Dukes Secure Series Sweep Over UNCW

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (JMU Athletics) -- Earning its third straight Colonial Athletic Association series sweep, No. 20 James Madison softball took down UNCW with a 12-2 run-rule victory on Sunday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Dukes improve to 31-7 on the season and 11-1 in CAA play while UNCW slides to 22-1 and 4-8.

JMU hit three home runs in the contest, including the first long ball of freshman Victoria Figueroa's career.

Getting an early start, the Dukes plated six runs in the first inning. Redshirt senior Megan Good brought in the first run with a single to left. Good scored two at bats later on a fielding error by UNCW. Junior catcher Kierstin Roadcap blasted a grand slam into the bleachers in left field for a 6-0 lead.

The Dukes had another six-run frame with two three-run home runs in the second inning. Juniors Kate Gordon and Odicci Alexander singled, setting up sophomore Logan Newton to hit a three-run bomb out of the park for the ninth time this season.

UNCW made a pitching change after Newton's long ball, but sophomore Sara Jubas continued the hitting spree as she fired a double to right field. Roadcap battled at the plate and drew a walk after an 11-pitch at bat. Figueroa entered the game to pinch hit and launched her first career home run to plate the final runs for JMU.

The Seahawks put two runs on the board in the fifth with a two-run shot just out of Figueroa's reach in left center.

Alexander worked five innings in which she tallied five strikeouts for her 13th win of the season. The junior is now 13-1 on the year after going 2-0 in the weekend series.

"I'm really happy with how our entire team played this weekend. We utilized our depth and our players took advantage of their opportunities. Overall, we were more disciplined at the plate which led to our success this weekend. Now we have to prepare for another strong ACC opponent with the doubleheader against Duke on Wednesday."

The Dukes are back in action at home against the Dukes Blue Devils on Wednesday, April 17. The doubleheader will begin at 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Both games will be available to watch on NBC Sport Washington, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus and NBC Sports Chicago Plus.