|Dukes Power Past Seahawks In Sweep|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – James Madison combined for 23 runs and 26 hits as it cruised past UNCW, 12-1 and 11-2, in a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader Saturday at Boseman Field.
The Dukes improved to 26-9 overall and remained undefeated in league play with an 8-0 against league competition with the sweep. The Seahawks dropped to 12-21 and 1-6 with the twinbill setback. The two teams will conclude their three-game series Sunday with a single game at Noon.
Game one saw the two teams trade runs in the first as JMU used run-scoring singles from senior Sarah Mooney and junior Caitlin Sandy to take a 2-0 lead, only to have the Seahawks counter with a sacrifice fly by junior KC Shue to make it a 2-1 game.
The Dukes would add three runs in the second and a single run in the third before exploding for six runs on four hits to gain a 12-1 edge and close out the scoring.
Ford pitched all five innings in the circle for the Dukes in game one to up her season mark to 13-2. Ford allowed one run on two hits and three walks. She struck out six.
Mooney was 2-for-4 with four RBI while Ford, Sandy and sophomore Morgan Heath tallied two hits each to pace a JMU lineup that finished with 11 hits in the opener.
James Madison took advantage of a double steal and a UNCW error to grab an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second of game two before adding four runs on four hits in the top of the third to build a 6-0 cushion.
The Dukes regained their six-run edge with two runs in the fifth before closing out the scoring with three runs in the seventh.
Sophomore Heather Keifer earned the victory for the Dukes in the circle in game two, allowing just two runs (one earned) on four hits. She did not issue a walk and struck out four.
Ford went 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored to pace JMU offensively in game two. Three players –Sandy, senior Megan Shinaberry and freshman Erica Field – finished with two hits apiece.
Poplin finished 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI and McCann went 1-for-3 with a RBI to lead the UNCW attack in the nightcap. Shue added a double in three at-bats while junior Kimmie Stewart was 1-for-3 with a run scored.