HARRISONBURG, Va., April 19, 2011 – With just three weeks left in the regular season, the James Madison softball team will play its final non-conference games of 2011 on Wednesday as it travels to Washington, D.C., for a doubleheader against George Washington.
First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The Dukes are 19-11 in non-conference play this season, including a 5-3 mark in midweek games. Last week, JMU split a doubleheader against Liberty at Veterans Memorial Park.
Junior shortstop Ashley Burnham (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) leads the team in most offensive categories, hitting .385 with 40 runs scored, 32 RBIs, 13 home runs and 17 walks. The 40 runs scored by Burnham are the most by a Duke since Katie George (2004-07) scored a school-record 50 in 2007. The junior also hit her fifth lead-off home run of the season on Saturday, tying her for the most in the country with Georgia Southern’s Marie Fogle.
Burnham has started 150 consecutive games for the Dukes entering tomorrow’s doubleheader. If she starts both games, she will pass Shannon Moxey for the second longest streak in school history, trailing on Jenn Chavez (2005-08) who started 156 consecutive games.
Redshirt senior outfielder Chel’sea Ryan (Sandston, Va./Henrico) is 18-for-20 in stolen bases and needs just one more steal to tie the record set by Megan Forbes (2008-09) in 2009. Sophomore Jasmine Butler (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) is right behind Ryan with 17 steals.
SCOUTING GEORGE WASHINGTON
The Colonials are 12-19-1 on the season after dropping a pair of games last weekend at Charlotte. They have lost nine of their last 10 games with their sole win coming last week at George Mason.
Outfielder Chelsea Lenhart is hitting a team-best .315 with 10 doubles, one triple, 17 runs and 19 RBIs. The freshman has stolen six bases in seven tries and has recorded just three errors for George Washington. Shortstop Katie Terrazas has added a .309 average with five doubles 11 RBIs and 14 runs scored. Catcher Lauren Wilson leads the team with 17 walks and is second with 12 RBIs.
In the circle, Kara Clauss is 8-11 with a 2.23 ERA. The junior has nine complete games and two shutouts while striking out 61 in 97 1/3 innings pitched. Heidi Penna is 3-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 22 appearances.
Head coach Stacey Schramm is in her first season at the helm for George Washington and in her sixth season as a head coach. She has compiled a 125-138-3 career record.
The Dukes and Colonials have played 13 times since 2003 with JMU holding an 11-2 edge in the all-time series. Madison has won six straight against George Washington including a doubleheader sweep in Harrisonburg in 2009 in the teams’ last meeting. The Dukes are 4-2 all-time in games played at George Washington.
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