JMU falls to #1 Oklahoma in elimination game, 7-1, ending Dukes’ historic season

Dukes pitcher Odicci Alexander taken out during the 5th inning

James Madison's Odicci Alexander pitches in the first inning against Oklahoma State in a Women's College World Series softball game against Oklahoma State, Friday, June 4, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (Sue Ogrocki, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

JMU’s Cinderella season came to a conclusion Monday evening at the hands of Oklahoma, losing 7-1.

This was the third time JMU has played Oklahoma since Thursday. They won Thursday’s game and lost on Sunday.

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On the first pitch of the game, Dukes superstar Kate Gordon certainly did her job, hitting a home run to put JMU up 1-0.

Later, in the fourth inning, the Sooners scored their first run of the game off a ball-four wild pitch by Odicci Alexander that allowed Nicole Mendes to score from third base. Later in the inning, a two-out double by Jana Johns knocked in another run, giving OU a 2-1 lead.

Here’s a look at Mendes’ triple that started the inning.

The next inning, two outs, left fielder Mackenzie Konihoo hit a two-run double to put the Sooners up 4-1.

Alexander hit the next batter and right after that, Sooner Jayda Coleman hit a two-run double to give the Sooners a 6-1 lead.

After Alexander hit the next batter, she was pulled from the game. Now Alissa Humphrey is in the circle for the Dukes.

In the bottom of the sixth, Jocelyn Alo hit a solo home run to give Oklahoma a 7-1 lead.

While JMU put two runners on base in the top of the seventh, a groundout ended the game and the Duke’s incredible season.