LOS ANGELES, Calif. – James Madison softball dropped a 6-1 decision to two-seeded UCLA in the first game of Los Angeles Super Regional on Friday night at Easton Stadium.
JMU moves to 51-9 on the season as UCLA improves to 50-6.
Junior Kate Gordon gave the Dukes an early 1-0 lead in the first inning with a solo home-run over the wall in center field for her 23rd of the season.
UCLA answered in the third with a leadoff double from Kinsley Washington who scored on an error, tying the contest at 1-1 before Rachel Garcia made it a 4-1 game with a three-run homer.
The Bruins plated the last two runs in the game on two hits in the fourth for a final score of 6-1. With two outs, junior Madison Naujokas singled up the middle in the fifth for JMU’s second and last hit of the contest.
Redshirt senior Megan Good started in the circle, pitching 3 1/3 innings in which she earned four strikeouts while giving up four hits in her seventh loss of the season. Junior Odicci Alexander entered in relief in the fourth, throwing 2 2/3 innings in which she fanned four batters.
QUOTING COACH LAPORTE
“It was great to see Kate put us on the board early with a home run, but we faced a great pitcher tonight in Rachel Garcia and we didn’t do a good of making adjustments in later at-bats. We need to put tonight behind us, come out strong tomorrow and play JMU softball to force a third game.”
FOR HISTORY’S SAKE
--With her start in tonight’s game, Good is now tied with Taylor Newton for all-time games started with 234.
--With Gordon’s home run, she is now the Colonial Athletic Association’s single-season home run leader (23).
The Dukes and Bruins are back in action tomorrow for Game 2 of the L.A. Super Regional. First pitch is set for 8 p.m. ET and will be available on ESPN.