The No. 25 James Madison Dukes use a big 5-run second inning and stellar pitching from freshman Payton Buresch to defeat Nevada 8-7 in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
With base loaded early in the first inning Nevada scored on a wild pitch knocking in Sandaria McAlister to give the Wolfpack a 1-0 lead. Nevada would add two more runs in the second inning on a McAlister sac fly scoring Alyssa Mendez and a double by Jessica Sellers scoring pitcher Rachel Rodriguez.
Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the second, the James Madison offense exploded scoring five runs on five hits to take a 5-3 lead. Sara Jubas and Cambry Arnold with RBI singles and Morgan Tolle with an RBI double.
Nevada would take back the lead in the third scoring 3 runs on Rodriguez and Aaliyah Gibson singles and a sac fly from Mendez. But a home run over the center field fence by James Madison's Kierstin Roadcap would tie the game at 6-6 in the bottom half of the inning.
The back-and-forth lead change would continue in the fourth with Nevada's Sellers scoring an unearned run giving the Wolfpack a 7-6 lead. However, it was JMU's turn in the bottom of the inning scoring 2 runs on an RBI double by Arnold and an RBI single by Tolle for an 8-7 advantage.
JMU freshman pitcher Payton Buresch would come in for starter Odicci Alexander and throw four fantastic innings for the Dukes to secure the win. Buresch would hold the high-powered Nevada offense to just one run and three hits while striking out six batters and walking one.
Nevada falls to 1-1 on the season and will play two more games tomorrow against Long Beach State at Noon ET and LA Tech at 6:00 p.m. ET. James Madison moves to 1-0 and will face Long Beach State at 3:00 p.m. ET and LA Tech at 9:00 p.m. ET.