No. 2 JMU Earns 10-2 Victory in Six Innings over No. 3 Delaware in CAA Softball Championship Game Two
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (May 8, 2013) – Second-seeded James Madison scored seven runs during the bottom of the fourth inning and added three in the sixth as the Dukes posted a 10-2 victory in six innings over the third-seeded Delaware on Wednesday during the first day of the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament at the Hofstra Softball Stadium.
The Dukes, who improved to 40-13 on the year, will face Hofstra during Thursday’s first game as the Pride shut out Towson, 6-0, in the opening game on Wednesday. Delaware, which had its three-game winning streak snapped while dropping to 35-21 on the season, will take on the Tigers in an elimination game at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The Blue Hens loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first inning as Jessica Grisler and Shelby Jones each singled before Marisa Newman was hit by a pitch. However Lisa Stacevicz hit a soft liner that was caught by Dukes pitcher Jailyn Ford, who then ran to the third base bag to double off Lara Andrews and end the inning.
The Dukes also loaded the bases with one out during the bottom of the frame, but Delaware starter Taylor Curran got Caitlyn Sandy to bounce into a fielder’s choice and Erica Field to fly out to center to keep the game scoreless.
It was still a 0-0 game through three and a half innings, before JMU exploded for seven runs on eight hits in the bottom of the fourth. The Dukes loaded the bases with one out, before RBI singles by Jasmine Butler and Sarah Mooney gave James Madison a two-run advantage. After Morgan Heath scored on a fielder’s choice by Ford, Sandy drove a single up the middle to score pinch runner Brittany Jeans and make it a 4-0 game. Field then knocked home Cassidy Clayton with an infield single, before Megan Shinaberry capped the rally with a two-run double into the leftfield corner.
The Blue Hens got on the board during the top of the fifth when Amanda Stacevicz led off with a triple to centerfield and scored one out later on a squeeze bunt by Hannah George.
Delaware rallied again in the sixth, as singles by Lara Andrews, Jones and Michelle McKinnon loaded the bases with two outs. Tori Conrad followed by working a walk, forcing home Andrews to cut the deficit to 7-2. Gina Knutson then entered the game as a pinch hitter, but she popped out to second base as Ford got out of the jam.
The Dukes then scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, ending the game due to the mercy rule. After Hannah Hayes and Heath recorded RBI singles, Butler legged out an infield single to score Hayes with the final run.
Heath finished 4 for 4 while Shinaberry and Hayes added three hits apiece for the Dukes, who pounded out 18 hits on the night.
Jones went 2-for-3 to lead the seven-hit Blue Hen attack, while five other UD players had one hit each.
Ford improved to 22-4 for the Dukes after allowing two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts, while Curran dropped to 6-6 for Delaware as she was charged with five runs on 13 hits 5.1 innings of work.
All games throughout the championship will be video-streamed live on CAA.TV for FREE. The streams will also be simulcast on a combination of CSNWashington.com, CSNBaltimore.com and CSNPhilly.com. Live stats will also be available on CAASports.com on CAA Softball Championship Central.