CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - When Odicci Alexander exited the field in the Women’s College World Series on Monday in Oklahoma City, she walked off to a standing ovation.
Fans from both James Madison and Oklahoma saluted the senior pitcher, who had thrown every pitch for the Dukes in the WCWS.
Alexander says, “To see them all clapping and cheering for me, it was a great moment, and it warmed my heart.”
Head coach Loren LaPorte adds, “It’s one of those things, when she came out, it was a perfect moment. For everybody just to give her a standing ovation, and cheer for her, it couldn’t have been a better moment, even though a lot of runs were scored. Just so happy, what she was able to do, for this team.”
Alexander’s tearful exit came in the 5th inning, as the Sooners scored four runs to blow open a close game, and they went on to win 7-1.
James Madison (41-4) was playing in the WCWS for the first time in program history, and they opened the tournament with an extra innings upset against the top-ranked Sooners.
JMU beat Oklahoma State in their second game to advance to the national semifinals, but they were unable to earn one win in two chances against OU, falling 6-3 on Sunday, which set up Monday’s winner-take-all showdown.
Kate Gordon provided the only offense of the game for the Dukes, as the senior blasted a home run on the first pitch of the game.
“It was a long ride, and just to be here, it was amazing,” says Alexander. “I couldn’t have done any of this, at all, without my teammates, and my coaches, and the support staff, fans, and all. This ride has been long, but I’ve grown so much, just being at this university, and I couldn’t thank everyone for that.”
The championship round of the Women’s College World Series is scheduled to begin on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, with Oklahoma taking on the FSU/Alabama winner in a best-of-three series.
James Madison will celebrate its history-making softball team with a celebration on Tuesday at 4pm in Harrisonburg.
The event is free to attend, and will be held outside of Memorial Hall, in front of the softball offices.
JMU Athletics Media Release:
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Fans will have the opportunity to celebrate the James Madison softball team, fresh off the Women’s College World Series national semifinals, Tuesday at 4 p.m. as the Dukes arrive back to Harrisonburg from Oklahoma City.
The event is free to attend and will be held outside of Memorial Hall, in front of the softball offices (Entrance A). Fans are encouraged to park in Lots C8 and R9 with overflow parking available in the Warsaw Parking Deck.
There will be opportunities to interact with the team and hear from Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne, Head Coach Loren LaPorte and additional members of the softball program. The JMU Bookstore will be selling official JMU softball merchandise, and the JMU Duke Club will accept donations for its OKC Challenge drive to support the program.
The 2021 Women’s College World Series was played at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with JMU making its first appearance in program history. The double-elimination tournament featured eight teams, with the Dukes knocking off top-seeded Oklahoma and No. 5 Oklahoma State to become the first unseeded team ever to win its first two contests to reach the national semifinals.
Stay tuned to JMUSports.com and JMUSports social media channels should the team’s travel timing change.