|Seahawks Fall In Finale To Dukes|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Freshman pitcher Jailyn Ford allowed one run on two hits in a complete-game effort to lead James Madison to a 6-1 victory over UNCW in a Colonial Athletic Association softball contest Sunday at Boseman Field.
The Dukes improved to 27-9 overall and remained undefeated in league play as they moved to 9-0 versus conference competition with the three-game sweep. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 12-22 and 1-7. UNCW returns to action April 13th as they open a three-game CAA series at Georgia State with a Noon doubleheader.
Ford improved to 14-2 on the season as she turned in her 11th complete game performance of the season and second of the series. She struck out nine and walked two.
Ford was also 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBI as she hit her 10th home run of the season in the sixth inning. Seniors Jasmine Butler and Haley Johnson and sophomore Sarah Mooney all tallied two hits apiece to power a Dukes lineup that finished with nine base hits in the contest.
Freshmen Erin Brown and CJ Moose were both 1-for-3 with a double for UNCW. Brown recorded the team’s lone RBI in the contest with her two-base knock in the fourth.
Sophomore Jordyn Schmidt took the loss for the Seahawks to move to 4-9 on the season. Schmidt pitched six innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits. She did not issue a walk and struck out four.
JMU opened the scoring in the top of the third as a double steal brought home junior Anna Klumpp for the first run of the frame before a single by Butler and a groundout by Mooney would give the Dukes a 3-0 advantage.
UNCW would counter with a run in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out double by Brown to left-center that plated junior Morgan McCann, who reached base earlier in the inning by drawing a walk, and made it a 3-1 contest. The Seahawks had a chance to do further damage in the frame as the double put both Brown and senior Lauryn Buckworth into scoring position, but Ford was able to get junior Kimmie Strewart to groundout to end the threat.
Ford helped her own cause in the sixth with a two-run home run to center field that brought home Mooney, who reached base one batter earlier with a single to left field, and expanded the Dukes cushion to 5-1.
James Madison closed out the scoring in the top of the seventh as freshman Erica Field doubled to left field to make it a 6-1 contest.