HARRISONBURG, Va. – A fast start in game one and late runs in the second contest propelled the James Madison Dukes (33-7) past the Duke Blue Devils (23-25) in a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader in Harrisonburg, Va.
JMU plated nine runs in the first two frames of the day’s opening contest, taking down Duke, 11-3. They completed the sweep in game two, scoring a run in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take the lead late and pick up a 6-5 win.
Duke is back at home this weekend after spending the last five games on the road. The Blue Devils host the NC State Wolfpack in their final ACC home series of year two, starting with a 5 p.m. ET first pitch on Friday, April 19. Games two and three are slated for 1 p.m., starts on both Saturday and Sunday. All three games will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
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No. 20 James Madison 11, Duke 3 (Game One)
A total of nine runs over the first two innings propelled No. 20 James Madison to the win in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader. The Duke plated five in the first and added a grand slam in the second inning to go ahead for good, eventually capturing the win by the score of 11-3.
Duke would be the first to score in the game, as Deja Davis tallied her first of three hits and was brought home on a sacrifice fly from Rachel Abboud to make it 1-0 in the first. JMU would respond in the home half of the opening inning, using a two-run homer, RBI double, fielding error and RBI single to push out to a 5-1 advantage.
JMU pushed its advantage to 9-1 with the grand slam, the first the Blue Devils have given up in program history.
Caroline Jacobsen pulled the first of two runs back in the top of the fifth with her team-leading sixth home run of the season. Davis followed it with a two-out single up the middle, scoring Jazmine Moreno to cut the lead to six at 9-3. However, the Dukes would put two more on the board with a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth to finish the game with an 11-3 run-rule win.
Davis finished with her team-leading 13th multi-hit game of the year, pacing a Blue Devil offense that accumulated five hits. Jacobsen and Dominique Salinas contributed the other two hits for the game. Peyton St. George (8-6) earned the start, tossing one strikeout and walking two. Shelby Walters and Amelia Wiercioch made relief appearances on the day, throwing the final five frames.
No. 20 James Madison 6, Duke 5 (Game Two)
A run in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings made the difference in the final game of the day, as James Madison finished off the midweek sweep with a 6-5 victory against the Blue Devils.
For the second time on the day, Duke jumped ahead early, but this time did so with a three-run first. Raine Wilson, who played her freshman year at James Madison, sent a rocket over the wall in left for a three-run homer, propelling the Blue Devils to a 3-0 lead through one. However, JMU responded with three runs of its own in the second behind two singles and a bases-loaded walk.
The score would not remain tied for long, as Abboud and Wilson each drove home a run with base hits to push the Blue Devils back in front, 5-3. James Madison would go to work over the next three innings to chip away at the lead, using an RBI double in the fourth and a solo home run in the fifth to level the score at 5-5. Then with two on and two outs, a single to center brought home the go-ahead run, giving the home team a 6-5 lead. Duke would attempt to rally in the top of the seventh, as Davis reached with her third hit of the game, but nothing more would come as James Madison held on for the win.
Davis turned in her second-straight three-hit performance, upping her season total of multi-hit games to 14, a team high. Abboud and Wilson joined her in the multi-hit category, each picking up a pair of knocks. Wilson also drove in four runs for the game, tying her career high set last year at the College of Charleston on March 14.
Brianna Butler received the starting nod for the Blue Devils, tossing 1.2 innings and striking out a batter. Walters (5-11) threw the final 4.1 frames, striking out four.
- Wednesday marked the first meetings between Duke and James Madison.
- With three hits in both games, Deja Davis upped her team-leading multi-game performance total to 14.
- Raine Wilson hit her third home run of the season and ninth of her career in game two. That home run highlighted a four-RBI day for Wilson, tying her career high set last season at College of Charleston on March 14, 2018.
- With her home run in game one, Caroline Jacobsen now leads the Blue Devils with six bombs this season.