JMU’s Kate Gordon hits leadoff homer on first pitch of WCWS semifinal game

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JMU’s Gordon hits homer on first pitch of WCWS semifinals originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

James Madison entered Monday’s semifinal game against Oklahoma with its season on the line. The winner between the Dukes and Sooners would go on to play in the best-of-three Women’s College World Series championship series. The loser went home.

Left fielder Kate Gordon didn’t waste any time giving JMU its first lead. The leadoff hitter took the first pitch she saw and deposited into the left field seats for a solo home run to start the game.

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Gordon, a redshirt senior, leads the Dukes with 21 home runs on the season. Monday’s blast was her third home run in four games. However, it wasn't enough for JMU to advance as the Sooners went on to win 7-1.

JMU broke through with its first WCWS appearance in program history this season. The Dukes had no easy road to the semifinals, taking down No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 5 Oklahoma State, No. 8 Missouri (twice), No. 9 Tennessee and No. 25 Liberty throughout the tournament.