HARRISONBURG, Va., March 20, 2013 – The James Madison softball team swept Princeton in a home doubleheader on Wednesday behind solid pitching and opponent errors, winning game one 1-0 and game two 2-0. The Dukes improve to 18-7 while the Tigers fall to 10-8.
Freshman left-hander Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) picked up her eighth win of the season in game one with a complete-game shutout. She surrendered just two hits and one walk, striking out six Tigers. Sophomore right-hander Heather Kiefer (Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls) pitched a complete-game shutout in game two for her sixth win of the season, giving up three hits and one walk with three strike outs.
In game one, Shanna Christian took the loss to fall to 4-3 on the spring as she gave up one earned run and struck out nine. Liza Kuhn is credited with the loss in game two after allowing two runs (one earned) over two innings pitched.
The Tigers were also done in by errors as they committed six errors on Wednesday (three per game) to the Dukes’ two on the day.
Sophomore utility player Sarah Mooney (Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg) blasted her eighth home run this season in game two’s sixth inning to put the Dukes up 2-0. The shot over the left field wall was the 17th of her career and moved her into a tie for fourth all-time in JMU history.
Junior utility player Catherine Clavin (Poquoson, Va./Poquoson) powered the offense in the fifth inning, reaching base with an infield single and advancing to second when the Princeton shortstop was unable to field the ball cleanly. The Dukes brought in junior Brittany Jeans (Camano Island, Wash./Stanwood) to pinch run and scored off of senior utility player Haley Johnson (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run). Johnson reached when the third baseman committed a fielding error and then overthrew the first baseman.
Clavin was also responsible for kick-starting the offense in game one when she doubled into the left field corner in the bottom of the third. Freshman utility player Hannah Hayes (LaCrosse, Va./Kenston Forest) knocked a double of her own into left field to plate Clavin for the go-ahead run.
Posting two hits on the day was senior centerfielder Jasmine Butler (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange). After a single to third base in game one and a triple to right center in game two, she is now just one hit away from the 200 hit club.
Also posting hits for the Dukes were freshman utility player Erica Field (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) and sophomore outfielder Morgan Heath (Yorktown, Va./Grafton). Field had a single to right field in game one and Heath singled through the right side in game two.
For Princeton, Alex Peyton led with two hits on the day, one each game. Alyssa Schmidt was the only other Tiger with a hit in game one while Cara Worden and Danielle Allen each posted hits in game two.
JMU hits the road to open Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend as the Dukes face the Towson Tigers in a Saturday doubleheader and a Sunday matinee. First pitch on March 23 is set for noon.