HARRISONBURG, Va. -- No. 18 James Madison softball topped Liberty, 1-0, on Wednesday evening at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Dukes improve to 24-6 overall (8-1 CAA) while the Flames fall to 24-14 (6-3 ASUN) .
Junior Kate Gordon notched the only two hits for JMU in the game, doubling in the first inning and singling with a hard-hit ball to the shortstop in the third to go 2-for-3.
In the first frame, sophomore Hannah File walked and advanced to third on Gordon’s double. Redshirt senior Megan Good drew another walk, resulting in a Liberty pitching change as Chase Cassady entered the game. With bases loaded, Cassady retired the next two JMU batters.
Junior Cambry Arnold battled at the plate in the second, drawing a walk after an eight-pitch at bat. The Flames were unable to handle a bunt from sophomore Lynsey Meeks who reached first while Arnold advanced to third on the error. The Dukes would score the only run of the game when sophomore Sara Jubas grounded out to shortstop, bringing Arnold across the plate.
Good recorded her 10th win of the 2019 campaign, earning four strikeouts through seven complete innings to pick up her fifth shutout of the season.
QUOTING COACH LAPORTE
“Today was a good win for us against a very tough Liberty team. We still need to work on our discipline at the plate, but I thought our pitching and fielding looked really good. It was important for us to get a win and take that momentum into our series at Hofstra.”
The Dukes travel to Hempstead, N.Y. for a Colonial Athletic Association series against Hofstra, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 6. First pitch for game 1 is set for 1 p.m.