HARRISONBURG, Va. (JMU Athletics) -- After an explosive fourth inning, No. 22 James Madison softball defeated Binghamton 15-0 in five innings on Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park in part of the JMU Dukes Invitational.
The Dukes scored in all four innings in the contest to improve to 14-5 on the season while Binghamton falls to 4-6.
For the third time this season, sophomore Sara Jubas reached base on a leadoff hit-by-pitch. Juniors Kate Gordon and Odicci Alexander loaded the bases with a double to right and a walk, respectively. Sophomore Logan Newton drew another walk, bringing Jubas home to score while giving JMU a 1-0 lead.
A double from Jubas in the second brought Madison Naujokas across the plate, putting the Dukes up 2-0. JMU scored five runs on four hits in the third with singles coming from Megan Good, Natalie Cutright and Hannah File while Logan Newton garnered a double (7-0).
The Dukes' offense ignited in the fourth as JMU circled through its lineup to tally eight runs. Junior Kierstin Roadcap hit a RBI double to center and she was brought home on a single from Cambry Arnold. Naujokas launched a two-run long ball over the wall in center to put the Dukes up 11-0.
With two outs and bases loaded, Good blasted a grand slam in her second at bat of the frame to give JMU its final score of 15-0.
Junior Odicci Alexander picked up her seventh victory in the circle, allowing four hits while picking up five strikeouts in the five-inning shutout.
FOR HISTORY'S SAKE
Freshman Victoria Figueroa notched the first hit of her collegiate career.
This is the first time JMU has scored 15 runs since May 10, 2018 when the Dukes defeated Charleston 15-0 in five innings in the CAA Championship.
Good's grand slam was the first since Morgan Tolle against Charleston on May 10, 2018.
JMU's win marks its fourth consecutive run rule game, winning in five innings against Rutgers, Saint Joseph's and Lehigh.
QUOTING COACH LAPORTE
"We've really been working on our discipline at the plate and I feel like our lineup was strong from top to bottom today. I think our tough schedule prepared our batters and our pinch hitters took advantage of their opportunities. CC had another successful day in the circle and she did a great job of hitting her spots."
The Dukes will close out the JMU Dukes Invitational tomorrow as they play Morgan State at 4 p.m.