South Fayette Grads Help James Madison Softball Reach NCAA Women’s College World Series
The 2021 James Madison softball team made history with their first-ever trip to the NCAA Women’s College World Series, and two South Fayette graduates Sara Jubas and Lauren Bernett helped the Dukes on their trip to Oklahoma City. .
JMU won two of three games in a Super Regional Columbia best-of-three series against power SEC Missouri (42-17) from last Friday through Sunday and improved to 39-2 overall.
The Dukes will face Oklahoma (50-2) in the first round Thursday at noon. The game will be televised on ESPN.
The Big 12 Sooners champion will compete in his fifth consecutive College World Series and is aiming for his fifth national title since 2013.
Oklahoma also won it all in 2000.
JMU is the first non-Power 5 Conference school to reach the Women’s College World Series since Louisiana in 2014. It also joins Georgia as the first two unranked teams to reach the tournament since 2012.
Outsider Dukes won Game 1 against Missouri, 2-1, before the Tigers rebounded, 7-1 to tie the series.
But JMU was not to be denied as they knocked out Missouri, 7-2, in Game 3 to clinch the spot in the World Series field of eight.
Jubas, the team’s leading hitter among regular starting players at 0.409 (54 of 132), has started all 41 games. The junior redshirt shortstop went 2 for 4 against Missouri in Game 3 with a run batted in and two runs scored.
A rookie since her first year, Jubas has this season 12 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 34 RBIs and 44 points scored at the top of the team.
Bernett, a first-year wide receiver, started Game 3 and was also 2 for 4 with an RBI. She has 39 starts in 40 games played this year and beats .243 (17 for 70) with four doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs.
JMU’s playoffs kicked off at the Colonial Athletic Association tournament where he played three games, overtaking his opponents by a total of 32-0.
JMU then swept the Knoxville Regional with a signing victory over host Tennessee Volunteers, 3-1. The regional triumph propelled the team to the regional super against Missouri.