HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Propelled by five home runs, No. 16 James Madison softball shattered numerous records to shut out Elon, 12-0, in five innings to earn the program’s fifth Colonial Athletic Association Championship on Friday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.
JMU improves its season record to 47-7 to receive the CAA’s automatic bid into the 2019 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament while Elon ends its season at 33-20-1.
Junior Odicci Alexander hurled her ninth one-hitter in her 22nd victory of the 2019 campaign while racking up nine strikeouts. With her 0.00 ERA and .500 batting average in the tournament, Alexander was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2019 CAA Championship.
The Dukes used three home runs in the first inning to jump out to a 7-0 lead as sophomore Hannah File and junior Madison Naujokas each hit a solo homer before freshman Victoria Figueroa launched her first career grand slam.
Drawing back-to-back walks in the second, sophomore Sara Jubas sent a three-run shot to left center to expand JMU’s lead to 10-0. In the third, Jubas tacked on the final two runs with her second long ball of the game, securing the run-rule victory with a score of 12-0.
Alexander was named the Most Outstanding Player while Gordon, Good and Jubas were selected for the All-Tournament Team due to their stellar performances over the past three days.
FOR HISTORY’S SAKE
--The Dukes set multiple CAA tournament records as a team: runs in championship game (12), home runs in a game (5), home runs in all games (10), batting average (.456), slugging percentage (.589), on base percentage (.589 and most runs in three games (33).
---Jubas broke the CAA tournament record with a 2.400 slugging percentage in all games. Alexander tied for a 0.00 ERA and two shutouts.
---This is the first time JMU has scored seven runs in a single inning since play Virginia on April 23.
---JMU’s five home runs were the most since playing No. 6 Tennessee in the season-opening invitational in Clearwater on Feb. 16.
--This is the first time JMU has scored seven runs in a single inning since playing Virginia on April 23.
QUOTING COACH LAPORTE
“I’m super proud of our offense for coming out and scoring seven runs in the first inning. We played JMU softball today by staying disciplined at the plate and hitting the using the long ball to score runs. CC was strong in the circle all throughout the tournament and she was great again today. We played a tough preseason schedule and I feel like we proved ourselves early in the season against top-25 teams. Our team is in a good place right now and will do a good job wherever we go for NCAAs – whether we host or not.”
JMU will learn its fate in the 2019 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament during the NCAA Softball Selection show on Sunday night at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. In the 64-team bracket, 16 teams will be seeded as the top team to host a regional.