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Who is James Madison?: Players to know ahead of OSU's WCWS game

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Just three hours into the Women's College World Series, one of the most historic upsets took place. 

On Thursday, James Madison upset No. 1 Oklahoma 4-3 at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, advancing to the winner's bracket.

There they will face Oklahoma State, who defeated Georgia 3-2. 

A mid-major from the Colonial Athletic Association, James Madison is one of two unseeded teams (Georgia being the other) in the World Series, despite entering with a record of 39-2. 

But who are the Dukes? Here are three players to watch in their game against OSU. 

Kate Gordon - Redshirt Senior - OF

Gordon has been the Dukes slugger this season, leading the team in home runs with 19. On Thursday, she hit the go-ahead home run against Oklahoma in the eighth inning. 

"Having the opportunity to come back up in the eighth inning, to have that at-bat, and be able to put an extra run on the board, that was super special," Gordon said. 

Gordon had been struggling before her home run, going 0-10 in James Madison's Super Regional against Missouri. 

Despite the slump, Gordon is still second on the team in batting average (.364) and OPS (1.263). 

Sara Jubas - Redshirt Junior - INF

Jubas' batting average is .404, leading the team. She has started every game for the Dukes this season, spending the majority of her time at shortstop. 

Her batting average keeps her near the top of the batting order, but she isn't there just to get on base. Jubas can hit home runs, sending 11 over the fence this season, none bigger than the one she hit Thursday. 

In the third inning with two runners on, Jubas hit a home run to center, giving James Madison a 3-0 lead over the Sooners. 

"Jubas came up clutch," Gordon said. "She got us the lead in the beginning and set the momentum with that at-bat."

Odicci Alexander - Redshirt Senior - P

The ace of the Dukes pitching staff, Alexander has appeared in the past eight games for James Madison, losing once during this stretch. 

Alexander has compiled a 17-1 record this season with a 1.23 ERA and 195 strikeouts. 

She averages 9.75 strikeouts a game, and just 3.15 hits - good enough to earn her an at-large spot on the NFCA second team All-American list. 

On Thursday against OU, Alexander pitched eight innings, striking out nine Sooners and allowing six hits. 

She held them to three runs, a season low for OU. 

"I just focused on every pitch," Alexander said. "Knowing where I wanted to put that pitch, just keeping them kind of off balance."

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