JMU softball defeats No. 15 Michigan twice, earns trip to Super Regional
James Madison softball defeated No. 19 Michigan twice on the final day of the Ann Arbor Regional, winning 3-0 and 2-1, to pave its way to the program’s second NCAA Super Regional.
With two wins on the day, the Dukes improve to 51-8 on the season – marking JMU’s third-ever 50-win season. For this first time in 2019, Michigan lost at Alumni Field and finished its season at 45-13.
Redshirt senior Megan Good was dominant in the circle, pitching all 14 innings in which she only gave up one earned run and three walks while racking up 11 strikeouts. Good struck out the final batter of the game to garner her 200th strikeout of her senior campaign.
The Dukes hit three home runs on the day as Good, Sara Jubas and Kate Gordon each hit a long ball, upping JMU’s total to 101 on the year. Jubas led the Dukes at the plate with three hits while three others notched two.
Gordon notched JMU’s first hit of the day with a single up the middle in the bottom of the first and she recorded her second of the game with a solo home run in the third, giving JMU a 1-0 lead.
Jubas hit the second homer of the game and her 14th of the year to expand the Dukes’ lead to 2-0 before she sent a RBI double to center field, plating the final run.
Scoreless through three full innings with only two hits, Good worked a 10-pitch count and blasted her 16th home run of the season into the bleachers in right field, improving her career total to 45.
The Wolverines looked to answer in the bottom of the fourth, starting with a Lou Allan hit-by-pitch. Grace Chelemen entered to pinch run and stole second before she attempted to go home on a Michigan single. Playing the ball in center field, junior Cambry Arnold gunned down Chelemen to keep the Wolverines off the board while ending the inning.
Arnold began the fifth with a leadoff single through the left side and junior Madison Naujokas advanced her to second on a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Hannah File recorded her first hit of the regional, sending a RBI single to center for a 2-0 JMU lead.
Michigan posted their only run of the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.
“As a coach, to watch this team do what they did, it’s something that I’ll never forget. It took a full team effort, a lot of grit and fight, and that’s what we talked about before the game. All of the hours that this team has put in together, whether it be off the field or in practice, made today possible.”
--The Dukes went 4-1 in the Ann Arbor Regional, defeating DePaul twice before knocking off No. 15-seeded Michigan two times on Monday. JMU’s only loss of the regional was to Michigan on Saturday in 12 innings.
--JMU is the only non-seeded team to advance to a NCAA Super Regional.
--Jubas led the Dukes over the week with a .533 batting average, picking up eight hits including two solo homers and two doubles.
--Gordon hit a team-high four home runs in the regional – the Dukes blasted eight overall.
--Good pitched 27 2/3 innings across four games in which she tallied 21 K’s for a 0.76 ERA while Alexander went 2-0 through 11 1/3 frames with nine strikeouts.
The Dukes travel to Los Angeles to face two-seeded UCLA in the Los Angeles Super Regional. The three-games series will begin on Friday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET at Easton Stadium.