HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- Sunday afternoon, a capacity crowd watched the JMU softball team defeat Longwood. That helped JMU advance further in the tournament than any Dukes' team in program history.
Sunday's 5-1 victory over Longwood means the Dukes advance to super regionals this weekend. There, they will take on the LSU Tigers. The best of three game series will start on Friday.
More than 1,600 fans turned out to cheer on the Dukes Sunday afternoon, just under the record set on the opening day of regionals, when 1,726 fans saw JMU defeat Princeton, 7-0. The entire weekend attendance was 4,956. Last year's regional games totaled just under 3,000.
"It was a tremendous atmosphere, for any sport, for softball, whatever the sport may be. It was really a true community endeavor," said Kevin Warner, Assistant Athletic Director for Communication of Sunday's game.
The Dukes are also expecting large crowds this coming weekend. Tickets for the general public go on sale Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.
The Dukes are running out of room to put fans. Earlier this year, extra stands were brought in. They can hold 800 more people. They are working to see if they can get more stands for this weekend.
JMU Athletics staff say they're already expecting a large LSU turnout, in addition to members of the community.
"We got notice last week, before we even won the regional, from LSU's alumni chapter in Virginia saying hey we're coming what are your policies, et cetera," added Warner.