NEWARK, Del., April 21, 2013 – Freshman pitcher Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) set a school record for wins in a season with her 19th as she tossed her a shutout in leading the James Madison softball team to a 6-0 win over Delaware, Sunday.
JMU extended its winning streak to nine games, improving to 36-10 overall and 15-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Delaware lost for the sixth time in its last seven games, falling to 31-14 and 9-6 in the league.
Ford improved to 19-2 by winning her seventh consecutive decision. She tossed her 16th complete game and her seventh shutout of the year, limiting the Blue Hens to five hits and four walks while striking out eight.
Amanda Stacevicz took the loss for UD, dropping to 5-3 on the season. She allowed one run on one hit and did not record an out. Right-hander Chenxi Jiao gave up five runs, four earned, on nine hits in four innings of work. She struck out four and walked three. Freshman Kiersten Coffman tossed three shutout innings in relief. She gave up three hits and struck out two.
The Dukes were paced offensively by freshman third baseman Erica Field (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) who went 3-for-5 with a double, a RBI and a run scored. Sophomore first baseman Sarah Mooney (Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg) added two hits, including a home run, two RBIs, a walk and a run scored while senior center fielder Jasmine Butler (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs and a stolen base.
Shortstop Lisa Stacevicz led the Blue Hens, going 2-for-3 with a double while right fielder Jessica Grisler doubled and walked twice in four plate appearances. First baseman Marisa Newman and center fielder Hannah George each added singles in three at-bats.
The Dukes pushed four runs across in the top of the first before recording an out. Sophomore left fielder Morgan Heath (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) and Butler led off the game with back-to-back infield singles. Heath came in to score on a single through the left side by Field and Butler scored on a throwing error after getting caught in a rundown between third and home. Mooney capped the four-run inning with a two-run home run down the left-field line. It was the sophomore’s 12th home run of the season, tying her for the team lead.
Madison added to its lead in the top of the second on Mooney’s second RBI hit of the game. JMU loaded the bases on singles by freshman second baseman Hannah Hayes (LaCrosse, Va./Kenston Forest) and Field sandwiched around a walk by Butler. Mooney followed with a bloop single that found the grass between the shortstop and the left fielder, scoring Hayes.
Junior shortstop Caitlin Sandy (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt) added another run to the lead in the top of the fourth inning. She lofted a bases-loaded single that landed just inside the left-field line that allowed Butler to score from third. Butler led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on a double to center by Field. After Mooney was intentionally walked to load up the bases, Jiao got Ford to pop-out, but was unable to get out of the jam after Sandy picked up the RBI single.
JMU continues its eight-game road trip this weekend with a trip to Knoxville, Tenn., on Wednesday for a doubleheader against No. 2 Tennessee.
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