This Week in Blue Hens Athletics History

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University of Delaware Athletics takes a weekly look back at some memorable dates in Blue Hen history.


MARCH 21, 2009

SOFTBALL: Delaware Knocks Off James Madison 4-3 in CAA Opener

NEWARK, Del. -  The University of Delaware softball squad opened the 2009 Colonial Athletic Association schedule on a high note as the Blue Hens defeated a formidable James Madison squad with a 4-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader at Delaware Field.

The Hens used a three-run second inning to win the opener 4-3 before the Dukes took the nightcap 6-4 in nine innings.

Delaware snapped a personal five-game losing streak to James Madison with the victory in the opener. The Dukes, who entered the twinbill riding a five-game winning streak, were the pre-season No. 2 pick in the CAA after finishing second in the league tournament a year ago.

Third baseman Michelle Grap led the Blue Hens on the day as she collected two hits and knocked in two runs in each of the games while shortstop Kim Ovittore added two hits and knocked in a run in both games.

Delaware used a three-run second inning in the opener to take a 4-3 lead and held on the rest of the way as pitcher Anne Marie Pagano (4-3) picked up her second straight win by scattering 12 hits, striking out two batters, and taking advantage of two double plays. The Dukes, who took a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a three-run double by Katie Spitzer, left 12 runners on base.

After JMU put up three runs in the first, Delaware came back with a single run in the bottom of the inning as Grap singled home Quinn Megargel who had walked and stolen second.

The Hens then sent all nine batters to the plate in the pivotal second inning as Rachel Jones and Lindsay Novak each hit one-out singles and moved up on a sacrifice by Katie DeSalvo. Megargel, Grap, and Ovittore then followed with consecutive run-scoring singles to give the Hens the lead for good at 4-3. Delaware held on despite managing just one hit the rest of the game.