CLEARWATER, Fla. — James Madison softball opened the 2020 season with a shut out win over No. 17/19 Texas Tech, 6-0. Senior Odicci Alexander (1-0) was dominant within the circle for the Dukes tying her profession excessive with 12 strikeouts.
Alexander went the gap for JMU, giving up two hits, strolling one and hanging out 12. Within the batter’s field, the Dukes recorded 10 hits and have been led by junior Logan Newton, who went 2-for-Four on the day with a double and two RBIs. Junior Hannah File put collectively a standout day on the dish as properly, going 3-for-4. Freshman Emily Phillips additionally helped out for JMU, with two hits in 4 journeys to the plate whereas including an RBI.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dukes got here alive within the third with a single Newton that drove in two runners, Sarah Jubas and Kate Gordon, to get JMU on the board first. Junior Hannah File adopted with successful up the center and Alexander rounded the bases to attain for the Dukes. Freshman Emily Phillips was on the plate subsequent and despatched a single down the precise area line to usher in Newton to make the rating 4-0. Within the fifth inning the Dukes added two extra their rating. Madison Naujokas drove in Jessica Ford. Gordon introduced in Michelle Sullivan to place the Dukes at a 6-Zero lead over Texas Tech. JMU stored the Crimson Raiders to 2 hits on the day making good performs on the defensive finish.
» File had three base hits within the recreation for JMU.
» The Dukes out-hit the Crimson Raiders at a 10-2 clip.
» Final time the Duke’s opened the season with double determine hits was in 2017 towards Missouri.
» JMU’s highest scoring inning was the third, when the group pushed 4 runs.
» JMU went 5-for-13 (.385) with runners in scoring place.
» Alexander restricted Texas Tech to simply 0-for-Four with runners in scoring place.
» JMU stored the Crimson Raider to no hits for 4 innings.
» Gordon drew two walks from Texas Tech.
Quoting Coach LaPorte
“I used to be very proud of the best way the ladies performed right this moment,” mentioned Coach LaPorte. “Our total lineup battled on the plate and stayed composed. Odicci pitched an exceptional recreation and we made some good performs defensively. We’re excited to hit the sphere once more tomorrow.”
James Madison softball is again for 2 extra video games tomorrow, as they face Kansas at 1:30 p.m. and No. 19/18 Missouri at 6 p.m. The 2 video games shall be obtainable to observe on ESPN3.
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