Seahawks Dogged By Dukes In Sweep
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
HARRISONBURG, Virginia - Senior Ashley Burhnam went 4-for-6 with four RBI to lead James Madison to a doubleheader sweep of UNCW, 5-1 and 10-2, in Colonial Athletic Association softball action Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Dukes improved to 14-20 overall and 4-1 in league play with the sweep while the Seahawks slipped to 6-28 and 1-4. The two teams conclude their three-game series Sunday with a single game starting at Noon.
Burnham, who became the school's career home runs leader with a two-run blast in the opener, powered a Dukes lineup that finished with 20 hits on the afternoon. Junior Jasmine Butler was 3-for-6 with two RBI while junior Megan Shinaberry tallied four hits in six plate appearances and drove in one.
Senior Katie Houmard went 2-for-5 with two doubles and freshman Jordan Critcher was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two walks for UNCW. Senior Stacey Pinno had a single in her only at-bat of the doubleheader.
Game one saw JMU take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as a UNCW error and a run-scoring single by junior Haley Johnson staked the Dukes to the early advantage.
Critcher got the Seahawks on the board in the top of the second as she opened the frame with a solo home run to right field to trim the Dukes advantage to 2-1.
Burnham stretched JMU's lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the third as she connected on a two-run home run to left field that scored freshman Morgan Heath, who reached base earlier in the inning on an error.
The Dukes added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth as sophomore Caitlin Sandy scored from third on a wild pitch to make it a 5-1 contest.
Freshman Heather Kiefer picked up the win for the Dukes in the opener to improve to 4-3 on the season. In seven innings, Kiefer allowed one run on three hits and one walk. She struck out three.
Senior Amanda Davenport was credited with the loss for UNCW in game as she surrendered five runs (three earned) on nine hits. She struck out two.
In game two, the Dukes plated two runs in the bottom of the third on a single by Burnham and a wild pitch before exploding for six runs on five hits in the fourth to build an 8-0 cushion.
The Seahawks would score two runs in the top of the fifth, using a bases-loaded walk to senior Kelsey Eddinger and a RBI groundout by Critcher to make it an 8-2 contest.
JMU would regain its eight-run advantage in the bottom half of the inning, however, using a two-out single from Butler that scored Shinaberry and sophomore Lindsay Tomasz to take a 10-2 lead and evoke the eight-run mercy rule.
Freshman Sarah Mooney was credited with the win for the Dukes in the nightcap as she moved to 5-8 on the season. Mooney allowed two runs on two hits and five walks. Freshman Casey Rowland got the start for UNCW and pitched 3.1 innings, surrendering five runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk. Senior Jennifer Ladd replaced Rowland and pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and one walk.