CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 16, 2013 – The James Madison softball team earned a doubleheader split on day two of the College of Charleston Cougar Classic. JMU downed Towson 11-1 in five innings in game two after falling to East Tennessee State 5-4 in eight innings in game one.
The split ran the Dukes record to 3-1 on the season after opening the season with a sweep on Friday. Towson dropped to 0-3 on the weekend on 4-4 overall. ETSU improved to 2-5 this season and 2-1 in the tournament.
In game two, Madison pounded out 12 hits and scored 11 runs in five innings of work. Senior catcher Megan Shinaberry (Davie, Fla./McCarthy) led the way, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs and a RBI. Junior shortstop Caitlin Sandy (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt) homered and drove in two runs, while senior centerfilder Jasmine Butler (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) added two hits, two runs and a RBI. Sophomore left fielder Morgan Heath (Grafton, Va./Yorktown) doubled and drove in three in three at-bats.
Towson designated player Erin Wolffe went 1-for-1 with a double, a walk and a RBI to pace the Tiger attack. Center fielder Olivia Yarbrough had a hit in three at-bats and second baseman Macie McGeehan went 1-for-2 with a run scored.
Sophomore right-hander Reba DePriest (Apache Junction, Ariz./Skyline) earned the win to improve to 1-0. She went the distance in the circle, allowing one run on five hits and a walk while striking out seven.
Ambar Hickman earned the loss for TU to drop to 1-1. She gave up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits. She struck out two and walked none in 3 1/3 innings of work. Katie Lingmai ceded four runs on five hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
JMU opened the scoring in the top of first, taking advantage of a Towson miscue for an unearned run. Butler started the rally with a double to left field and scored on a two-out fielding error by the Tiger shortstop.
The Dukes sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth inning, scoring seven runs on eight hits to jump in front 8-0. Freshman third baseman Erica Field (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) singled and doubled in the frame and added a run and a RBI. Junior shortstop Caitlin Sandy (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt) added a two-run homer and Madison also received extra-base hits from Shinaberry, sophomore right fielder Sarah Mooney (Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg) and freshman second baseman Hannah Hayes (LaCrosse, Va./Kenston Forest). The double by Hayes was her first career hit.
Towson got a run back in the bottom of the fourth by putting together a two-out rally. The Tigers picked up three straight singles before Wolfe worked a walk to force in a run.
A bases loaded walk by Hayes and a two-run double by Heath pushed the Dukes out in front 11-1. Freshman first baseman Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) scored on the walk. She led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a double down the left-field line by Shinaberry.
DePriest closed out the game in the fifth, striking out the side to complete the five-inning win.
In game one of the day, JMU and East Tennessee St. went scoreless through the first seven innings before both team’s offenses broke lose in extra innings. JMU scored four times in the top of the eighth, but ceded five runs in the bottom half of the frame as ETSU walked off with the win.
Mooney was dominant in the circle through the first seven innings, but took the loss to drop to 0-1. She allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits and three walks while striking out seven in 7 2/3 innings of work.
ETSU’s Samantha Harrell earned the win to improve to 2-2. The right-hander gave up four runs, one earned, on seven hits, while striking out two in a complete-game effort.
Field went 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI to pace the Dukes offensively, while Mooney added a two-run homer and a run scored. Butler picked up a hit and her fourth stolen base of the season.
Designated player Tara Hartnett went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Buccaneers. Right fielder Alex Everett, shortstop Sam Lower and first baseman Katie Wolff added two hits each.
The Dukes finally broke up the shutout in extra innings, scoring four runs on Harrell in the top of the eighth. Junior pinch runner Anna Klumpp (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View) started the frame on second due to international tiebreaker rules. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a fielder’s choice by ETSU. Sophomore left fielder Morgan Heath (Yorktown, Va./Grafton), who reached on the fielder’s choice, stole third and scored on a single to shallow left field by Field. Mooney followed by smashing the second pitch she saw out over the fence in left-center for a two-run home run.
The Buccaneers got right back into the game in the bottom half of the inning, scoring their first run on a passed ball and a single through the left side by center fielder Nicole Fox. Right fielder Alex Everett then singled to center to put two runners on with one out. A double by first baseman Katie Wolff and an infield single by third baseman Jackie Baird made it 4-3 and put the tying run on third. Mooney struck out the next batter she faced before intentionally walking Lower. Hartnett came through with the big hit, lining a two-run double into the left-center gap for the walk-off hit.
JMU concludes the three-day tournament in Charleston on Sunday with a 10 a.m. game against Syracuse.
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