Dukes Complete Series Sweep on Senior Day
No. 20 James Madison softball completed its fifth straight Colonial Athletic Association sweep as the Dukes run-ruled the Drexel Dragons, 12-2, on Senior Day at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Dukes improve to 41-7 on the season and 17-1 in conference play while the Dragons fall to 29-20-1 and 9-9. Before the start of game, Drexel's two seniors and redshirt senior Megan Good were recognized for their exceptional collegiate careers.
With bases loaded in the first, Alexander's first homer of the day was a grand slam in which the ball cleared the bleachers in left field to put the Dukes up 4-0. The Dukes notched three hits in the second with a triple from junior Cambry Arnold while Good and sophomore Sara Jubas doubled, plating four more runs in the inning (8-0).
Drexel recorded its first hit and run of the game with a solo home run in the top of the third. The Dukes answered in the bottom half, starting with a leadoff single from Arnold. With two outs, junior Kate Gordon ripped a RBI double down the left field line and she was brought home in the next at-bat on a fielding error. Alexander plated JMU's final runs of the game with a two-run shot to left – her second of the day (12-1).
The Dragons went on to garner three more hits and one run, but Alexander ended the game with her fifth strikeout of the day. With the win, Alexander upped her season record to 19-1 in the circle.
FOR HISTORY'S SAKE
Alexander's six RBI marked a career high as she's had five multiple times.
The Dukes are four home runs shy of tying the single-season program record of 84 set in 2018.
JMU is on a 13-game win streak which is its longest of the season.
QUOTING COACH LAPORTE
"We prepared for this weekend and did a great job of sticking to our game plan. Everyone did well at the plate today and stayed disciplined. I'm happy that stayed in control and how we are continuing to play JMU softball. This weekend was huge for our team, but we have to make sure we take care of business next weekend at Delaware."
"It's incredible what Megan has done as a student-athlete here and she's helped put our program on the map. We've been through a lot together and I'm so proud that she pushed through all the hard times in order to get to where she is now. There's still a lot of the season left, but I'm excited to see what the future holds for her."
The Dukes head to Newark, Delaware for their final CAA series of the season against the Blue Hens, beginning with a doubleheader on Friday, May 3. First pitch for game one is slated for 1 p.m. at the Delaware Softball Diamond.