ORLANDO, Fla., March 2, 2013 – Junior pinch runner Anna Klumpp (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View) scored a walk-off run to defeat Illinois State 3-2 in game one to help the James Madison softball team earn a split on day two of the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla., Saturday. JMU dropped game two to No. 14/14 Michigan, 9-1 in six innings.
The Dukes ran their record to 2-2 in the Citrus Classic and 9-5 overall. Illinois State dropped to 10-10 and Michigan improved to 13-4.
Against the Wolverines, sophomore right-hander Heather Kiefer (Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls) took a tough-luck loss, falling to 2-3 overall. She gave up five runs, but only one was earned, on four hits and a walk. The second-year pitcher struck out two in 3 2/3 innings of work. Sophomore right-hander Sarah Mooney (Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg) gave up four runs on five hits while striking out two in two innings of relief. Fellow sophomore pitcher Reba DePriest (Apache Junction, Ariz./Skyline) retired the only batter she faced in 1/3 inning of relief.
Sara Driesenga picked up the win for the Wolverines to improve to 12-3 overall. She allowed one unearned run on four hits while striking out 10 in a complete-game effort.
Four different hitters recorded singles for the Dukes led by junior pinch hitter Catherine Clavin (Puquoson, Va./Puquoson) who went 1-for-1 with an RBI. Junior shortstop Caitlin Sandy (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt) went 1-for-2 with a run scored while freshmen Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) and Erica Field (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) each supplied a hit in two at-bats.
Shortstop Sierra Romero powered the UM attack with three hits, including a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. Second baseman Ashley Lane added a 2-for-4 showing with a solo home run and designated player Jaclyn Crummey went 2-for-3 with a run.
Michigan opened the scoring by capitalizing on a Madison error in the top of the third inning to gain a 1-0 lead. Kiefer got two quick outs to start the frame, but followed that up with a single by Romero and a walk by Driesenga. First baseman Caitlin Blanchard then sent a chopper to the right side that was misplayed by the Dukes and Romero raced around third for the go-ahead run.
The Dukes committed two more errors in the fourth leading to four runs for the Wolverines. Driesenga supplied the big knock, lining a drive into right field that got past Mooney for a three-run error. Following the error, Mooney came in to relieve Kiefer and got out of the inning with a strikeout.
The Wolverines gave an unearned run back to the Dukes in the fifth inning as Clavin picked up an RBI single. Sandy started the rally with a one-out single through the left side. She moved to second on a fielding error and scored as Clavin drove a first-pitch strike into center.
Romero hit a two-run shot to extend the Michigan lead up to six runs in the sixth inning. Right fielder Nicole Sappingfield laced a single into left field to lead off the inning. She scored as Romero hit a fly out to right field that carried out of the fence for her fifth homer of the year. Three batters later, left fielder Sierra Lawrence launched a solo shot out to left-center field, her second of the year, to make it 8-1. Ashley Lane made it back-to-back home runs with a solo shot to left field. It was her fourth of the year and extended the lead to 9-1.
Driesenga retired the Dukes in order in the bottom half of the six to end the game.
In game one, freshman pitcher Jailyn Ford struck out nine in earning a complete-game victory. The rookie left-hander improved to 5-0 after limiting Illinois State to two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks in eight innings of work.
Sophia Perez took the loss for the Redbirds to drop to 1-1. She allowed one unearned run on two hits in relief. The right-hander struck out four in 3 1/3 innings of work. Regan Romshek started the game, going four innings while receiving the no-decision. Romshek gave up two runs, one earned on six hits and a walk.
Senior center fielder Jasmine Butler (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) paced the Dukes’ offense, going 3-for-3 with a triple, a run and a stolen base. Freshman second baseman Hannah Hayes (LaCrosse, Va./Kenston Forest) added a hit, a steal and a RBI while senior designated player Megan Shinaberry (Davie, Fla./McCarthy) walked once and scored a run.
As a team, JMU stole seven bases in seven attempts. No player had more than one steal for the Dukes.
Illinois State was led by designated player Shelby Music. She went 1-for-4 with a home run, a run and two RBIs. Right fielder Nichelle Harrison and center fielder Lauren Kellar each supplied a hit each in three at-bats.
JMU jumped out to a lead on ISU in the bottom of the first inning by capitalizing on a wild pitch. Butler got things started with a one-out single down the line in left. She moved to third on an infield single by Field and a fielder’s choice. Romshek uncorked a wild pitch on a 2-1 count and Butler won the race to the plate for the 1-0 lead.
A two-run home run by Music helped the Redbirds take the lead in the top of the third. Catcher Elizabeth Kay came around to score on the blast after reaching on a Dukes’ fielding error. Music was down in the count 1-2 but turned on an inside pitch and deposited it over the right-field fence.
Hayes beat out a bunt single with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning to help the Dukes tie the game at two. Shinaberry started the rally with a walk and moved to second on a fielding error. After a fielder’s choice moved the runner to third, Hayes dropped down a bunt to the third baseman and raced to first for the RBI.
Madison walked off with the win in the bottom of the eighth inning. After Ford struck out two Redbirds in the top half of the inning with a runner on third and one out, the Dukes started with a runner on second due to international tiebreaker rules. ISU got the first batter pop out, but during the ensuing at-bat, Klumpp stole third and came in to score on a throwing error by Kay.
JMU closes out the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic on Sunday morning, taking on No. 10/12 Oregon at 11:15 a.m.
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