James Madison’s season came to an end Saturday after pushing LSU to the brink in the NCAA Harrisonburg Super Regional. A record crowd of 2,525 saw the Dukes lose to the Tigers in Game 2 of the best of three, 2-0, which forced the decisive game three. The Dukes’ comeback fell short, losing 3-2. LSU advances to the Women’s College World Series.
After falling behind 1-0 early in Game 3, sophomore pitcher Megan Good homered in the fourth to tie the game with her third of the Super Regional.
The Tigers added two runs in the fifth on a single followed by an error and sac fly, but sophomore infielder Morgan Tolle closed the deficit to one in the bottom half, reaching on an error and scoring junior infielder Madyson Moran.
JMU’s comeback fell short in the seventh as LSU worked its way out of a bases-loaded situation, clinching their spot in the Women’s College World Series.
In the first game, James Madison recorded five hits in the shutout from LSU’s Allie Walljasper, marking the first time in 55 games that the Dukes have been shut out.
As the program’s single-season wins holder, Good closed the season with a 32-3 record, including a complete game performance in game two, allowing two runs on four hits on the day.
Senior pitcher Jailyn Ford closed her career with an 18-3 record, pushing her career and program record total to 82-20. In four and 1/3 innings of work, Ford allowed three runs on five hits while striking out four.
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