Top-seeded Dukes to host CAA Tournament

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 12:22 AM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - The James Madison softball team is hosting the CAA Tournament this week.

The Dukes enter the bracket as the top seed after a dominant regular season. JMU boasts a 31-1 overall record, ranks No. 1 in the country with a .969 winning percentage, and enters the postseason on a 21-game winning streak.

However, James Madison faces a new challenge this week in the CAA Tournament. Due to the CAA adopting a divisional format in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, JMU has not played three of the other four teams in the bracket this spring. Hofstra, Delaware, and Drexel competed in the CAA North Division while JMU and Elon were part of the CAA South Division. The Phoenix handed the Dukes their only loss of the regular season.

“We haven’t seen three of the teams that are in this conference tournament,” said JMU head coach Loren LaPorte. “And all three teams (Hofstra, Delaware, and Drexel) are very good fundamentally, they are scrappy and they always have been when we played them in past years.”

As the No. 1 seed, JMU awaits the winner of Wednesday’s contest between No. 5 Hofstra and No. 4 Delaware.

“We haven’t seen the other side of the conference so I think that’s just another thing that we need to be ready for,” said JMU redshirt senior infielder Madison Naujokas. “We can’t just guarantee a win. We haven’t seen these teams. We don’t know what they bring and they obviously don’t know what we bring.”

JMU is scheduled to play Hofstra/Delaware Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Attendance is limited to guests of the participating teams.

“We have a chip on our shoulder from that one loss we shouldn’t have had this year so we are going into the tournament with that chip still on our shoulder and to just play our game,” said JMU redshirt senior outfielder Kate Gordon.

To see the full CAA Softball Championship bracket, click here.

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