Dukes Shut Out DePaul With Three Home Runs
Bouncing back after an extra-inning loss, No. 16 James Madison softball shut out DePaul, 3-0, on Saturday night to advance to the final day of the Ann Arbor Regional.
The Dukes improve to 49-8 on the season while DePaul finishes its 2019 campaign with a 35-16 record. Junior Odicci Alexander earned her 24th win in the circle while sophomore Payton Buresch was credited with her third save of the year.
Junior Kate Gordon and sophomore Sara Jubas led the Dukes at the plate as the duo garnered two hits each. Gordon gave JMU an early 1-0 lead in the first with a solo home run to right center for her 20th in 2019.
Jubas notched her first hit with a single through the middle and junior Kierstin Roadcap followed with a walk in the second. Junior Cambry Arnold laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing the runners into scoring position, but the Dukes were unable to add onto their lead.
Roadcap blasted a leadoff long ball in the top of the fifth, clearing the wall in left field for her eighth home run of the year to give JMU a 2-0 lead. DePaul recorded its first hits of the contest with two singles in the inning, but Alexander ended the threat with a strikeout.
In the top of the sixth, Gordon launched a rocket beyond the wall in left field for her second home run of the game. Gordon upped her season total to 21 while plating JMU's final run of the game at 3-0.
The Dukes collected its sixth and seventh hits in the last frame as Jubas doubled to right center before pinch hitter Victoria Figueroa singled to the pitcher.
Alexander threw 6 1/3 innings in which she tallied five strikeouts while Buresch faced four batters before earning her first strikeout to end the game.
QUOTING COACH LAPORTE
"Today was a long day for our team, but we're happy to advance in this tournament. We got the bats going a little more in the second game and the long ball came up huge for us. I think Odicci pitched well and it was great to see Payton close out the game on a strikeout. We know tomorrow is going to be a battle so we have to get some rest, put today behind us and come out ready to play."
JMU will face Michigan on the final day of the Ann Arbor Regional tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Alumni Field.