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Blue Hens To Host 15th-Ranked James Madison This Weekend in CAA Series

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 04/13/2017
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NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware softball team will host 15th-ranked James Madison this weekend at the UD Softball Stadium in a crucial Colonial Athletic Association series.

The Blue Hens and Dukes will play a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday and a 12 noon single game on Saturday, with live stats available for all three games.

Delaware is 17-18 on the season, and the Blue Hens are currently tied for third place in the conference standings with a 5-4 league mark. James Madison is 34-6 overall, and the Dukes sit in second place in the CAA standings with a 7-2 record.

Anna Steinmetz hit a home run for the third straight game during Tuesday’s opening contest against Saint Joseph’s, while Alyshia Dellatore also homered over the centerfield fence. Steinmetz has now hit 11 home runs this season, four more than any other player in the CAA, and she ranks third in the league with a .393 batting average and 34 RBI. Giovanna Kolofer is hitting .363 for the Blue Hens and ranks second on the team with 41 hits and 25 runs scored, while Emily Neal is hitting .347 on the year.

Leanna Gearhart leads the CAA with 23 steals and is tied for third with 30 runs scored, while Mariah Kondravy is tied for second in the conference with 10 doubles.

James Madison is led by All-American pitcher Megan Good, who leads the country with 12 shutouts and 24 wins while ranking second with a 0.41 earned run average. Good also paces the Dukes at the plate with a conference-best .407 batting average, and she ranks second in the league with 50 hits and 40 RBI. Cambry Arnold is hitting .377 on the season, while Morgan Tolle is batting .376 with 50 hits and a team-high 30 runs scored.

JMU leads the all-time series with Delaware, 36-13, and has won the last 15 meetings between the schools dating back to 2012. The Blue Hens are 0-20 against ranked opponents in school history, and have dropped all four games this year to ranked foes.

Following the weekend series, Delaware will play 10 consecutive road games before hosting UNCW in its final CAA series on May 5-6.
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