Dukes Win Doubleheader at Towson

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TOWSON, Md. (JMU Athletics) -- No. 20 James Madison topped Towson in both games of the doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, winning 5-1 and 4-0 in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup at the Tiger Softball Complex.

The Dukes ride a four-game win streak, improving to 22-4 overall and 4-1 in conference action while Towson falls to 14-16 and 1-4 in the CAA.

Redshirt senior Megan Good led the Dukes at the play, going 3-for-5 on the day with three RBIs while drawing two walks. Junior Kate Gordon also had three hits, two of which were doubles.

GAME 1
Towson got on the board first in the third inning for a 1-0 lead, but the Dukes plated two runs off three singles from Sara Jubas, Hannah File and Good for a 2-1 advantage.

JMU expanded its lead in the top of the sixth, starting with a leadoff single from Gordon down the right field line. Good walked and Logan Newton reached on a fielder's choice, putting two runners on for Roadcap with two outs. Roadcap launched a two-run double to center field and Cambry Arnold followed with a single to expand JMU's lead to 5-1.

Junior Odicci Alexander got the start in the circle for the Dukes, only giving up one hit while grabbing two strikeouts in the first frame. Sophomore Payton Buresch took over in the second and threw six innings while tallying four strikeouts for her fourth win of the season.

GAME 2
The Dukes were out to an early 1-0 lead in the first as Newton drove home a run with a single to right field.

Leading off the top of the second, Arnold hit her second career triple to the wall in left. Junior Madison Naujokas stepped up to the plate and singled to right to give JMU a 2-0 lead. Jubas drew a walk and File took a shot down the left field line while bringing in Naujokas (3-0). A RBI single from Good scored what would be the Dukes final run of the game.

Gordon doubled in the fifth for her first hit of the game and JMU's sixth.

Freshmen Hannah Shifflett and Madison Storey saw action in the game, playing first base and catcher, respectively.

Good earned her eighth win in the circle this season, throwing a one-hitter through seven complete innings. She racked up eight strikeouts in her third shutout of the season.

QUOTING COACH LAPORTE
"I don't think we played at our full potential today, but we were able to get two conference wins which is always good. We had players step up in different roles and girls were able to get enough hits to put runs on the board. Our team will regroup tonight and hope to close out the series tomorrow with another win."

UP NEXT
The Dukes and Tigers are back in action to close out the series tomorrow, March 31 at 1 p.m.