JMU Softball Loses First Conference Games of the Season

By: JMUSports.com
By: JMUSports.com

JMU saw its winning streak halted at nine games and its lead in the CAA fall to just a half game over Hofstra as it dropped to 36-12 overall and 15-2 in the league. HU improved to 35-11 and 14-2 in the league with four games left to play in the season.

Hofstra’s Olivia Galati tossed a pair of shutouts, limiting Madison to three hits over 14 innings of work. The Dukes’ sophomore right-hander Heather Kiefer (Potomac, Falls, Va./Potomac Falls) and freshman Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) gave up just two unearned runs and seven hits in 12 innings of work.

In game two, Galati improved to 30-10 after limiting JMU to two hits. She struck out nine and did not walk a batter in a complete-game effort.

Ford took the tough-luck loss for JMU, dropping to 19-3 on the season and earning her first career loss in CAA play. She gave up four hits and a walk while striking out seven in six innings of work.

Center fielder Tessa Ziemba paced the Hofstra offense, going 1-for-3 with a run scored while second baseman Torri Rocha went 1-for-3 with a stolen base. Designated player Chloe Fitzgerald and right fielder Caryn Bailey each added singles for the Pride.

Sophomore third baseman Sarah Mooney (Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg) and junior designated player Catherine Clavin (Puquoson, Va./Puquoson) had the only hits for Madison. Clavin went 1-for-2 with a single and Mooney finished with a single in three trips to the plate.

HU scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Ziemba led off the frame with a double to center field. Catcher Erin Trippi followed by hitting a grounder to second base, but the ball with misplayed in the JMU infield allowing Ziemba to race around third for the winning run.

In game one, Galati again earned the win, tossing a one-hit shutout to improve to 29-10. She struck out 10 in seven innings of work.

Kiefer took the loss for Madison, dropping to 13-6. The junior allowed one unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out one.

Trippi paced the HU attack with a hit and a RBI in three at-bats. Rocha and shortstop Becca Bigler contributed a single each while Fitzgerald had a run scored.

Ford was the only Madison player to reach base, going 1-for-2 with a single to extend her hitting streak to 14 games. She became the first JMU player ever to have two-separate hitting streaks of 14 games of longer.

Hofstra capitalized on three Madison errors in the bottom of the first inning to score the game’s lone run. Fitzgerald and Rocha reached on back-to-back fielding errors to lead off the game. Kiefer got Ziemba to ground into a double play, but could not erase the threat entirely, giving up a single to center to Trippi for the game-winning run.

The Dukes and Pride conclude their three-game series on Sunday with a game set to start at noon from the HU Softball stadium.


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