James Madison Softball Shuts Down Blue Hens, 10-0 and 7-0, in CAA Doubleheader Sweep
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison University pitchers Heather Kiefer and Jailyn Ford each fired shutouts as the Dukes softball team swept a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader from the University of Delaware, 10-0 and 7-0, Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Dukes, who improved to 37-13 overall and 11-3 in the league following the pair of victories, took control of the opener by scoring three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Caitlin Sandy drilled a two-run homer to put James Madison on the board, while Mimi Morris later legged out an infield single to drive home Brittany Jeans. Sandy then belted her second two-run shot in the third inning, before the Dukes added five runs in the fourth.
Hannah Hayes, Ford and Sandy each delivered RBI singles during the fourth inning, before Taylor Newton closed the scoring with a run-scoring triple. Meanwhile Kiefer allowed just three hits and did walk a batter while improving to 18-7 on the season for the Dukes.
Kelly Lupton fell to 7-8 after allowing nine earned runs in 3.2 innings of work for the Blue Hens, who dropped to 23-24 overall and 5-11 following the two losses.
James Madison struck first in the opening inning of the nightcap, as Hayes doubled to left and later scored on a single by Sandy. Niki Prince delivered an RBI double in the second, while Newton led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run to make it a 3-0 game. The Dukes then put the game away by scoring four runs on just one hit in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Ford fired a two-hit shutout and struck out 10 batters in the circle for James Madison, as she moved to 19-6 on the year. UD starter Carolyn Szymanski gave up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits in five innings of work while falling to 12-12 on the season.
Delaware closes out its 2014 regular season on Sunday when the Blue Hens and Dukes wrap up their three-game set with a 2 p.m. single game at Veterans Memorial Park.