WILMINGTON, N.C., April 7, 2013 – Freshman pitcher Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) limited her opponent to one run in the circle and smacked her ninth home run of the season at the plate to help lead the James Madison softball team to a 6-1 win over UNCW at Boseman Field on Sunday.
The Dukes completed their third Colonial Athletic Association series sweep of the season, improving to 27-9 overall and 9-0 in the league. The Seahawks dropped to 12-22 and 1-7 in the CAA.
Ford tossed her 11th complete game of the season, earning the win to improve to 14-2. She limited UNCW to one run on two hits in seven innings. The left-hander struck out nine and walked two.
Jordyn Schmidt pitched six innings in relief, taking the loss to fall to 4-9. She allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits. She struck out four and did not walk a batter. Casey Rowland drew the start and pitched a perfect first inning, but was lifted in the top of the second.
Three Dukes finished with a pair of hits in the game led by senior center fielder Jasmine Butler (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) who went 2-for-4 with two runs, two steals and a RBI. Sophomore right fielder Sarah Mooney (Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg) added two hits, a steal, a RBI and a run while senior third baseman Haley Johnson (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Ford contributed a home run in three trips to the plate.
Center fielder Erin Brown paced the UNCW attack, going 1-for-3 with a RBI double. First baseman CJ Moose added a double in three at-bats while left fielder Morgan McCann walked and scored a run.
The Dukes created havoc on the base baths in the top of the third, stealing five bases on their way to grabbing a 3-0 lead. Johnson led off win a single through the right side. Junior pinch runner Anna Klumpp (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View) moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before stealing third. Sophomore left fielder Morgan Heath (Yorktown, Va./Grafton), who reached on a dropped third strike, stole second and Klumpp came in to score on the throw down to second. Butler drove in Heath with a single up the middle. She stole second, moved to third on a fielding error and scored on a ground-out by Mooney.
A one-out walk and a hit-by-pitch helped the Seahawks get a run back in the bottom of the fourth. Ford walked McCann on four pitches and followed that by hitting shortstop Lauryn Buckworth with a pitch. The left-hander got the next batter to pop out, but couldn’t escape the inning unharmed as she gave up a double into the gap to Brown. McCann came in to score on the play.
Madison extended its lead with a two-run home run by Ford in the top of the sixth inning. Mooney led off the frame with a single to left field. Ford patiently waited out a full count, before driving the sixth pitch of the at-bat to left-center. It was her ninth homer of the season, tying her with Mooney for the second-most by a freshman in school history.
The Dukes stung together back-to-back two out hits in the top of the seventh to extend the lead up to 6-1. Butler started the rally with an infield single. She stole second and scored on a double off the fence by freshman catcher Erica Field (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park).
The steal by Butler was the seventh of the game by the Dukes, tying the school record for steals in a game. It was the fourth time this season JMU has stolen seven bases in a game.
JMU returns home on Wednesday as it opens up a seven-game homestand by hosting Virginia Tech at Veterans Memorial Park. First pitch for the doubleheader with the Hokies is scheduled for 5 p.m.
NOTES: Sunday’s game was the 200th career game for Butler. She moves in the a tie for eighth on the school’s all-time games played list … Ford’s nine home runs this season is tied for the fifth-most in a single-season by a Duke. She trails Julia Dominguez’s (2006-09) freshman record by one and Ashley Burnham’s (2009-12) school record
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