CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 17, 2013 – Freshman pitcher Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) didn’t allow a hit until there were two outs in the top of the sixth inning and tied a James Madison freshman record 13 strikeouts to lead the Dukes to a 8-0, six-inning win over Syracuse in the final game of the College of Charleston Cougar Classic Sunday.
JMU handed Syracuse its first loss of the season, dropping the Orange to 3-1. Madison completed its first weekend of play with a 4-1 overall record.
Ford improved to 2-0 on the season after throwing her second consecutive shutout. She allowed one hit and two walks while striking out 13 in six innings of work. For the weekend, the left-hander went 2-0 and ceded just 5 hits and struck out 19 in 13 innings pitched.
Lindsay Taylor took the loss for Syracuse, dropping to 1-1 on the year. She gave up seven runs, four earned, on seven hits and two walks. The right-hander struck out seven in four innings of work. Stacy Kuwik allowed one run on one hit in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Offensively, JMU was led by sophomore first baseman Sarah Mooney (Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg) who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Ford helped her own cause at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, while freshman catcher Erica Field (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Center fielder Veronica Grant picked up the Orange’s only hit of the game with a single. First baseman Jasmine Watson and third baseman Corinne Ozanne contributed a walk each.
JMU manufactured a trio of runs in the bottom of the first inning to grab the early lead. Sophomore left fielder Morgan Heath (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) led off the game with an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. She stole third and came around to score when Field hit a high chopper over the shortstop’s head for a single. Field stole second and scored on a single up the middle by Mooney. Mooney advanced to second on the throw home, moved to third on a passed ball and came in to score on a double to left by Ford.
Field and Ford combined to extend the JMU lead in the bottom of the third. Field started the rally by reaching on an error and moved to second on a stolen base. After a strikeout, Ford lofted a soft fly ball to shallow center for her second RBI of the game.
The Dukes added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, including two on a RBI single by Mooney. They put the game away in the bottom of the seventh inning on a RBI single by Field.
The Dukes return to action next weekend as they travel down to Clearwater, Fla., for the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Madison faces DePaul, UC Davis, Indiana, South Florida and Louisiana-Lafayette in the three-day tournament.
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