JMU matches up against East Carolina in Saturday double-header
Fans filled the stadium and sidewalks as JMU softball faced off against the East Carolina Pirates on Saturday in a double-header.
Game One for the Dukes started on a hot streak with redshirt senior outfielder Kate Gordon hitting a double, and redshirt junior outfielder Logan Newton knocking a home run into left field to put the Dukes up 3-0. After capitalizing on several East Carolina errors, the Dukes were able to score two runs in the 3rd inning. Redshirt senior infielder Madison Naujokas had two solo home runs, and on the first pitch of the 6th inning, redshirt junior infielder Sara Jubas hit a home run to give the Dukes a 9-1 victory over the Pirates.
Game Two was a similar story with Madison Naujokas getting a hit that brought in Sara Jubas, bringing the score to 1-0. After a scoreless second and third inning, redshirt sophomore infielder Hannah Shifflett hit the first grand slam of the Dukes’ season. With some points coming in from the Pirates, freshman pitcher Alissa Humphrey returned to the mound to stop ECU from tying the game. Along with Humphrey’s 10 strikeouts, redshirt junior pitcher Alexis Bermudez threw three strikeouts in the Duke’s 6-3 sweeping victory, taking JMU to a 9-0 record on the season.
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Heading into its first conference play action in two years, JMU softball won its weekend home series vs. Elon to improve to 11-1 (2-1 CAA) on the year. The Dukes bats were hot in the seventh inning of game three to take the victory in Harrisonburg.
Even though the mid-week series against George Washington was postponed for JMU, the Dukes were in action this past weekend against College of Charleston. In a three-game sweep, JMU cruised past the Cougars to improve to 14-1.
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