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WCWS: JMU stuns No. 1 Oklahoma, 4-3, behind Gordon’s home run

Kate Gordon played the hero for James Madison in an upset win over No. 1 seed Oklahoma in the...
Kate Gordon played the hero for James Madison in an upset win over No. 1 seed Oklahoma in the opening game of the Women’s College World Series. (Photo Courtesy: JMU Athletics)(WHSV)
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 3:17 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Kate Gordon played the hero for James Madison in an upset win over No. 1 seed Oklahoma in the opening game of the Women’s College World Series Thursday afternoon in Oklahoma City.

Gordon’s go-ahead, solo home run in the top of the 8th inning gave the Dukes a 4-3 lead over the Sooners. Odicci Alexander retired Oklahoma in the bottom of the inning to secure the victory for the Dukes. Alexander pitched a complete game for JMU, allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out nine and walking two batters.

James Madison jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind a three-run home run by Sara Jubas in the top of the third inning. The Sooners answered in the bottom of the inning with a three-run shot by Tiare Jennings.

Alexander and Oklahoma starter Shannon Saile kept both offenses at bay until the 8th inning. Saile threw eight innings, allowed three earned runs, and struck out nine batters while walking one.

According to a press release from JMU Athletics, Thursday’s win “came in the Dukes’ first-ever WCWS game and marked the first time since Louisiana in 2008 that an unseeded team downed the top-seeded team in their opening matchup. The Sooners’ three runs marked their lowest run total of the 2021 season.” The Dukes will play Friday night at 7 p.m. against No. 5 seed Oklahoma State in the winner’s bracket of Bracket 1 at the WCWS. To see the full WCWS schedule, click here.

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