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JMU roundup: Ford to play for national team

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HARRISONBURG -- James Madison softball freshman pitcher Jailyn Ford has accepted an invitation to play for the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball Jr. National Team this summer. If selected, Ford will join the team in late June during training and competition events in hopes of being selected to play Women's World Championships held this year in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

Final selections of the pool of players for the Junior National Team will not occur until mid-April. The players selected will gather at a site still to be determined from June 20-25 for training to determine the selections for the World Championships. The World Championships are being held at the Old Fairgrounds in Brampton, Ontario which is just North of Toronto. The World Championships run from July 1-8 and features teams from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, South Korea, Japan, Czech Republic, China, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Botswana, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Singapore and Venezuela.

Ford has had an impact both in the circle and at the plate for the Dukes as a freshman this season. In the circle she is 10-1 with a 1.55 ERA and one save. She has started 12 games and appeared in 13, tossing five shutouts and eight complete games. The rookie has limited her opponents to a .179 batting average against and has struck out 108 in 76 2/3 innings pitched. She set a new JMU record with 16 strikeouts in a game in a 2-0 shutout of Coastal Carolina and the repeated that feat last weekend against Towson. Nationally, Ford ranks 11th in strikeouts per seven innings, 13th in shutouts, 33rd in hits allowed per seven innings, 42nd in ERA and 70th in wins.

At the plate, Ford is .354 with 14 runs scored and 17 RBIs. She has 12 extra-base hits, including seven doubles and five home runs while adding seven walks and seven steals. Ford leads the team in doubles, is second in home runs and ranks third in batting average and RBIs.

Ford and the Dukes continue their season this weekend as they host Drexel at home at Veterans Memorial Park.


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