HARRISONBURG, VA. (WHSV) -- Eleven players on the JMU softball roster are from Virginia. In fact, everyone on the team is from the United States -- except one player. The lone foreign teammate is from the “Land Down Under”.
"It's a whole new experience,” Dukes left fielder Tahli Moore said. “I've always wanted to travel. This was a dream come true. Being able to travel, play softball and get an education."
Moore has come a long way in her softball career, literally. The freshman hails from Sydney, Australia.
"It is literally a day travel away, 24 hours it takes to get home,” Moore said.
It's the first time the Dukes have had an international player.
“So first off trying to understand what I say was a bit of a tricky situation the first couple of weeks,” Moore said.
“But they've helped me a lot along the way, supporting me when I've had days that I'm home sick or anything. It's great that we're a close knit family.”
Moore has contributed to her new family recently, with two hits and a run in the CAA championship game last week.
"After a few weeks of not playing, coming in when Coach Dean needed me and performing felt awesome that I had done the work when I was not in play," Moore said.
Her first year away from home continues with a new journey to her first NCAA tournament.
"Yeah it's been a big journey. I've heard of Kentucky but no idea where Lexington is,” Moore said.
“I told my mom and she's like 'where's Kentucky?' and I was like I don't know, it's like where we're playing next."
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