UNCW Falls In Series Finale At JMU
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
HARRISONBURG, Virginia - Freshman Heather Kiefer pitched a three-hit shutout to lead James Madison to an 8-0 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association softball action Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Dukes improved to 15-20 overall and 5-1 in league play as it swept the weekend series from the Seahawks, who moved to 6-29 and 1-5.
Kiefer improved to 5-3 on the season as she scattered three hits and one walk in six innings of work. She struck out four.
Senior Ashley Burnham, junior Haley Johnson and freshman Morgan Heath each tallied two hits and drove in one run to pace a Dukes attack that recorded nine hits and drew six walks. Sophomore Caitlin Sandy was 1-for-2 with two RBI.
Sophomore Daniela Torres was 2-for-3 for UNCW. Junior Lauryn Buckworth was 1-for-3 as she recorded the third Seahawks hit on the afternoon.
JMU jumped out to an early 5-0 in the bottom of the first, tallying three hits and taking advantage of four walks to build the early advantage.
A double by Heath and a single by Burnham plated the first two runs of the frame before a bases-loaded double down the left-field line by Sandy brought home the next two runs. A sacrifice fly by sophomore Megan Shinaberry closed out the scoring.
A sacrifice fly by freshman Sarah Mooney in the bottom of the second increased the JMU cushion to 6-0 before an infield single by senior Caitlen Manning in the fifth stretched the Dukes advantage to 7-0.
JMU closed out the scoring in the bottom of the sixth, as a single off the left field wall by Johnson brought home Heath from third and evoked the eight-run mercy rule.
Senior Amanda Davenport took the loss for the Seahawks to move to 5-14 on the season. In 6.1 innings of work, she allowed eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and six walks.
UNCW returns to action Friday as it opens a three-game CAA series against Georgia State with a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Boseman Field. JMU is back in action Wednesday as it entertains Norfolk State in a non-conference doubleheader.