James Madison softball headed to WCWS after Super Regionals win vs. Mizzou

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James Madison pitcher Odicci Alexander during a NCAA softball game on Friday, May 28, 2021 in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (WFXR) — James Madison defeated Missouri, 7-2, in the third and deciding game of the Columbia Super Regional to advance to the Women’s College World Series for the first time in program history.

The Dukes will face top-seeded Oklahoma next Thursday at noon on ESPN in the opening game of the WCWS.
 
JMU becomes the first non-Power Five program to reach the WCWS since Louisiana in 2014.
 
It’s also the first time in nine years that a non-seeded team will play in Oklahoma City, as JMU and Georgia join the 2012 LSU and South Florida squads.
 
After recording just one hit with two batters reaching base through three innings, the JMU bats came alive in the latter half, as the Dukes registered 11 hits with 15 safely reaching base over the final four innings.
 
JMU tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth, took a 3-1 lead in the fifth and went off in the seventh, bringing home four runners.

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