JMU Softball Preps For Unfamiliar Opponents at NCAAs

HARRISONBURG, VA. (WHSV) -- JMU softball is getting ready to be in the national spotlight. The Dukes are headed to Lexington, KY for their regional round.

It's their second straight time in the tournament. Last year, James Madison earned an at-large bid, winning just one game before being sent home.

This time around, JMU is an automatic qualifier after winning the conference championship last week.

But the NCAAs is a different type of competition.

"We haven't faced Kentucky, we haven't faced Ohio and if we make it past them, a couple of teams we've faced before but a lot of them would be new,” sophomore pitcher Jailyn Ford said.

Ford said that different pitching could be a good thing.

“Not seeing the same pitcher kinda helps. But it's the same game. Just don't overthink anything, just focus on the game. Focus on ourselves and the team as well. Doing whatever it takes to win. I think it's more of a business trip than it is to be fun but we're going to enjoy it and enjoy the ride.” is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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