NCAA Regional: Alexander strikes out 19, JMU beats Liberty in 10 innings
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Behind a 19 strikeout performance by Odicci Alexander, James Madison knocked off Liberty in 10 innings to open up the Knoxville Regional.
“She went out there and she was on a mission,” JMU head coach Loren LaPorte said. “She wanted to have control the entire time and she did just that. I honestly felt like she got better as the game went on. Her stuff started moving a little bit more. She was able to mix spots and she did a great job.”
Alexander tossed 163 pitches in her complete game effort. 19 strikeouts is a career-high and a new JMU program record.
“Just not giving in,” Alexander said. “I wasn’t going to let them get over-top of me. I knew what I had. Just making sure I moved the ball around that plate. That’s pretty much what I was thinking about on the mound.”
The Dukes and Flames were tied until the 10th when Sara Jubas had a big two-run double to give JMU the lead.
James Madison will play the winner of no. 12 Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky Saturday at noon.
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