|Dukes Take Two From Seahawks On Friday|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW softball team fell to James Madison in both games of a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader Friday at Boseman Field.
The Dukes (40-13; 13-3 CAA) struck first in a classic pitcher’s duel with two runs in the top of the eighth inning for a 2-0 victory in game one before completing the twinbill sweep with a 5-0 triumph in the nightcap.
UP NEXT: The two teams close out the regular season Saturday with a single game slated for a Noon start. The contest will serve as the program’s senior day, with UNCW honoring the senior class from both program’s prior to the start of the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game One): In an extra-inning game that saw the two teams combine for just four hits, James Madison plated the only two runs of the game in the top of the eighth.
Freshman Taylor Newton opened the inning with a walk and was advanced to third on a pair of sacrifice bunts before scoring on a wild pitch. Senior pinch hitter Catherine Clavin drew a walk later in the inning and was replaced by freshman starter Mimi Morris, who also scored later in the frame on a wild pitch.
That would be all the support that sophomore Jailyn Ford would need as she retired the Seahawks in order in the bottom of the eighth to post her 20th victory of the season.
AT THE PLATE (Game One): Senior Cassidy Clayton, sophomore Erica Field and freshman Mimi Morris accounted for all three of the Dukes base hits in the contest.
Senior Brittany Gamby recorded the Seahawks only hit of the game as she connected on a one-out single to right field in the bottom of the first.
IN THE CIRCLE (Game One): Ford picked up the win as she improved to 20-6 on the season. In a complete-game effort, Ford allowed just one hit, the single to Gamby in the first, and issued one walk while striking out eight.
Junior Casey Rowland took the loss for the Seahawks to move her record to 10-14 overall. In eight innings of work, Rowland allowed two runs on three hits and four walks. She struck out seven.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game One): The two teams combined to leave just five runners on base in the contest (JMU 3; UNCW 2) … UNCW failed to put its leadoff batter aboard in eight attempts while JMU was able to put its leadoff hitter on base in three tries … The two teams were a combined 0-for-15 at the plate with two outs and a combined 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position … Ford and Rowland combined to face just seven batters over the limit as Ford faced 26 batters and Rowland took on 29.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game Two): James Madison broke open a scoreless contest in the fourth as it used five hits, highlighted by a two-run single from sophomore Erica Field, to plate four runs and take a 4-0 lead.
Ford increased the Dukes advantage to 5-0 in the top of the seventh as she hit a leadoff home run to center field for her team-leading ninth home run of the season.
AT THE PLATE (Game Two): Senior Caitlin Sandy went 3-for-4 at the plate to highlight a JMU lineup that finished with 10 base hits in the contest .Field was 1-for-4 with two RBI while Ford was 1-for-4 with a solo home run and sophomore Hannah Hayes was 1-for-2 with a run batted in.
IN THE CIRCLE (Game Two): Junior Heather Kiefer picked up the win for JMU as she improved to 19-7 on the season. In a complete-game effort, Kiefer scattered four hits and one walk. She did not record a strikeout in the contest.
Jordan took the loss for UNCW to move to 7-17 on the season. In 3.1 innings of work, Jordan allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk. Sophomore Kayla Pine replaced Jordan in the fourth and pitched the final 3.1 innings, surrendering one run on three hits.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game Two): The two teams combined to leave 13 runners on base (JMU 10; UNCW 3) … UNCW matched its season high with five errors in the contest … JMU put its leadoff batter on base on four occasions while the Seahawks were able to get their leadoff runner on base on three tries … JMU was 5-of-23 with runners on base while UNCW was just 0-for-4 … Sixteen of UNCW’s 21 outs in the contest were on groundouts.
NOTES: UNCW moved to 13-16 this season at home … The Seahawks slipped to 3-3 this season in extra-inning contests with their game-one setback … UNCW dropped to 2-21 on the season when scoring two or fewer runs in a game … The Seahawks were shutout for just the fifth and sixth time this season … With her seven strikeouts in game one, junior Casey Rowland moved into sole possession of second place on the program’s single-season strikeout chart with 174, surpassing Keri Malcolmson (172 in 1999) during the contest.