NEWARK, Del, April 24, 2011 - Sophomore Johnny Bladel's (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) sacrifice fly in the 10th inning gave James Madison a 12-11 win over Delaware to salvage the finale of a Colonial Athletic Association baseball series Sunday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.
JMU improved to 27-14 overall and 12-9 in the CAA, snapping a four-game losing skid in league games. Delaware fell to 22-17 overall and 13-8 in the conference. JMU sits in fourth place with three CAA series to go while UD is tied with Old Dominion for second place. Georgia State is a half game back of the Dukes.
JMU used a seven-run third inning to take a 9-5 lead in the high-scoring finale and still led 11-7 after two in the fifth. However, Delaware responded with one in the fifth and three in the sixth to tie 11-11. Neither team scoring in the final three frames to send the contest to extra innings.
Sophomore outfielder Cole McInturff (Centreville, Va./Westfield) led off the 10th with a double to left. He moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a Bladel's sacrifice fly to right. The Dukes threatened for more with a walk by junior catcher Jake Lowery (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) and a single by senior shortstop David Herbek (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield), but a strikeout and flyout ended the inning.
Shortstop Dave Anderson led off the Delaware 10th with a single and was sacrificed to second. A four-pitch walk put the potential winning run on first with one out. However, a flyout and a strikeout, both on full counts, ended the threat and finished the JMU victory.
Sophomore right-hander D.J. Brown (Locust Grove, Va./Orange County) improved to 6-1 after pitching 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief, allowing two hits and striking out five.
Stephen Ritcher took the loss after allowing the run in the 12th and three hits in two innings of work. He dropped to 3-1.
Herbek led JMU's 13-hit attack with a 3-for-6 day at the plate with two runs and two doubles, which were the only extra-base hits of the game for JMU combined with McInturff's double in the 10th. Sophomore first baseman Matt Tenaglia (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) and McIntuff each finished with two hits. Senior center fielder Alex Foltz (Mathias, W.Va./East Hardy) and freshman third baseman Ty McFarland (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) each had two hits and two RBIs.
Delaware lost despite leading JMU in hits 16-13, including 9-3 in extra-base hits with five home runs. Left fielder Pat Dameron had two hits with a home run and four RBIs. Anderson and right fielder Chris Branigan each had three hits. Center fielder Nick Ferdinand and catcher Aaron Mascoe each had two hits and a home run. Anderson and pinch hitter Jimmy Yezzo had the other homers.
JMU concludes its eight-game road stretch on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. game at VMI. The Dukes are 4-3 so far during the road swing.
NOTES: JMU improved to 4-2 in extra-inning games this season... with a single in the game, Lowery moved into a four-way tie for ninth for season total bases at JMU with 150 and currently leads the nation.