Softball Dukes Pumped to be Hosting Conference Tournament

By: WHSV Sports
By: WHSV Sports

This season the JMU softball team has traveled down south to Georgia, a little farther down to Florida, and then five time zones west to Hawaii.

Lucky for them, the Dukes don't have to go far at all to clinch a conference tournament title.

James Madison is the top seed in this year's CAA tournament, earning the Dukes the right to play at home for the first time in championship history.

JMU has only lost twice at Veterans Memorial Park, and the players hope that confidence can capture the school's first post-season title since 2009.

"Definitely just the crowd," said sophomore catcher Erica Field. "I mean we love playing at home. I think we play better at home, so that was really important getting our home field advantage. Just the energy here is different."

"For us playing at home is a big deal, and we do play better at home," said senior pitcher Jailyn Ford. "When it comes down to our fans and wanting to do well for the community and our college, and our family. I guess really bringing it home gave us an advantage that a lot more fans will be able to come."


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