RICHMOND, Va., March 19, 2011 - Kyle Haynes limited James Madison to one run over six innings and VCU added a pair of key insurance runs in the eighth to record a 4-2 win in the second game of a Colonial Athletic Association baseball series on Saturday afternoon at The Diamond.
VCU improved to 7-11 overall and 1-1 in the CAA while knotting the series at one game apiece heading into Sunday's 2 p.m. finale. JMU fell to 14-5 overall and 6-2 in league play.
VCU built an early lead with runs in the second and third inning and led 2-1 before adding a pair of key runs in the eighth to clinch the win.
Haynes improved to 2-3 overall after allowing one run on five hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out six. Kyle Pelchy allowed one run in the final two innings for his first save.
Senior left-hander Alex Valadja (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Catholic) matched his career high with nine strikeouts and went a career-best seven innings. He allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits while suffering his first loss of the season to fall to 2-1.
Shortstop Landon Prentiss was 2-for-3 with an RBI and the game's only extra-base hits, a pair of doubles. Left fielder John Lenherr and second baseman Paul Nice were each 2-for-4.
Junior center fielder Ian Haynes (Danville, Va./Tunstall) had a career-high three hits to go with three of JMU's seven steals. Sophomore second baseman Bradley Shaban (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) also had a pair of hits.
VCU built its early lead with a Prentiss RBI double in the second. The Rams added an unearned run on a throwing error by Valadja in the third.
JMU got its first run back in the sixth on an RBI groundout by senior shortstop David Herbek (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield).
The Rams struck for the two key insurance runs in the ninth. After loading the bases with no outs, VCU got an RBI groundout off new JMU pitcher Tyler McFarland (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) and added an RBI single from designated hitter Ryan Caldwell.