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Delaware Softball Drops a Pair to No. 18 James Madison; Steinme

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      (Glanden, UD)

 

DATE: May 3, 2019

 

NEWARK, Del. – The Delaware softball team batted 18th-ranked James Madison during both games but ultimately dropped a doubleheader to the Dukes, 5-1 and 7-1, on Friday afternoon.

 

JMU (43-7, 19-1 CAA) struck first during the opener by pushing across an unearned run in the top of the second, but the Blue Hens (22-28, 7-13 CAA) pulled even in the bottom of the fourth when Brooke Glanden (Lake Forest) belted a pitch over the centerfield fence for her seventh longball of the season.

 

However Madison Naujokas answered with a solo homer in the fifth for the Dukes, while Sara Jubas clubbed a two-run shot the following frame. JMU added its final run in the seventh when Odicci Alexander hit a sacrifice fly.

 

In addition to Glanden’s homer, Karolina Flores added a single for Delaware.

 

The Dukes jumped ahead during the nightcap by scoring a pair of runs in the top of the second when Cambry Arnold delivered an RBI single and Hannah File was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. JMU then added four runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by RBI singles from Naujokas, Alexander and Logan Newton.

 

The Blue Hens scored their lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth when Chayanna Gallardo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

 

The Dukes then capped the scoring in the top of the sixth when Newton ripped her second RBI single of the contest.

 

Anna Steinmetz finished 2 for 2 with a walk during the nightcap, while her single in the fourth inning was the 200th hit of her career. She becomes the fifth player in UD history to reach the 200-hits mark. Hanna Garber had the third Blue Hen hit during the game.

 

Delaware concludes its regular season on Saturday with a 12 noon start against JMU, when Sarah Coyne, Miranda O’Donald and Anna Steinmetz will be honored pregame in Senior Day ceremonies.