JMU softball blasts three home runs in win over South Dakota

TEMPE, AZ. – Powered by three home runs, James Madison softball tallied 11 hits in five innings to take down South Dakota, 9-1, on the second day of the ASU Invitational.

The Dukes improve to 9-5 overall and the Coyotes fall to 14-11.

Sophomore Sara Jubas turned in a 3-for-4 performance at the plate while hitting her first home run of the season. Two more Dukes had a multi-hit game: sophomore Hannah File and junior Cambry Arnold (2-for-3).

JMU got an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of a South Dakota error which brought Jubas home to score. Jubas hit a two-run homer in the second, bringing junior Madison Naujokas, who reached on a fielder’s choice, home to expand the Dukes’ lead to 3-0.

Junior Odicci Alexander helped her pitching cause in the third, hitting a solo shot to left field for her third long ball of the year. With one out, Jubas and File hit back-to-back singles in the top of the fourth and were brought home to score by a three-run bomb from junior Kate Gordon. Gordon garnered her sixth homer of the season while giving JMU a comfortable 7-0 lead.

The Coyotes made it 7-1 in the bottom of the fourth, hitting a solo home run out of Gordon’s reach in left field. The Dukes tallied two more runs with consecutive doubles from Naujokas and sophomore Logan Newton in the top of the fifth, securing the victory in five innings.

Alexander only allowed three hits in five complete frames, earning six strikeouts en route to her fifth win in the circle this season.

“I was pleased with our performance at the plate today and thought we did a good job of bringing runners in to score. We had a few changes in our lineup, but I thought our girls adjusted well. CC had another great game in the circle for us and we’re excited to play two more tomorrow.”

The Dukes will close out their Arizona trip tomorrow with contests against New Mexico State at 3:30 p.m. ET and Lehigh at 6 p.m. ET.