Virginia Drops Doubleheader With No. 7 James Madison
Box Score March 30, 2016
Box Score – Game 1 | Box Score – Game 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Runs were at a premium on Wednesday, but three were all that were needed to decide the twin bill as Virginia (12-25) dropped both games of a doubleheader to No. 7 James Madison (27-2) at The Park.
Virginia fell 1-0 in the first game of the afternoon before falling 2-0 in the nightcap.
The Cavaliers will return to action this weekend, heading back out on the road to continue ACC play at Boston College in a three-game series. Virginia will play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday before closing the series with a single game at noon on Sunday.
No. 7 JMU 1, Virginia 0
One run proved to be the difference in the first game of the afternoon as the Dukes picked up the 1-0 victory over the Cavaliers.
Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) took the loss to fall to 9-15 on the season. She allowed the one run on seven hits with four strikeouts in her complete-game effort.
Megan Good (16-1) picked up the win as she allowed two hits with 11 strikeouts and a walk in her time in the circle.
Both pitchers cruised through the first three innings with only one runner reaching base between the two teams as Allie Arneson (Aledo, Texas) drew a first-inning walk.
The Dukes struck first, pushing a run across the plate in the fourth inning. A one-out double from Morgan Tolle put a runner in scoring position before a wild pitch moved her to third. A single through the left side from Megan Good brought her home as JMU took the 1-0 lead.
The run proved to be all that was needed as the Dukes grabbed the first game of the twin bill.
No. 7 JMU 2, Virginia 0
The hits came earlier in game two, but the runs were limited to a single run in the second and the sixth for the Dukes as James Madison picked up the win in game two.
Lacy Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) took the loss for the Cavaliers, falling to 2-7 on the season. She allowed the two runs – one earned – on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts across 7.0 innings of work.
Jailyn Ford (11-1) picked up the win for the Dukes, allowing three hits and striking out eight in the shutout.
JMU executed a double steal with one out in the second to get on the board in game two. Following a double and a groundout that put Taylor Newton on third, the Dukes got runners at the corners when Alyssa Buddle lay down a bunt and the Cavaliers came home to keep the runner at third. The Dukes then executed the delayed double steal to push the first run home.
Virginia got a chance in the fifth inning when Danni Ingraham (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) legged out a double with one out. Taylor Sarcone (Staten Island, N.Y.) pinch ran for Ingraham. McKall Miller (Ashburn, Va.) then singled to center, but the Dukes got Sarcone in a rundown between and home and third for the second out. Miller advanced to third during the rundown, but the Dukes ended the threat with a strikeout to keep the Cavaliers off the board.
JMU extended the lead in the sixth, loading the bases with one out before a passed ball brought a run home to give the Dukes a 2-0 lead. Virginia would get back-to-back infield pop ups to get out of the inning with no more damage.
Virginia couldn’t muster an answering rally as the Dukes grabbed the doubleheader sweep.
James Madison 1, Virginia 0 (Mar 30, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va.)
James Madison……. 000 100 0 – 1 7 1 (26-2)
Virginia………… 000 000 0 – 0 2 0 (12-24)
Pitchers: James Madison – Good, Megan and Field, Erica. Virginia – and Katie Park.
Win-Good, Megan(16-1) Loss-Erika Osherow(9-15) T-1:23 A-0
Weather: 66, Sunny
James Madison 2, Virginia 0 (Mar 30, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va.)
James Madison……. 010 001 0 – 2 5 0 (27-2)
Virginia………… 000 000 0 – 0 3 0 (12-25)
Pitchers: James Madison – Ford, Jailyn and Field, Erica; Samuels, Ashley. Virginia – and Katie Park.
Win-Ford, Jailyn(11-1) Loss-Lacy Smith(2-7) T-1:40 A-0
Weather: 66, Sunny