JMU rallies at the first day of the NC State Invitational

The James Madison softball team has begun preparations for the 2020 season.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (JMU Athletics) -- No. 24 James Madison softball team split the first day of the NC State Invitational, falling to Lehigh, 6-2, and defeating NC State, 13-5.


Sophomore Kayla Boseman (2-3) started and took the loss in the circle for JMU (6-4). Junior Logan Newton led the way offensively for the Dukes, going 2-for-3 in the ballgame with a home run and two RBIs. Junior Sara Jubas compiled a standout day at the dish as well, going 2-for-3.

The teams were scoreless until the fifth inning when Lehigh hit a two -run home run and then followed with a base hit RBI. JMU answered in the six inning with a two run home run off the bat of Newton to bring home Jubas.The Dukes trailed 3-2 to Lehigh. In the seventh inning Lehigh hit three more home runs to increase their lead over JMU, 6-2.

» JMU's highest scoring inning was the sixth, when it pushed two runs across.
» JMU pitchers faced 36 Lehigh hitters in the game, allowing eight ground balls and seven fly balls while striking out five.
» Newton led the Dukes at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.

Jubas put together a stellar performance at the plate Friday, hitting two homers to help power the James Madison softball team over the NC State Wolf Pack 13-5. Junior Alexis Bermudez (2-0) started in the circle and picked up the win for JMU (7-4). The right-hander went seven innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits, allowing nine walks and striking out six. Jubas went 2-for-4 at the plate, supplementing her two home runs with two RBIs. Junior Hannah File added to Jubas' awesome power-hitting performance by going 1-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. Junior Logan Newton also helped out for the Dukes, going 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and two RBIs.


The Dukes got on the board immediately, starting with a one-out solo home run from Jubas. The Wolf Pack then tied the ballgame at one before the Dukes came back to re-claim their advantage in the third inning. JMU picked up three runs, starting with another solo homer from Jubas. JMU held NC State without a run before building their lead to 8-1 the following inning. The Dukes bats heated up in the fourth inning, scoring four runs, including a two-run double off the bat of Newton. Emily Phillips hit her first home run of her career as well.

The Wolf Pack fought back, closing the gap to 8-4 until JMU added some insurance in the fifth. The Dukes scored four runs in the inning, highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of File, bringing the score to 12-4 in favor of JMU.

NC State got within 12-5 until the Dukes scored again in the seventh inning to stretch its lead to 13-5. Jubas came across to score the lone run of the inning for JMU and get them on the board. The score remained 13-5 for the rest of the game, as the Dukes coasted to the win.

» The Dukes got two home runs off the bat of Jubas.
» Senior Kate Gordon had three base knocks in the game for JMU.
» Bermudez struck out six Wolf Pack hitters.
» JMU's highest scoring inning was the fifth, when it pushed four runs across.
» JMU took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first and didn't surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.
» The Dukes out-hit the Wolf Pack at an 11-8 clip.
» JMU pitchers limited NC State to just 1-for-8 (.125) with runners in scoring position.
» JMU pitchers faced 36 NC State hitters in the game, allowing eight ground balls and five fly balls while striking out six.
» The Dukes drew four walks from NC State pitching.

"It was a rough start to the day but the girls came back with a vengeance in the second game," said Coach LaPorte. "It is all about our focus in big moments, we are learning to keep it and I think it will translate over to tomorrow's games"

No. 24 James Madison will square up with Lehigh at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. The Dukes will then play North Carolina A&T at 12:30 p.m. to wrap up the invitational.