CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern was unable to overcome a strong start by #14 James Madison in falling to the Dukes, 13-3, in Friday's nightcap.
Dukes' freshman Odissi Alexander opened the game with six consecutive strikeouts to pace JMU (2-0) to their second win of the day. Alexander led JMU in the circle for six innings with a total of eight strikeouts, one walk and no unearned runs.
JMU got on the board in the first inning with a single from Morgan Tolle and a triple from Taylor Newton for the RBI and 1-0 lead. The Dukes added four more runs in the third sparked by a hit from Cambry Arnold that Megan Good would follow with a two-run homer. Niki Prince doubled to right center and stole third on a muffed throw. After several Buccaneer errors and another hit from JMU, the Dukes wrapped up the top of the inning with the 5-0 lead.
Kasinger was the first Buccaneer (2-2) to get the bat on the ball with a fly out to right field to lead off in the bottom of the third. Georgi DeLio followed with a double on a deep ball to center and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Stephanie Bergmann and Jade Gandara put the Bucs on the board with a pair of doubles to left field to put the score at 5-2 heading into the fourth.
Clark, in her second relief appearance on the day, held the Dukes scoreless in the fourth and Caitlyn Emberson led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run to put CSU within two with three innings left to play.
CSU's comeback effort was thwarted by an aggressive JMU offense that recorded two runs in the next two innings and six stolen bases in the top of the sixth. The Dukes held the Buccaneers hitless in the final three innings and added four more runs in the seventh highlighted by a Prince homer to seal JMU's second consecutive win of the day.
The Buccaneers now turn their attention to day two of the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational as they get a second shot against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. on the Big South Network.