BROOKLINE, Mass., May 21, 2011 - James Madison ran its scoreless innings pitched streak to 30 and wrapped up its second straight top regular season finish in the Colonial Athletic Association after a 4-2 win to sweep Northeastern on Saturday afternoon at Friedman Diamond.
JMU (37-17, 21-9 CAA) won its sixth game in a row overall and improved to 20 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the NCAA Regional in 2008 (39-19). The 10-game CAA winning streak matched the program's longest since spanning the 1994 and 1995 seasons.
The Dukes actually solidified their place as the CAA regular-season champion and tournament top seed 40 minutes before the game's completion when Hofstra rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the eighth to defeat Old Dominion 6-5 in 10 innings. The win solidified the top spot at 21-9 and gave JMU its first back-to-back first-place seasons in program history.
After consecutive 5-0 shutouts to begin the series, JMU ran its scoreless innings streak to 30 while holding a 4-0 lead until NU (18-33, 12-18 CAA) struck once each in the eighth and ninth innings.
Sophomore pitcher Nick Slogik (Strongsville, Ohio/St. Edward) earned the win (4-2) after holding the Huskies scoreless over the first four innings with four strikeouts. It was his team-best 23rd appearance of the season but just his third start. Redshirt junior Scott Mayer (Waterford, Va./Loudoun Valley) worked 2 2/3 hitless innings in relief. Freshman Trent Cundiff (Roanoke, Va./Northside) allowed a run in the ninth but held on for his first career save.
JMU had just six hits in the game, scoring its runs on a Johnny Bladel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) RBI double, a Cole McInturff (Centreville, Va./Westfield) wild pitch, an Evan Scott (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) sacrifice fly and an Alex Foltz (Mathias, W.Va./East Hardy) RBI single.
Starter Brandon McNelis took the loss for the Huskies after allowing all four JMU runs, three earned, on five hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts. Third baseman Ricky Salvucci and right fielder Connor Lyons each had two of NU's seven hits. Second baseman Pete Castoldi hit a solo home run in the ninth.
JMU will resume action on Thursday, May 26 as the top seed in the 2011 CAA Championship at Brooks Field in Wilmington, N.C. The rest of the tournament field was set two hours after JMU's game as Georgia State defeated George Mason 2-1 in 10 innings and William and Mary rallied to beat Towson 5-4 in 10 innings. The Dukes face fourth-seeded GSU at 3 p.m. on the opening day while second-seeded Old Dominion battles third-seeded UNC Wilmington at 7 p.m.
NOTES: With 37 wins JMU tied for the 10th-most in program history... 21 CAA wins are second most in program history behind only the 2006 squad (22-8)... after having his 20-game hitting streak snapped on Friday, sophomore first baseman Matt Tenaglia (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) hit a triple in the sixth to give the 2011 Dukes a tie for the program season triples record with 27... junior catcher Jake Lowery (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) and senior shortstop David Herbek (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) were each prevented from reaching base in back-to-back games for the first time this season... Lowery had a 33-game streak of reaching base snapped on Friday... JMU's six hits matched the second lowest total for the team this season, though the Dukes went 4-0 in games in which they were held to six hits... after entering the series second in the nation in stolen bases, the Dukes went without a steal in all three games... JMU swept three consecutive CAA series within the same season for the first time since 1988.
2011 CAA Baseball Championship
Brooks Field - Wilmington, N.C.
Game 1 - #1 James Madison vs. #4 Georgia State - 3 p.m.
Game 2 - #2 Old Dominion vs. #3 UNC Wilmington - 7 p.m.
Game 3 - Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 - 12 p.m.
Game 4 - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Game 5 - Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 - 7 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 - 1 p.m.
Game 7 - Same two teams (if necessary) - 30 minutes after Game 6
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