Pitcher’s Duel Goes to Georgia as Bulldogs Down Dukes

By: JMUSports.com
By: JMUSports.com

In a game that feature six hits, all of them singles, James Madison softball dropped a 2-0 decision to Georgia in the final game of the Red and Black Showcase in Athens, Ga., Sunday.

JMU lost its second straight to fall to 1-4 on the opening weekend of play. Georgia completed its home tournament at 5-0.

Sophomore pitcher Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) tossed her second complete-game of the weekend in the loss, falling to 1-2. She limited the Bulldogs to two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out five.

Chelsea Wilkinson picked up her second win in as many games against the Dukes with a shutout effort. She improved to 4-0 after holding Madison to two hits. The right-hander struck out eight and did not walk a batter.

The Dukes’ two hits came from Ford and sophomore second baseman Hannah Hayes (LaCrosse, Va./Kenston Forest). Hayes went 1-for-2 with a single while Ford was 1-for-3 at the plate.

Second baseman Kaylee Williams paced the Georgia offense. She went 1-for-1 with a run scored and a walk. Third baseman Alex Hugo walked and drove in a run in two at-bats while first baseman Geri Ann Glasco was 1-for-3 with a single.

After each team was held hitless through two innings, UGA got on the board in the bottom of the third. Williams started the rally with a one-out single. She moved to second on a bunt single by center fielder Niaja Griffin and scored on a two-base sacrifice fly by Hugo.

Georgia added to its lead in the sixth inning by taking advantage of a pair of JMU errors. Right fielder Kaylee Puailoa reached on a one-out single to left field and moved to second on a JMU fielding error. A second error, off the bat of designated player Tina Iosefa allowed Puailoa to race into home for the 2-0 lead.

The Dukes brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh after Ford beat out a two-out infield single, but Wilkinson avoided further trouble by getting senior designated player Catherine Clavin (Poquoson, Va./Poquoson) to strikeout to end the game.

JMU is back in action next weekend as it travels to Orlando, Fla., to play in the UCF Holiday Inn Classic. Madison squares off with Florida A&M, Middle Tennessee State, Illinois-Chicago, UCF and Delaware in the three-day, five-game tournament.

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