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WILLIAMSBURG - William and Mary grabbed a 5-1 lead after one inning and finished a three-game sweep over James Madison with an 8-4 decision in a Colonial Athletic Association baseball game Sunday afternoon at Plumeri Park.
W&M improved to 25-13 overall and 9-3 in the CAA. JMU fell to 14-20 overall with its 11th loss in a row and was swept in its third straight league series to drop to 6-11 in conference play.
Starter Jason Inghram improved to 5-3 after working around nine hits allowed in five innings. He allowed four runs, only one earned, and struck out three. Matt Wainman worked the final two innings allowing one hit to save all three games of the series.
Redshirt sophomore Michael Howerton recovered from a shaky first inning to work 7 2/3 innings with eight runs, seven earned, allowed on nine hits. He walked six and struck out four.
Center fielder Ryan Brown was 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI for W&M. Shortstop Ryan Williams was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
JMU led W&M in hits 11-9 to finish the series outhitting the Tribe 36-25 with an advantage in all three games. Junior second baseman Conner Brown was 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in the fifth that cut the deficit to 6-4. Senior shortstop Casey Goss and sophomore left fielder Chad Carroll each had two-hit games.
The Tribe got to Howerton early with a hit batter, single and walk loading the bases before another walk made it 1-0. Left fielder Jonathan Sarty and Williams each delivered two-run hits to make it 5-1.
W&M added a run in the second on an RBI groundout after an error had put runners on the corners with one out.
Brown's home run to left in the fifth cut the margin to 6-4. However, the Tribe staged a two-out rally in the eighth, getting RBI singles by right fielder Derek Lowe and Brown to make it 8-4. After stranding two runners in the eighth, Wainman worked a quiet ninth to complete the save.
JMU will have two midweek games for the first time this season, traveling to Radford on Tuesday and Longwood on Wednesday.
HARRISONBURG - Three players smacked home runs and junior pitcher Heather Kiefer tossed a three-hit shutout to lead the James Madison softball team to an 8-0, five-inning win over George Mason at Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday.
JMU officially clinched a spot in the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Championship as it improved to 31-10 overall and 12-0 in the conference. George Mason dropped to 12-30 and 2-10 in the league.
Kiefer earned the win for the Dukes to improve to 11-5. She threw her second shutout of the weekend and her fourth of the season. The right-hander allowed three hits while striking out three and walking none.
Stephanie Maher took the loss for the Patriots, dropping to 2-7. She gave up four runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk in an inning of work. Casey Herring allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in 3 1/3 innings of relief.
Offensively, the Dukes received home runs from senior third baseman Haley Johnson, sophomore right fielder Sarah Mooney and freshman first baseman Jailyn Ford. Ford reached base three times, going 2-for-2 with a homer, a double, a walk, two runs and two RBIs. Mooney added two hits in three at-bats, adding two RBIs and a two runs while junior shortstop Caitlin Sandy went 1-for-2 with a walk and a RBI.
Three players recorded hits for Mason led by third baseman Tori Rodriguez who went 1-for-2 with a single Right fielder Tiffany Webb added a bunt single in three at-bats while designated player Reagan Doiron was 1-for-2.
JMU took advantage of a Mason fielding error in the bottom of the first to put three unearned runs on the board. Sophomore left fielder Morgan Heath reached on the fielding error to lead off the inning. The Patriots retired the next two batters on a fielder's choice and a pop-out to bring Mooney to the plate with two outs. She lofted a single into left-center field and senior center fielder Jasmine Butler, who was running on the pitch, scored from first on the play. Ford followed Mooney's single by blasting her 11th home run of the season to extend the lead to 3-0.
Ford set a JMU freshman record with her 11th home run, passing the mark previously held by catcher Julia Dominguez (2006-09). She also tied former JMU shortstop Ashley Burnham (2009-12) for the second-most four-baggers in a season.
Johnson hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the second. It was the senior's second homer of the season and the 14th of her career, tying her for seventh all-time. The Dukes kept scoring in the frame as infield singles by Heath and freshman second baseman Hannah Hayes set up a two-run double by freshman catcher Erica Field before Mooney capped the inning with a solo home run.
It was Mooney's 11th home run of the season and the 20th of her career. She is tied with Katie Spitzer (2008-11) for third on the school's all-time list and with Ford and Burnham for the second-most in a single season.
JMU put the game away with a pair of one-out hits in the bottom of the fifth. Ford doubled off the fence in left and scored on a single to center by Sandy.
The Dukes return to play on Wednesday, April 17 as they host Liberty for a non-conference doubleheader at Veterans Memorial Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. against the Flames.
PHILADELPHIA -- The James Madison women's lacrosse team scored the game's first four goals and went on to post a 16-9 win at Drexel in Colonial Athletic Association action on Sunday afternoon.
JMU improved its overall record to 9-5 and its CAA record to 4-1. The win guaranteed JMU a berth in the four-team postseason CAA Tournament.
Drexel, which suffered its first league loss and saw its winning streak end at four games, has a 10-4 overall record and is 3-1 in league play.
JMU's leading scorer was sophomore Ali Curwin scoring on all four of her shots and adding an assist. Junior Amy Roguski tallied three goals, redshirt senior Rebecca McLouth scored twice and had two assists, and sophomore Steph Finley contributed two goals and an assist. Redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow was held scoreless for the first time this season, but she had a game-high three assists and now has a point in 69 of her 70 career games.
Drexel was led in scoring by Alyse Maiden with four goals and an assist; she was the only Dragon with multiple goals.
Roguski scored twice, both times off passes from McLouth, and Curwin and Finley each netted a goal in JMU's four-goal start over the first 16:45 of the opening half.
Drexel responded with three straight scores to cut the margin to 4-3 at the 10:57 mark. In the scoring stretch the Dragons controlled three consecutive draws and scored on three shots in a row, one by Emily Duffey, the second by Maiden and the final goal by Kelli Joran. The run covered a span of just 1:27.
However, the Dukes scored the game's next three goals to build a 7-3 lead on a Roguski goal off a Curwin pass at 3:46. Redshirt sophomore Kaci Starkloff started the 3-0 run with a goal assisted by Ancarrow at 9:03, and Curwin got the second goal, also on a pass from Ancarrow, at 6:39.
Drexel's Amanda Norcini scored just 11 seconds after Roguski had given the Dukes a four-goal lead, and her goal got the Dragons within 7-4 at intermission.
JMU put the game away by opening the second period with six straight goals. Curwin began and ended the run, scoring at 24:18 and again at 11:30 to push the Dukes lead to nine goals, 13-4, with 11:30 on the clock. Sandwiched between the two Curwin scores were goals by Finley, McLouth, redshirt junior Megan Piotrowicz and freshman Taylor Gress.
Drexel held the advantage on both shots (26-22) and draw controls (18-9) but turned the ball over 12 times to only seven for JMU.
JMU sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy made nine saves. Drexel starting goalkeeper Teresha Bradley had one save and allowed 12 goals in 44:22, and reserve Amanda Santandria had two saves and four goals allowed in the final 15:38.
Dukes sophomore Lexi Cross led her team with two ground balls, and Roguski had a team-high three draw controls. Senior Kelsey MacDonald and Finley each controlled two draws.