GREENSBORO, N.C., April 17, 2011 - Four batters collected three or more hits as part of a 21-hit attack as James Madison scored nine unanswered runs to knock off UNC Greensboro 17-7 in a non-conference baseball game Sunday afternoon at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
JMU improved to 25-12 overall while UNCG dropped to 18-16. The Dukes reclaimed their spot as the nation's leader in hits after topping 20 for the fourth time this season. Only four of the hits went for extra bases. Meanwhile, JMU pitchers limited an opponent to five or fewer hits for the fifth time this season.
Freshman designated hitter Ty McFarland (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) posted career highs with four hits and three runs scored. Junior catcher Jake Lowery (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) was 3-for-5 with a double, triple, three RBIs and three runs scored. Sophomore right fielder Johnny Bladel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) was also 3-for-5 with two sacrifice flies and three RBIs to wrap up an 8-for-12 three-game series.
Sophomore first baseman Matt Tenaglia (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) was also 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Redshirt senior center fielder Alex Foltz (Mathias, W.Va./East Hardy) was 2-for-4 with two runs, a hit by pitch, sacrifice fly and a stolen base. Sophomore second baseman Bradley Shaban (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) was 2-for-3 with three runs and two walks.
Junior Josh Futter (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) registered his first win of the season after allowing just one hit in 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts. Bladel made the first pitching appearance of his career with a scoreless ninth inning with one walk and one strikeout.
Starter Jonathan Jones fell to 0-4 for the Spartans after surrendering seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings. He was the first of seven UNCG pitchers in the game. First baseman Trevor Edwards had two of the five hits for the home team. Left fielder Bobby Martin had a three-run home run.
While they had just five hits, the Spartans stayed in the game with 10 walks and a hit batter. JMU led 8-7 after four innings before scoring nine unanswered runs with two in the fifth, three in the seventh and four in the eighth.
JMU will continue its eight-game road stretch with a game at Maryland on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
NOTES: While JMU was in non-conference action, the rest of the CAA was in league play as first-place Delaware dropped a doubleheader Sunday at Towson to lose the series, Old Dominion won its fifth straight league series with two of three at Georgia State and fifth-place UNC Wilmington swept previously third-place William and Mary... those results place UNCW in first at 10-5 with JMU in a three-way tie for second with Delaware and Old Dominion at 11-7... the Dukes face Delaware and UNCW in their next two series... Lowery went homerless for his sixth straight game while Georgia Southern's Victor Roache homered for the fifth straight game to push Lowery out of the nation's home run lead for the first time this season (Roache 18, Lowery 17)... however, while falling out of the home run lead, Lowery's triple was his seventh of the season to move into a tie for the national lead and tie for second in JMU history while it was also the 12th of his career to move into a tie for fourth in the all-time list... Lowery's triple was also the 22nd of the season for the Dukes to tie for second-most in program history with the record of 27 set in 1994... , also the nation's RBI leader, Lowery moved into eighth in JMU season history with 62... Foltz moved into seventh in career history with his 25th hit by pitch while senior shortstop David Herbek (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) increased his CAA career record to 53... the two hit batters raised JMU's team total to 64, fifth-best in school history... Herbek also tied his own JMU record with his third season with seven sacrifice flies and raised his career record to 22... he also moved into the top 10 in JMU history in career assists with 458.