DURHAM, N.C. – Freshman Abby Weaver (Roanoke, Va.) hit her first collegiate home run Sunday (March 14), but on a day full of home runs it was the Blue Devils who took victory as No. 13 Duke (19-1, 8-1 ACC) defeated Virginia (6-13, 2-11 ACC) by a score of 8-2.

Mikayla Houge (2-4)  took the loss as she allowed four runs on four hits with two walks. Houge (Collins, Iowa) worked 3.0 innings in the start. Virginia used four pitchers on the day.

Peyton St. George (9-0) picked up the win as she allowed the two runs on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in the complete-game effort.

Emma McBride (Magnolia, Texas) delivered an RBI to get things started for the Hoos in the second as she and Weaver would provide the two runs for Virginia on the afternoon. Following the RBI double from McBride, Duke answered with an RBI double of its own in the home half of the inning.

Weaver would put the Cavaliers back on top with her solo home run in the fourth, but Duke would use four home runs on the way to seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take the victory. The Blue Devils got a two-run home run and a solo shot in the fourth before adding a solo shot and a three-run home run in the fifth to take control of the game.

• Abby Weaver hit her first collegiate home run to give UVA the 2-1 lead in the fourth inning.
• Emma McBride drove in her first run of the season with her RBI double in the second inning.
• Eight of the game’s 10 runs came on five home runs between the two teams combined on the day.
• Katie Goldberg extended her hit streak to seven straight games. She has 10 hits with three doubles and two home runs in that time.

Virginia will return home to host NC State in a four-game series at Palmer Park. Play begins on Friday (March 19) with a single game at 5 p.m. and continues with a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.