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HARRISONBURG - Old Dominion University posted 19 hits, including nine for extra bases, to defeat James Madison University 14-2 and complete a Colonial Athletic Association series sweep on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park.
ODU improved to 16-14 overall and 7-8 in the CAA. JMU lost its seventh game in a row to fall to 14-16 and fell for the sixth straight time in league play to drop to 6-8.
The 19 hits by the Monarchs were a season high while also matching the JMU opponent season high. ODU collected two doubles, four triples and three home runs in the game.
Not to be overshadowed by the hitting, three ODU pitchers combined to limit the Dukes to two runs on seven hits while retiring the final 13 batters in order. Tommy Alexander entered in relief in the fourth and worked 4 1/3 innings while only allowing two hits. He retired 10 straight before giving way to Brandon Smith in the ninth to retire the final three.
Sophomore Patrick Toohers took the loss for James Madison after allowing six runs on five hits in two innings of work. Four different relievers allowed two runs apiece.
Designated hitter Ben Verlander was 3-for-5 with a triple and four RBIs for ODU. Second baseman Austin McGowan homered twice and went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Brian Bashara entered as an injury replacement and went 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple and three RBIs. Center fielder Connor Myers was 3-for-4 while three other Monarchs had multiple hits, including left fielder Josh Eldridge with two triples.
Four players accounted for the seven hits for the Dukes with junior Conner Brown going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. He made his first start of the year on the field at second base after being limited to designated hitter duties due to an injury from the 2012 season. Junior catcher Nick Merullo went 2-for-4.
JMU scored the first run for the first time in the series. With runners on the corners and two out in the first, Brown singled through the left side off the glove of the third baseman for the RBI.
ODU tied the game on one swing in the second with a one-out home run to right by McGowan. The Monarchs kept the inning going with a hit by pitch and two walks to load the bases with two outs. Verlander then unloaded them with a three-run triple to the corner in left. Eldgridge made it back-to-back triples with a shot to the right corner and a 5-1 lead.
The visitors added a sixth run in the third as a double and single to lead off put runners on the corners and chased Toohers. Freshman Mark Gunst relieved and quickly induced a double play with one run scoring. However, ODU kept the inning going with a Tyler Urps single, a stolen base and an RBI single by Brian Beard to make it 7-1.
ODU tacked on run number eight in the fourth as Eldridge tripled for the second time in as many at bats and scored on a double by Jordan Negrini.
JMU finally ended the string of eight unanswered runs in the bottom of the fourth. Brown doubled to left center to lead off the frame. After advancing to third on a groundout, he scored on an RBI grounder by senior right fielder Cole McInturff to make it 8-2.
Urps singled for ODU with one out in the fifth. Beard hit into a potential double play ball but the relay throw bounced to first with Beard just beating it out. That proved key as Myers singled through the left side and Verlander followed with an RBI single to left to make it 9-2.
The Monarchs got a solo shot from Bashara in the sixth and a two-run shot from McGowan in the eighth for a 12-2 score.
JMU will be at Liberty on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in non-conference action.
HARRISONBURG -- Defending Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse champion Towson rode a strong second half to a 16-10 win over No. 19 James Madison Sunday afternoon at University Park.
The visiting Tigers rallied from a four-goal deficit to win their third game in a row and improve their records to 4-7 overall and 3-0 in league play. All seven of Towson's losses have been to Top 20 teams.
JMU dropped to 7-5 overall and 2-1 against CAA opponents.
In a rematch of the past two CAA title games, the Tigers outscored the Dukes 12-2 in a span of 20 minutes to secure the win.
Beginning with a goal by senior Olivia Turner off a pass from redshirt junior Ashleigh Rohrback at 22:53, Towson scored on 12 of 14 shot attempts and controlled 11 of 13 draw attempts in the 20-minute stretch.
For the game, Rohrback had a part in nine Towson scores as she tallied four goals and assisted five others. Junior Rhiannon Coogle also scored four goals, and sophomore Paige Duncan netted three goals. Other multiple-goal scorers for the Tigers were Turner and senior Jackie LaMonica with two apiece.
JMU's top scorer was sophomore Steph Finley, who tied her career high with four goals as she netted all four of the Dukes' second-half scores. Junior Amy Roguski scored three times, and redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow finished with two goals and an assist. Redshirt senior Rebecca McLouth scored a goal and had two assists.
JMU opened the game with four straight goals in the first 6:13. Just 42 seconds into the match, Roguski scored off a pass from McLouth. McLouth then set up Ancarrow for a goal 2:58 into the contest. Ancarrow returned the favor, passing to McLouth for a goal 5:14 into the game, and 49 seconds later Ancarrow tallied an unassisted goal for a 4-0 Dukes lead.
Towson, however, outscored JMU 4-2 in the final 19 minutes and entered the half down only 6-4. The Dukes, though, opened the second half with back-to-back scores by Finley in the first 5:47 to push the JMU lead back to 8-4.
But then the Tigers took over the game, scoring six times in a span of 4:34 to gain a 10-8 lead with 18:19 to play. First, Rohrback set up Turner, who scored the first goal of the run with 22:53 on the clock. Then Duncan netted an unassisted goal at 21:58, and Rohrback passed to Turner for another score at 20:07. Duncan tallied another unassisted score at 18:59, and senior Laura Zinkand scored off a pass from Rohrback. Coogle converted a free-position attempt to finish off the run.
Towson controlled the next two draws, but JMU forced turnovers and Finley's back-to-back goals at 17:47 and 14:38 brought the Dukes even at 10-10.
JMU controlled the ensuing draw, but a shot by Roguski hit the post at 13:42 and Towson sophomore Nadia Podo picked up the ground ball off the rebounds. Over the next 10:49, the Tigers possessed the ball for all but 62 seconds. In that span Towson scored six consecutive goals on a total of seven shots and controlled four of five draw controls while extending its lead to 16-10. Coogle and Rohrback each scored twice and LaMonica and Duncan contributed the other two goals.
JMU, meanwhile, had only one shot attempt in the final 13:42, a free-position attempt by Roguski with 48 seconds left, and the attempt was wide of the mark.
Towson held a 30-22 advantage on shots and finished with 17 draw controls to 11 for JMU.
JMU sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy made seven saves, and Towson sophomore goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly had six stops.
Healy was JMU's leader in ground balls with two, and Roguski had a game-high three draw controls.
WILMINGTON, N.C., April 7, 2013 - Freshman pitcher Jailyn Ford limited her opponent to one run in the circle and smacked her ninth home run of the season at the plate to help lead the James Madison softball team to a 6-1 win over UNCW at Boseman Field on Sunday.
The Dukes completed their third Colonial Athletic Association series sweep of the season, improving to 27-9 overall and 9-0 in the league. The Seahawks dropped to 12-22 and 1-7 in the CAA.
Ford tossed her 11th complete game of the season, earning the win to improve to 14-2. She limited UNCW to one run on two hits in seven innings. The left-hander struck out nine and walked two.
Jordyn Schmidt pitched six innings in relief, taking the loss to fall to 4-9. She allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits. She struck out four and did not walk a batter. Casey Rowland drew the start and pitched a perfect first inning, but was lifted in the top of the second.
Three Dukes finished with a pair of hits in the game led by senior center fielder Jasmine Butler who went 2-for-4 with two runs, two steals and a RBI. Sophomore right fielder Sarah Mooney added two hits, a steal, a RBI and a run while senior third baseman Haley Johnson went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Ford contributed a home run in three trips to the plate.
Center fielder Erin Brown paced the UNCW attack, going 1-for-3 with a RBI double. First baseman CJ Moose added a double in three at-bats while left fielder Morgan McCann walked and scored a run.
The Dukes created havoc on the base baths in the top of the third, stealing five bases on their way to grabbing a 3-0 lead. Johnson led off win a single through the right side. Junior pinch runner Anna Klumpp moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before stealing third. Sophomore left fielder Morgan Heath, who reached on a dropped third strike, stole second and Klumpp came in to score on the throw down to second. Butler drove in Heath with a single up the middle. She stole second, moved to third on a fielding error and scored on a ground-out by Mooney.
A one-out walk and a hit-by-pitch helped the Seahawks get a run back in the bottom of the fourth. Ford walked McCann on four pitches and followed that by hitting shortstop Lauryn Buckworth with a pitch. The left-hander got the next batter to pop out, but couldn't escape the inning unharmed as she gave up a double into the gap to Brown. McCann came in to score on the play.
Madison extended its lead with a two-run home run by Ford in the top of the sixth inning. Mooney led off the frame with a single to left field. Ford patiently waited out a full count, before driving the sixth pitch of the at-bat to left-center. It was her ninth homer of the season, tying her with Mooney for the second-most by a freshman in school history.
The Dukes stung together back-to-back two out hits in the top of the seventh to extend the lead up to 6-1. Butler started the rally with an infield single. She stole second and scored on a double off the fence by freshman catcher Erica Field.
The steal by Butler was the seventh of the game by the Dukes, tying the school record for steals in a game. It was the fourth time this season JMU has stolen seven bases in a game.
JMU returns home on Wednesday as it opens up a seven-game homestand by hosting Virginia Tech at Veterans Memorial Park. First pitch for the doubleheader with the Hokies is scheduled for 5 p.m.