Dukes Win Two at Longwood

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FARMVILLE, Va. (JMU Athletics) -- Putting 24 runs on the board, No. 19 James Madison softball swept Longwood 14-1 and 10-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Lancer Field.

With a nine-game winning streak, the Dukes improve to 17-5 on the season while Longwood falls to 14-11.

Led by junior Kate Gordon and sophomore Logan Newton who had two home runs apiece, JMU hit six long balls on the day. The Dukes outscored the Lancers 24-3 on 21 hits.

Junior Madison Naujokas put the Dukes on the board in the second frame as she doubled to left center, bringing Kierstin Roadcap and Sydney LaScola home to score (2-0). Gordon hit the first long ball of the day for JMU and three batters later, Newton drilled a two-run homer over the wall in right field (5-0).

Longwood answered in the bottom of the third, hitting a solo home run which would be their only hit of the game. Both teams were scoreless in the fourth and fifth frames, until an explosive nine-run inning for the Dukes.

JMU's offense erupted in the sixth as the Dukes garnered six hits in the frame. Roadcap doubled, bringing one run in to score before Naujokas singles and brought two Dukes across the plate (8-1). Sara Jubas hit a two-RBI double to left and scored on a three-run blast on Gordon's second homer of the day (13-1).

Freshman Victoria Figueroa came in to pinch hit and tallied the second hit of her career as she singled to right field. JMU would score one more run in the inning to solidify the 14-1 run-rule victory.

Junior Odicci Alexander threw a one-hitter in six complete innings while earning seven strikeouts en route to her ninth win in the circle this season (9-0).

Similar to the first game, JMU's offense began in the second inning with back-to-back singles from Alexander and Good. Newton upped her season home run total to five with a three-run shot to right. Cambry Arnold reached on a single and was brought home on Naujokas' second double of the day. Jubas launched her third long ball of the season to give JMU a 6-0 lead.

The Dukes tacked on two more runs in the third before the Lancers hit consecutive home runs in the bottom of the fourth. Two scoreless innings went by before Alexander hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh (10-2).

Good notched her seventh win in the circle, grabbing four strikeouts while only letting up two hits in seven complete innings.

"Once again, I was really happy with our batters today at the plate. We had double-digit hit games and were able to bring runners home with the long ball. We're looking forward to starting conference play at home this weekend against a good Elon team."

The Dukes scored nine runs in an inning for the first time since playing Delaware on April 8, 2018.
JMU has outscored its opponents by at least eight runs in the last seven games with six ending in run-rule fashion.
The Dukes begin Colonial Athletic Association play as they host the Phoenix of Elon for a weekend series beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. The doubleheader will be available to watch on MadiZONE as well as NBC Sports Washington Plus and NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus.