CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The James Madison softball team is headed to the Women’s College World Series for the first time in program history, as the Dukes defeated Missouri 7-2 in Game Three of their Super Regional on Sunday in Columbia.
JMU took its first lead of the game with two runs in the 5th inning, and they blew it open with four runs in the top of the 7th.
Odicci Alexander pitched a complete game for James Madison, allowing two runs on four hits with six strikeouts.
Logan Newton went 3-for-4 at the plate, with an RBI and two runs scored.
“It’s surreal,” says junior infielder Lynsey Meeks. “What a dream it’s been throughout this entire postseason. I think the biggest thing is being able to do it with the girls. The excitement, for the entire team, I couldn’t be happier for all of the girls.”
Junior outfielder Logan Newton, “I would say it’s unbelievable, but we all know we could do it, and it was just a matter of us grinding, and being gritty, and coming in, and getting it done.”
Head coach Loren LaPorte adds, “To be able to say we’re going to OKC, honestly, it’s a dream. It’s a dream. And it’s not just a dream for us as a staff, but it’s a dream for every single one of these kids.”
James Madison improves to 39-2 overall this season.
The Dukes will begin play in the CWS on Thursday at noon against top-seed Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.