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JMU Softball Eliminated from NCAA Tournament

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Niki Prince makes the leaping catch in center against Kentucky Niki Prince makes the leaping catch in center against Kentucky
The James Madison softball team lost two games Saturday in the Lexington Regional of the NCAA Tournament, and are eliminated from postseason play.

The Dukes fell 2-1 against 14-seed Kentucky in their first game of the day, and were defeated 4-3 by DePaul in an elimination game Saturday night.

Senior Cassidy Clayton says, "You grow as a team during the season, but it's amazing how much you grow during a Regional, during an inning, and during a game. I don't even know really how to put it into words. It's great. It's a good time, even though the ending sucks."

JMU (45-15) led most of the way against the host Wildcats in the first game, going up 1-0 Caitlin Sandy in the 2nd inning.

The lead held until the 6th, when the Wildcats went in front with back-to-back RBI hits.

The Dukes were trailing 3-0 against DePaul, but scored a run in the 5th and two more in the top of the 6th to tie the game.

The Blue Demons went back in front on a sac fly in the bottom half of the inning, and James Madison was unable to match in the bottom of the inning.

Kentucky and DePaul will play in the championship series Sunday.
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