Odicci Alexander pitched another complete game and Kate Gordon belted another homer to lead the James Madison softball team to a 2-1 win over fifth-seeded Oklahoma State in the Women’s College World Series on Friday night in Oklahoma City.
JMU (41-2) improved to 2-0 in the double-elimination event, becoming the first unseeded team to ever win its first two games in the Women’s College World Series.
The Dukes are just one win away from the finals. They will play Oklahoma or UCLA at 1 p.m. Sunday. If JMU wins that game, it will advance to the finals. If JMU loses that Sunday afternoon game, the teams will meet again at 7 p.m. Sunday for that berth in the finals.
Virginia Tech-turned-Oklahoma State ace Carrie Eberle took the loss Friday. She allowed two runs in four-plus innings.
JMU scored once in the bottom of the first. Alexander walked and Logan Newton singled. After Madison Naujokas singled, Eberle made an error that allowed Alexander to score.
Gordon homered in the third to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Cowgirls (48-11) cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth on an RBI single by Chelsea Alexander.
The Cowgirls had runners on second and third with one out in the seventh. But Odicci Alexander fielded Chelsea Alexander’s squeeze bunt, dove and tagged out Scotland David as David was making a head-first slide at home. Kiley Naomi popped up to end the game.
— The Roanoke Times
Mahar struggles again
SAN FRANCISCO — Virginia Tech’s Emily Mahar shot a 4-over 75 on Friday at the U.S. Women’s Open at The Olympic Club, putting her at 10-over 152 after two rounds. She was not projected to make the cut.
— The Roanoke Times
Liberty 11, Duke 6
Brady Gulakowski hit three-run home runs in the third and fourth innings to give Liberty a 10-run advantage, and the Flames held on to defeat Duke on the opening day of a double-elimination NCAA regional in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Flames (40-14) reached the 40-win mark for the sixth time in program history. They will face Tennessee at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Gulakowski stepped to the plate in the third inning mired in a 2-for-26 slump. But he turned on an 0-1 offering from Duke starter Jack Carey (4-3) and lofted a three-run homer over the left-field wall to give the Flames a 5-1 lead.
He repeated the feat again in the fourth against relief pitcher Matt Dockman, this time sending a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right center to put the Flames ahead 11-1. Both homers came with two outs.
Flames starter Trevor DeLaite pitched 7 2/3 innings to improve to 12-1 and set the program record for victories in a season.
— Lynchburg News & Advance
ECU 8, Norfolk State 5
GREENVILLE, N.C. — Thomas Francisco hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to help East Carolina (42-15) beat Norfolk State (25-27) at the Greenville Regional.
— Associated Press