HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 22, 2012 – The James Madison softball team wrapped up its fall ball schedule with a doubleheader at Longwood on Oct. 13. JMU went 1-1 in Farmville on the day, winning 6-3 and falling 2-0.
The Dukes went 3-3 overall during the fall season, winning decisions over Radford and Longwood (twice) while losing games to Virginia Tech, Liberty and Longwood. They went 2-2 at the Virginia Military Tournament in Troutville, Va.
Building on its success in 2012, the JMU pitching staff had a successful fall posting a 1.88 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched. Four different players had an ERA under 1.08, led by sophomores Reba DePriest (Apache Junction, Ariz./Skyline) and Heather Kiefer (Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls). The duo did not allow an earned run in a combined nine innings pitched. DePriest gave up two unearned runs on three hits and struck out four in six innings pitched. Kiefer allowed three hits and a walk in three scoreless innings.
Freshman Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) had a 0.58 ERA in 12 innings pitched. She allowed just two runs, one earned, on eight hits in those 12 innings pitched. The rookie left-hander led the team with nine strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Sophomore right-hander Sarah Mooney (Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg) received the most work for the team, pitching 13 innings and posting a 1.08 ERA. She gave up two runs on 11 hits. Mooney struck out six and walked just four.
Offensively, the team hit .265 with a .310 on-base percentage in 157 trips to the plate. The Dukes had five extra-base hits, 10 walks and struck out just 10 times. They also stole 10 bases in 18 attempts.
Four different players hit .400 or better for Madison led by freshman infielder Hannah Hayes (LaCrosse, Va./Kenston Forest) and senior catcher Megan Shinaberry (Davie, Fla./McCarthy), each with a .429 average. Shinaberry went 6-for-14 with an RBI and a stolen base while Hayes was 3-for-7 with two stolen bases. Junior infielder Caitlin Sandy (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt) hit .417 with a RBI while freshman utility player Erica Field (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) hit .400 (6-for-15) with a double, two steals and two RBIs.
Sophomore outfielder Morgan Heath (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) and Mooney tied for the team lead with three RBIs each while Ford led all players with four walks. Senior outfielder Jasmine Butler (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) was a team-best 4-for-5 in steal attempts.
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