James Madison won in dramatic fashion when Taylor Newton hit a bases-loaded single with two outs in the seventh for the 3-2 walkoff win over Oregon State in the first NCAA tournament game Friday at Getterman Stadium.
Megan Good gave up four first-inning hits but only allowed two the rest of the way to get the win for the Dukes (51-6). Natalie Hampton drilled a two-run double for the Beavers in the first inning.
James Madison scored a run in the fourth and then tied the game with Madyson Moran’s solo homer in the sixth.
Aces up their sleeves
Baylor ace Kelsee Selman (22-8) will match up against James Madison ace Megan Good (37-1) in Saturday’s 1 p.m. winners bracket game.
Baylor coach Glenn Moore is glad to have a fresh Selman going against Good who will pitch for the second straight day after throwing a complete game against Oregon State.
“We didn’t have to show her at all,” Moore said. “For her to have an extra day to rest, she’ll be ready to go. To me, that’s what we needed, to be 2-0 in this tournament is very important. It’s not going to be easy because Good is outstanding when she’s not rested. But it’s nice to have a rested pitcher.”
Moore impressed with Ladines
Moore wasn’t surprised Ronnie Ladines threw so well for Kent State in Baylor’s 1-0 opening win.
Ladines threw a five-hitter and walked two batters in a complete game performance. She was named national player of the week after leading Kent State to the Mid-American Conference tournament championship last week.
“Ladines certainly deserves credit for the game she pitched against a pretty good lineup,” Moore said. “It would be nice to win them all by a bunch, but this prepares you for this time of year.”