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No. 14 Dukes Outlast Lady Flames 1-0

April 3, 2019  Harrisonburg, Va.  RSS
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Jaclyn Amader went 2-for-3 at James Madison, Wednesday.

Jaclyn Amader went 2-for-3 at James Madison, Wednesday.

Liberty went toe-to-toe with No. 14 James Madison, with the Dukes scoring once in the second inning and hanging on for a 1-0 win over the visiting Lady Flames, Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Park.

James Madison (24-6) extended its winning streak to six games, while Liberty's (24-14) winning streak was snapped at five games. JMU has won the last three games in the series, as today's meeting was the last since April 17, 2013.

Scoring Summary
JAMES MADISON – 2nd INNING – Jubas grounds out to short, LaScola advances, Arnold scores, 1-0

Notable Numbers
- Liberty outhit JMU 6-2 for the game, while both teams registered one error. The Lady Flames left 10 on base, while the Dukes stranded seven.

- James Madison came into the game ranked seventh in the nation with 7.45 runs per game and 11th nationally with a .338 batting average. JMU is sixth nationally in ERA (1.61), while Liberty is 12th (1.75).    

- Megan Good (10-5) pitched a six-hit shutout, striking out four and walking two.  
- Chase Cassady (8-2) drew the loss, allowing one unearned run on one hit, striking out five and walking two in 3 2/3 innings of relief work. Liberty starter Emily Kirby lasted 1/3 of an inning, yielding one hit and walking two. Julia DiMartino pitched two hitless innings.

- Jaclyn Amader went 2-for-3 for the Lady Flames.

- JMU's Kate Gordon went 2-for-3 with a double, while Sara Jubas drove in the game's only run.

Turning Point
- James Madison loaded the bases with one out in the first, before Cassady came on in relief of Kirby. Cassady struck out Logan Newton and got Kierstin Roadcap to fly out, keeping the game scoreless.   

- JMU's Cambry Arnold walked to begin the bottom of the second, and Lynsey Meeks reached on an error. After a strikeout, Jubas' groundout scored Arnold from third.

- Liberty got its bases-loaded chance in the third, as Autumn Bishop singled, Amber Bishop drew a walk and Brittany Lew was hit by a pitch. Sarah Robertson grounded out to third for the final out.

- With Liberty trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Meeks drove one to the wall in left that Taylor Hoffman snared to send the game to the final frame.

- Autumn Bishop roped a liner to center to lead off the seventh. However, Cambry Arnold dove for the catch. After two outs, Amader hit an infield single before Good fanned Lew for the final out.

Beyond the Box Score
- Liberty is 1-6 against nationally-ranked opponents this season. Each of the Lady Flames' last four games against a Top 25 team has ended in a one-run loss for Liberty.

- Cassady made her 100th career appearance in the circle, becoming the 10th pitcher in program history to appear in 100 or more games.

- Amber Bishop is now in sole possession of sixth in program history with 209 career hits.

Up Next
Liberty returns home, and will host Stetson in a three-game ASUN series. The Lady Flames and Hatters will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and the series will conclude with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.