JMU softball splits pair of games to open season

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – No. 23/25 James Madison softball began its 2019 campaign splitting two games to go 1-1 on Friday in the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational. The Dukes fell to Cal, 7-2, but bounced back with an impressive 9-1 victory in six innings over No. 19/22 Oregon.

GAME 1 vs. Cal
Cal took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but the Dukes answered right back as freshman Lexi Lomax singled to left, sending sophomore Hannah File home to even the game at 1-1.

Fielding errors led Cal to score six runs in the third inning. Junior Kierstin Roadcap singled through the left side, bringing junior Kate Gordon home to make the score 7-2. Sophomore Payton Buresch was credited with the loss after giving up three hits and one earned run in two innings.

GAME 2 vs. Oregon
In her first appearance in the circle since 2017, redshirt senior Megan Good picked up her first win of the season after tallying eight strikeouts in six complete innings. With the victory, Good tallied the 100th win of her career.

Led by Arnold and Alexander who reached home plate two times apiece, JMU scored four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.

The Dukes are back for two games tomorrow afternoon, as they face FAU at 1 p.m. and No. 6 Tennessee at 4 p.m. The game against Tennessee will be available to watch on ESPN3.