Dukes Sweep Towson Series in 9-Inning Thriller

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TOWSON, Md. (JMU Athletics) -- Scoring six runs in the ninth, No. 20 James Madson softball defeated Towson 6-0 in extras for a Colonial Athletic Association series sweep on Sunday afternoon at Tiger Softball Complex.

The Dukes were led by redshirt senior Megan Good in the circle who earned 17 strikeout – a new school record. She pitched nine complete innings for her ninth win of the season while only giving up two hits.

JMU improves to 23-6 on the season and 5-1 in conference action while Towson falls to 14-17 and 1-5.

Sophomores Hannah File and Logan Newton led the Dukes at the plate, going 2-for-3 and 3-for-5, respectively. Newton's three hits were a career high as she's had multiple two-hit games. The Dukes had five hits leading up to the ninth inning in which they plated six runs on five hits.

The explosive ninth inning started with Madison Naujokas drawing a 10-pitch walk. Sara Jubas sent a ball to the pitcher who tried to get Naujokas out at second, but both runners were safe. File then singled to the pitcher who tried to get the lead runner on third, but all three Dukes safely reached base.

With bases loaded and no outs, junior Kate Gordon hit a two-run single through the middle to give JMU a 2-0 lead. With Good at the plate, File and Gordon each advanced a base on a wild pitch before Good brought both players across the plate (4-0). Freshman Kelsey Brown entered the game to pinch run for Good and she picked up her fifth stolen base of the season. Brown moved to third on a passed ball and was brought home on a Newton triple down the right field line.

Junior Kierstin Roadcap brought the final run across the plate with a sacrifice fly to right. Two more Dukes got on base, but JMU would win the game 6-0.

"I'm really proud of how well our team stayed composed today and for getting big hits in the ninth. Megan and our defense were exceptional in the field which helped us keep runs off the board. Credit to Towson for playing a great game today and forcing us to dig deep for the win."

The Mount Sidney notched a career-high 17 strikeouts to pass Jailyn Ford's 16 strikeouts against Towson on March 23, 2013. Good now has 788 career strikeouts and needs 28 more to hold the all-time strikeout record.

JMU is back in action next Wednesday, April 3 as the Dukes play host to the Liberty Flames. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.