This is the first time in school history that the Dukes have won the regular season CAA title outright.
HARRISONBURG, VA. (WHSV) -- The softball field at Veterans Memorial Park is being prepped for the CAA Tournament this week. The Dukes get to host the championship after clinching their first outright regular season title over the weekend.
"It was kind of a big deal to a lot of us, especially our seniors, knowing that we could go out and accomplish anything, especially something we started out with as a goal,” JMU sophomore pitcher Jailyn Ford said.
Madison locked up the CAA's top seed with a 1-0 win over UNCW on Saturday. With the regular season title comes the privilege of hosting the conference tournament. JMU kicks things off with a noon game against Towson on Wednesday.
"Well I think it was important this year simply because we're a young team,” JMU head coach Mickey Dean said. “To be able to play through that and to finish is important for such a young team."
The Dukes are now just two wins away from breaking the program record for most victories in a season, which was set by last year's team. But the regular season title is just one of many goals the Dukes have set for the season.
“We wanted to go out and win CAAs,” Ford said. “Even though it's not over yet, hopefully we can come back and get a CAA Tournament win too for them."