Delaware Drops CAA Doubleheader To No. 15 James Madison
• Game 1 Boxscore
• Game 2 Boxscore
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware softball team dropped a pair of five-inning Colonial Athletic Association contests to No. 15 James Madison, 10-2 and 13-1, Friday afternoon at the UD Softball Stadium.
The day got off to a promising start for the Blue Hens (17-20, 5-6 CAA), who scored a pair of runs during the bottom of the first inning of the opener against Dukes All-American pitcher Megan Good. Giovanna Kolofer singled up the middle with one out, and after Mariah Kondravy singled to left, but runners scored when Anna Steinmetz lined a double into the gap in rightcenter.
However JMU (36-6, 9-2 CAA) quickly answered with five runs in the top of the second, including two-run doubles by Niki Prince and Morgan Tolle. Madyson Moran drilled a solo homer in the third for the Dukes, while she added a two-run double before Prince delivered a two-run homer in the fourth to close the scoring.
Matt Nuccio recorded a pair of hits at the plate for the Blue Hens, while Jordan Cargile took the loss after allowing 10 runs in 3.1 innings.
JMU then jumped in front early during the second game by scoring four times in the top of the first inning, including three on Taylor Newton homer. The Dukes added three more in the third frame, before tacking on five in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Delaware avoided the shutout in the bottom of the fifth when Emily Neal walked, moved to second on an error, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on an infield single by Leanna Gearhart.
Gearhart, Kondravy and Alyshia Dellatore had the three Blue Hen hits, while Kat Morris suffered the loss as she gave up seven runs (three earned) in 2.2 innings of work.
The Blue Hens and Dukes conclude the series on Saturday with a single game beginning at 12 noon.
• Kondravy posted her 11th double of the year during the nightcap, tying her for the CAA lead
• Kondravy is now tied for fourth in Delaware history with 37 career doubles
• Steinmetz now ranks fourth in the league with 36 RBI this year
• Good picked up both victories in the circle for JMU, improving to 26-1 on the year
• The Dukes have now won the last 17 meetings between the schools
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