Dukes Win Opening Series Over Elon

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Harrisonburg, Va. (JMU Athletics) -- After dropping a 5-3 decision yesterday, No. 19 James Madison softball bounced back for a 10-3 victory over Elon to win the opening Colonial Athletic Association series on Sunday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.

With the win, the Dukes improve to 19-6 on the season and 2-1 in CAA action while the Phoenix fall to 17-12 and 1-2.

Juniors Kate Gordon and Madison Naujokas led the Dukes at the plate, going 2-fo-r-3 on the day with a two and three RBIs, respectively.

After a scoreless first frame, Elon put three runs on the board in the top of the second off of two hits and JMU error. Megan Good drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning and she advanced to third on a double to right center from Logan Newton. Victoria Figueroa came in to pinch hit and picked up her third hit of the season with a RBI single to left. The Dukes tallied two more singles and a double in the inning to take a 6-3 lead.

Three hits in the third from Naujokas, Sara Jubas and Hannah File expanded the Dukes' lead to 9-3. Good started the fourth with a leadoff single to left and Kelsey Brown took over to run the bases. Brown stole second and advanced to third on a bunt by Cambry Arnold, before she earned a career-high two stolen bases as she stole home to tack on the final run for JMU (10-3).

Working through four frames, junior Odicci Alexander garnered her 10th win to remain perfect in the circle at 10-0. In her four innings pitched, the Boydton native only gave up two hits while racking up eight strikeouts. Sophomore Payton Buresch pitched three innings in which she notched three strikeouts.

"At the beginning of the day, we talked to make sure we win every inning. We went down early today, but the response from our team was huge. We stayed calm and composed, which was great to see moving forward in conference play."

The Dukes are back in action on Wednesday, March 27, as the Dukes play host to Marshall. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park and the first 100 fans will receive a free t-shirt.