James Madison proved its lofty ranking is legit at the Wildcat Invitational this weekend.
The No. 10-ranked Dukes finished with a 5-0 record at the event with a 4-2 win over No. 15 Arizona on Sunday.
UA (15-7) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning but was shut out the rest of the way by Jailyn Ford, who improved to 7-0 but saw her ERA rise to 0.99.
Taylor Newton gave James Madison (17-1) the lead for good with a solo homer in the top of the sixth to snap a 2-2 tie.
Mo Mercado had an RBI groundout to put UA up 1-0 in the first, and Alexis Dotson then scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
Dotson was 2 for 4 for UA, which stranded 10 runners on base and didn’t have an extra-base hit.
Taylor McQuillin (5-3) took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits in the complete game.
The Wildcats and Dukes meet again at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hillenbrand Stadium. UA will then compete in the Texas Arlington Tournament from Friday through Sunday.
Includes material from a news release
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