No. 18 JMU softball completes sweep of Hofstra

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- No. 18 James Madison softball completed the Colonial Athletic Association series sweep over Hofstra, defeating the Pride 10-5 on Sunday afternoon at Bill Edwards Stadium.

JMU improves to 27-6 overall and 8-1 in the CAA while Hofstra moves to 16-18 and 3-5. With the win, the Dukes are alone atop of the conference standings.

The Dukes got the bats going early, scoring three runs on three hits in the first inning. Junior Odicci Alexander garnered the first hit of the game with a single to center and sophomore Sara Jubas hit a two-run single to right. Kierstin Roadcap followed with another shot to right, bringing Logan Newton across the plate for a 3-0 lead.

Redshirt senior Megan Good hit a three-run long ball to right field for her 12th homer of the season. With help from Good, the Dukes had consecutive innings in which they scored three runs for a 6-0 lead.

Junior Kate Gordon notched her second hit of the day, sending a ball to left center that just stayed inside the park for a stand-up triple in the fourth. Sophomore Hannah File expanded JMU’s lead in the sixth with a solo homer to right field.

Hofstra put pressure on the Dukes in the bottom of the sixth, using three hits and two JMU errors to score five runs. JMU responded in the seventh with Good and Alexander hitting back-to-back singles. Sophomore Logan Newton brought both across the plate, blasting a three-run bomb to center for her second in the series and eighth on the season (10-5).

Alexander’s record remains unblemished (11-0) after pitching five complete innings in which she tallied four strikeouts while giving up JMU’s two earned runs. Pitching 1 2/3 innings, Good garnered her second save of the season while picking up two strikeouts.

“I’m glad we were able to come away with a win to end a strong series at Hofstra. Moving forward, we need to tighten up defensively and limit our errors in the field. We have a tough week next week with a doubleheader at Virginia Tech and a home series against UNCW.”

The Dukes are back in action Wednesday, April 10 as they take on No. 24 Virginia Tech for a doubleheader in Blacksburg, Va. Game one is set to start at 4 p.m. at Tech Softball Park.