Dukes' Season Ends in L.A. Super Regional
A stellar season comes to an end as James Madison softball fell to UCLA, 7-2, in the second game of the Los Angeles Super Regional on Saturday evening at Easton Stadium.
JMU finishes its 2019 campaign at 51-10 after making its second-ever trip to the NCAA Super Regional while notching its third 50-win season. The Dukes were the only unseeded team to advance to a Super Regional this year and the first since 2016.
Redshirt senior Megan Good was credited with the loss and finished her final campaign with a 21-8 record after pitching 3 2/3 innings while racking up six strikeouts. Junior Odicci Alexander entered in relief, throwing 3 1/3 frames in which she only gave up one earned run while fanning seven batters.
Good led the Dukes at the plate going 2-for-3 on the day while sophomore Sara Jubas and junior Kierstin Roadcap both notched RBI singles down the left field line.
UCLA jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the third on a two-run single and a two-run home run. The Bruins added two more runs in the fourth with a two-RBI single through the right side.
The Dukes rallied in the sixth, starting with a leadoff single from Good through the left side. Sophomore Logan Newton battled at the plate and drew a walk after an 11-pitch at-bat. Stepping up to the plate, Jubas sent a shot down the line to plate JMU's first run and Roadcap followed with a single in the same location, scoring what would be the Dukes' final run of the contest.
Taylor Pack of UCLA hit a solo home run for a final score of 7-2.
JMU won its sixth straight regular-season title while winning the program's fifth Colonial Athletic Association Championship for its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance. The Dukes' broke the single-season home run record and finished with 102 on the year as Gordon set a single-season record for both JMU and the CAA with 23 homers. JMU also broke the single-season records for runs batted in, total bases, on base percentage, runs scored and walks.
The Dukes were ranked in the national polls all season long, finishing at No. 16 in the last USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll and No. 15 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll while holding the No. 13 spot in the RPI.
In her active years at JMU, Good helped her team compile a 201-34 record while going 120-17 in the circle. Good holds the program records for games started (235), games played (235), runs batted in (188), lowest earned run average, wins (120), appearances (157), complete games (86), shutouts (37), innings pitched (843.2) and strikeouts (900).
QUOTING COACH LAPORTE
"That's a phenomenal ball club we faced today and hats off to all of them on the other side. I'm really proud of this team and what we accomplished this year – offensively, defensively and in the circle."
"When we get back we will rest our bodies, but then it's time to get to work. We have a big-time junior class that is very talented and we had a lot of sophomores step up this year so I'm excited to see the future of our program."