MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., March 10, 2013 – Freshman pitcher Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) struck out a JMU record 16 batters while tossing her fourth shutout of the season as the James Madison softball team closed out the Chanticleer Challenge with a 2-0 win over Coastal Carolina, Sunday.
JMU ran its winning streak to five games and improved to 14-6 on the season. The loss snapped Coastal’s four-game winning streak and dropped it to 12-11 on the year.
Ford limited the Chanticleers to three base runners, allowing two hits and a walk in seven innings of work. The left-hander earned the win, improving to 6-1 on the campaign. She broke Meredith Felts’ (2006-09) school record of 15 strikeouts, set on March 25, 2009 against George Washington.
Kiana Quolas suffered the loss for the Chanticleers, dropping to 7-5. She allowed two runs on two hits and two walks. The sophomore struck out four in 4 1/3 innings of work. Morgan Mastriania gave up just one hit in 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief.
Senior designated player Megan Shinaberry (Davie, Fla./McCarthy) provided the Dukes with all the offense they needed, going 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs. Junior shortstop Caitlin Sandy (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt) reached base with a single and a walk, adding a run scored and two steals while sophomore first baseman Sarah Mooney (Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg) extended her hitting streak to five games with a single and a stolen base in three at-bats.
Third baseman Kory Hayden and first baseman Jazmin Daigle picked up the only hits for the Chanticleers as each finished the game 1-for-3. Designated player Cacia Pierre was the only other player to reach base as she drew a walk in two trips to the plate.
The only runs of the game came on Shinaberry’s two-run home run in the top of the second inning. Quolas sat down the first two batters she faced with strikeouts, but Sandy extended the inning with a single to right-center field. She moved up to second on a wild pitch before completing the venture around the bases when Shinaberry powered a fly ball over the fence in left-center. It was the first homer of the year for the senior and the fifth of her career.
Ford controlled the game the remainder of the way, only allowing two base runners to advance beyond first base. She threw 78 of her 110 pitches for strikes while 12 of her 16 punch outs were swinging strikeouts.
The Dukes return to play on Wednesday as they travel to Charlottesville, Va., for a doubleheader against Virginia before returning home to host the JMU Invitational at Veterans Memorial Park next weekend.
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