The James Madison softball team lost 6-4 against NC State Sunday in an elimination game in the Knoxville Region of the NCAA Tournament.
The teams began the game Saturday, but a rain delay with the game tied 4-4 in the 5th inning forced them to continue Sunday morning.
Head coach Mickey Dean says, "We're not basketball. We're an outdoor sport, so we understand that. It is tough when you have momentum, and things going, but that's the game. That's the game. We knew it was going to happen, and we needed to be prepared for it, and I still thought we battled."
JMU won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in school history Saturday, beating Longwood 5-0 to set up the rematch with the Wolfpack.
The Dukes were playing in the NCAA tournament for just the second time in school history, with the previous appearance coming in 2007.
JMU (42-17) finishes the season with a school-record 42 victories.
Dean says, "I don't think these kids, and people are going to realize how special this season was. That 40-win mark. A lot of teams don't set that 40-win mark. There might be 10 teams in the country that set that 40-win mark. To win 40-plus ballgames, that's a special season."