Virginia loses Tuesday matchups against No. 20 James Madison

Smith sets Virginia single-season record with 14th home run

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Senior infielder Lacy Smith set a Virginia single-season record with her 14th home run of the season. Courtesy Virginia Athletics

Virginia (17-30, 5-16 ACC) traveled to Harrisonburg to play a double-header against No. 20 James Madison (38-7, 14-1 CAA) Tuesday evening. The Cavaliers lost both games, allowing the Dukes to rack up a combined 17 runs for the day. 

Senior infielder Lacy Smith set a Virginia single-season record with her 14th home run of the season and accounted for all of Virginia’s runs against the Dukes. 

Game 1: Virginia - 3, James Madison - 14

The Dukes beat Virginia 14-3 after establishing a seven-run lead on just two hits in the bottom of the first inning. 

Senior pitcher Allyson Frei started on the mound for Virginia and allowed four consecutive walks to give up the first run of the game. Two more runs scored in the next at-bat on a fielder’s choice that resulted in a throwing error. 

After giving up one more run, Frei was replaced by senior pitcher Tabby Dabney. Dabney allowed four runs to score on a single and a double before the end of the inning. 

A lead-off home run in the second inning by senior pitcher Megan Good scored another run for James Madison. A pair of singles followed by a fielder’s choice allowed one more to give the Dukes a 9-0 lead going into the third. 

Senior infielder Lacy Smith drove in the team’s three runs with a home run to left center in the third inning. Smith’s home run was her 14th for the season, breaking the Virginia record for single season home runs that was set in 2002 by Kristen Dennis. 

Freshman outfielder Tori Gilbert went 2-for-3 at the plate with two singles. Sophomore infielder Hayley Busby and junior infielder Ashlee Davis each singled to add to Virginia’s five hits in the game.  

In the third and fourth innings, James Madison added five runs to lead to earn a run-rule victory in the fifth. Good tripled to right field in the third and junior utility player Kate Gordon produced a two-run home run in the fourth inning. The Dukes recorded 10 hits to account for their 14 runs for the game. 

Game 2: Virginia - 1, James Madison - 3

James Madison won a narrow 3-1 victory in the second game of the doubleheader.

Both teams remained scoreless until the third. Busby tripled to right field in the second at-bat of the third inning. Smith followed up with a double down the right field line to score Busby and put Virginia on the board first. 

The Cavaliers held the Dukes at bay until the bottom of the fifth inning when Good and junior pitcher Odicci Alexander hit back-to-back home runs to bring in a combined three runs. 

Virginia loaded the bases in the final inning but Good worked one last strikeout to secure the win for the Dukes. 

The Cavaliers will travel to North Carolina State over the weekend to round out ACC play for the regular season. The first game is set to begin Friday at 6 p.m. 

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