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JMU roundup: Highlanders take down Dukes

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RADFORD -- Left fielder Patrick Marshall went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and Radford took control with a five-run third inning for a 9-3 lead before recording a 14-5 victory over James Madison in a non-conference baseball game on Wednesday evening at the RU Baseball Stadium.

RU improved to 17-14, while JMU fell to 11-19.

Junior center fielder Kevin Husum drove in two runs for JMU and walked twice. Senior second baseman Conner Brown and sophomore designated hitter Bobby San Martin each had two hits with a double, a run and an RBI.

The Highlanders led the Dukes in hits just 11-8 but stole seven bases and earned 10 walks. Marshall singled twice, doubled and hit his third home run. Designated hitter Zach Woolcock was the only other Radford player with multiple hits. First baseman Alexander Lee drove in three runs.

Mitchell MacKeith finished the fifth inning to earn the win for Radford after allowing one run on two hits in 3 1/3 innings. Junior Patrick Toohers allowed the go-ahead run after a 3-3 tie to take the loss (0-4).

With the score tied at 3-3, Radford took the lead in the bottom of the second on Lee's RBI groundout. The Highlanders then took command with a five-run third, loading the bases on the first three batters on an error and two walks. A wild pitch scored one run. Second baseman Josh Gardiner's sacrifice fly was followed by right fielder Aaron Scoville's bunt single to make it 7-3. Lee added an RBI groundout and Marshall made it 9-3 with his RBI double.

JMU picked up one run in the fifth on Brown's RBI single to score Husum, but Radford responded with three in the bottom of the frame with Lee's RBI single and Marshall's two-run home run to right. The Highlanders struck again in the sixth with two runs scoring unearned on a throwaway on a steal attempt. The final run of the game came in the seventh as JMU got an RBI double from San Martin.

Radford took the early lead with three in the first with Marshall's single with runners on the corners pushing in the first run. Woolcock added an RBI single and center fielder Blake Sipe drew a bases-loaded walk. JMU tied it in the second as redshirt sophomore shortstop Kyle Weston singled to score the first run. Husum's single to center pushed across two runs to make it 3-3.

Third-place JMU will seek its second straight CAA series win this weekend as it welcomes first-place William and Mary for a three-game set at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park. First pitch Friday is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's game is also at 6:30 with Sunday's finale at 2 p.m.

Softball

HARRISONBURG -- Sophomore pitcher Jailyn Ford struck out 11 to lead the James Madison softball team to a split in a non-conference doubleheader with Longwood at Veterans Memorial Park on Wednesday.

JMU took game one 4-2 behind Ford's complete-game effort before falling to Longwood, 5-1, in game two.

The Dukes lost for only the second time this season at home and only the fourth time in the last two seasons. They ran their season record to 29-12 while Longwood improved to 26-8.

Longwood pitcher Elizabeth McCarthy matched Ford's excellent effort from game one with one of her own in the nightcap. The left-hander earned the win to improve to 10-3, holding the Dukes to one run on five hits and two walks in seven innings of work. She struck out eight.

Junior right-hander Heather Kiefer took the loss for Madison to fall to 13-6. She gave up four runs, but just one was earned, on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. The Potomac Falls native struck out two and did not walk a batter. Kelly Wishard pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief. She gave up one run on three hits.

Offensively, the Lancers were paced by catcher Megan Baltzell who went 3-for-4 with a double and a run while shortstop Emily Murphy was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Left fielder Casey Lifsey added two hits, including a home run, two runs and a RBI.

Freshman center fielder Niki Prince and freshman third baseman Madyson Moran combined for four of the Dukes' five hits. Price was 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI while Moran went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Senior shortstop Caitlin Sandy had Madison's other hit, going 1-for-3 with a single.

Ford earned the win in game one after tossing her 15th complete game of the season. She improved to 16-6 by limiting the Lancers to two runs on six hits in seven innings of work. The left-hander tied her season-high with 11 strikeouts and did not walk a batter.

Libby Morris took the loss to fall to 13-5. The righty allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings pitched. She struck out two and walked three.

Offensively, the Dukes were paced by senior first baseman Cassidy Clayton who went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run and a RBI. Sandy homered in three at-bats while freshman third baseman Hannah Hayes went 1-for-2 with a double a run and a RBI.

Baltzell went 3-for-3 with a run to guide the Lancers' attack. Sciaccca added a hit and two RBIs while Shinrock was 1-for-3 with a run.

The Dukes are back in action this weekend as they travel to Philadelphia for a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series at Drexel.

Sandy, Ford earn ECAC honors

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison softball senior shortstop Caitlin Sandy and sophomore pitcher/first baseman Jailyn Ford collected a pair of honors from the Eastern College Athletic Conference on Wednesday. Sandy became the second player this season to be named the Corvias ECAC Softball South Region Player of the Week while Ford garnered South Region Pitcher of the Week.

Sandy hit .500 (8-for-16), with two home runs and six RBIs in leading the Dukes to a 5-0 record last week. The senior also contributed six runs scored, a double and two walks.

Sandy committed only one error in the field in 25 attempts for a .960 fielding percentage. In Saturday's doubleheader against Towson, Sandy became the 10th player in school history to play in at least 200 games as she moved into seventh on program's all-time list with 202 games played and a tie for seventh in games started (199). The Fayetteville, N.C. native also moved past Jenn Chavez (2006-08) for sixth on the program's hit list with 163.

Ford wins ECAC South Region Pitcher of the Week. She went 2-0 with a save and a 0.00 ERA in a trio of appearances during the week. The left-hander struck out 11 and held her opponents to a .163 batting average against in 11 2/3 innings pitched. She made all of her appearances in relief, collecting a win and a save in two showings versus Virginia Tech while getting the win in the series finale against Towson.

At the plate, Ford batted .500 (7-for-14) with three home runs and six RBIs. She added a double, five runs scored and five walks.

Women's tennis

RICHMOND -- James Madison women's tennis closed its road schedule with a 5-2 win at Richmond on Wednesday afternoon. The Dukes enter their final weekend of the regular season with an 11-5 overall record while the Spiders sit at 6-11.

Madison fell behind 1-0 in doubles action when seniors Jacqueline Palmucci and Ruxandra Andriescu dropped an 8-3 decision to Brittany Boys and Katya Salas at the No. 2 position. The junior-freshman duo of Taylor Pinchoff and Alex Huie followed with an 8-1 win over Melissa Kandinata and Anna Abadias Morales at the No. 1 position to tie the doubles score at 1-1.

Junior Cara Wirth and redshirt junior Sarah Khan clinched the doubles point for JMU with an 8-5 victory over Elizabeth Sims and Denny Lamachia at the No. 3 position, giving the Dukes a 1-0 advantage over the Spiders heading into singles action.

The Spiders opened singles play with a win at No. 4 singles to tie the match at 1-all, as Sims defeated Andriescu in straight 6-1 sets. Palmucci, however, quickly regained the JMU lead as she dropped Lamachia 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 5 position.

Huie pushed the Dukes advantage to 3-1 after a two-set victory (6-1, 6-4) over Boys at No. 2 singles before freshman Rachel Nelson secured the decisive fourth point for JMU with a two-set win (6-4, 6-2) over Kandinata at No. 3 singles.

Freshman Emily Bradshaw tallied the final JMU point of the afternoon with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Salas at No. 6 singles. At No. 1 singles, Pinchoff rallied from a 7-5 loss in set one to Abadias Morales for a 6-4 win in set two before falling 10-7 in the third-set tiebreaker.

JMU returns home for its final two matches of the regular season, beginning with a 2:30 p.m. clash with Radford on Friday.


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