NEWARK, Del. -- No. 17 James Madison improved its win streak to 15 as the Dukes took both games of the doubleheader, defeating the Blue Hens 5-1 and 7-1 on Friday afternoon in Colonial Athletic Association action at the Delaware Softball Diamond.
JMU upped its record to 43-7 overall and 19-1 in conference play while Delaware fell to 22-8 and 7-13. Sophomore Logan Newton led the Dukes at the plate, going a perfect 4-for-4 on the day with two RBI.
In game one, junior Madison Naujokas and sophomore Sara Jubas each had a home run, adding to the team’s season total of 82. The Dukes are two shy of tying the single-season record of 84 set in 2018.
The Dukes recorded the first run of the game in the top of the second, beginning with a double from Newton. Junior Kierstin Roadcap reached on a fielding error which scored Newton, giving JMU a 1-0 lead.
Delaware evened the score at 1-1 in the fourth with a solo home run by Brooke Glanden. JMU responded in the fifth as Naujokas launched her fourth long ball of the season to left center, taking back the lead at 2-1.
In the top of the sixth, sophomore Sara Juabs blasted her ninth homer of the season with a two-run shot to left center to up JMU’s lead to 4-1. Sophomore Hannah File began the seventh with a leadoff single to left field. She picked up her first stolen base of the season and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Junior Odicci Alexander plated the Dukes’ final run of the game as she sent a sacrifice fly to right (5-1).
Alexander earned her 20th win of the season after five innings in the circle in which she tallied seven strikeouts. Sophomore Payton Buresch entered the game in the sixth and notched her second save of the season as she retired the Blue Hens in two straight innings.
Singling through the ride side, Jubas recorded the first hit of the game in the second. Roadcap reached on a fielder’s choice, placing runners on the corners with two outs for junior Cambry Arnold. Capitalizing at the plate, Arnold sent a shot through the left side to score the first run of game two. Naujokas then reached on a fielding error, loading the bases for File who brought in a run on a hit by pitch (2-0).
The Dukes plated four runs on four hits in the fourth as Roadcap started the momentum with a leadoff single. Sophomore Sydney LaScola entered the game to pinch run and moved up on a sac bunt from Arnold. Naujokas hit a RBI single up the middle before the next two JMU batters drew walks. Alexander and Newton both notched RBI singles while a Delaware fielding error gave JMU a 6-0 lead.
The Blue Hens scored a run in the bottom half of the fourth as Good hit a batter to walk in a run. Newton hit her third single of the day through the right side, plating the final run of the game in the sixth (7-1).
Good hurled seven complete innings while racking up 10 strikeouts in her 17th win of the season.
QUOTING COACH LAPORTE
“We came here this weekend knowing that Delaware was going to put up a fight to try to earn their spot in the tournament and that’s what they did. We weren’t as explosive at the plate, but our girls were able to deliver in clutch moments to get the wins. I thought our pitchers looked strong in the circle and did a great job limiting Delaware to only a few hits.”
The Dukes close out their final regular-season conference series with a noon game against Delaware tomorrow.