hard shot to left field. Baker had three more goals on a Tar Heels outfield pitching error and beat the tag at home to make it 3-2. North Carolina tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom half with a solo home run from Isabela Emerling. The next three innings went scoreless until Duke scored two more runs on two hits in the top of the sixth for a 5-3 lead. Another long ball from Gold extended the Blue Devils lead to 7-3 going into the final quarter. The Tar Heels responded with a two-run homer off freshman pitcher Sophie Garner-MacKinnon before Duke could eliminate the Finals. MacKinnon went 5.0 innings after replacing junior Claire Davidson in second, striking out two while allowing one walk and three hits. NOTES Gold has homered at least twice in all three ACC series this season and leads the conference with 10 on the year. Garner-Mackinnon pitched a career-high 5.0 innings and earned his second victory inside the circle. Graduate student Deja Davis notched her 11th double this year and is tied for first in the conference with Clemson’s Valerie Cagle. FOLLOWING
The final game of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at Anderson Stadium. The contest will air on ACC Network Extra with David Kahn on the call.
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