BROOKLINE, Mass., May 20, 2011 - Sophomore catcher Billy Logan (Greenup, Ky./Greenup Co.) hit two home runs and a double while pitchers Alex Valadja (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Catholic) and D.J. Brown (Locust Grove, Va./Orange County) combined on James Madison's six-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Northeastern in a Colonial Athletic Association baseball game on Friday afternoon at Friedman Diamond.
JMU ran its CAA winning streak to nine games, matching the best run since starting the 2006 season 9-0. The Dukes improved to a season-best 19 games over .500 at 36-17. Combined with Hofstra's rallying win over Old Dominion on Friday, JMU stands alone in first place in the CAA at 20-9. The Dukes have clinched at least a tie for first in the regular season and can wrap up the tournament's top seed with a win Saturday or another ODU loss. Northeastern fell to 18-32 overall and 12-17 in the league.
After recording its first shutout in 88 games in Thursday's series opener, JMU made it two in a row with a 5-0 victory for the second straight day. The Dukes have not allowed a run in the last 20 innings and have allowed only one in the last 29 innings.
Valadja made the start and went five innings with three hits allowed and five strikeouts to improve to 6-3. He broke a tie for second in JMU history with his 41st career start and moved into a tie for second with his 15th start of the season. Brown allowed three hits in the final four innings to post his third save of the season.
Logan had six career extra-base hits before going 4-for-4 as the starting catcher with a single, double and two home runs, the third and fourth of his career. He factored into all five JMU runs, driving in four of JMU's five runs on the day, scoring three times and accounting for half of the team's eight hits.
Andrew Leenhouts took the loss to fall to 3-8 after surrendering five runs on seven hits in six innings while striking out five.
Logan hit a two-run home run to left in the second inning to stake the Dukes to the early lead. He doubled to lead off the fifth, was sacrificed to third and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by sophomore outfielder Johnny Bladel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge). Another Logan two-run Shot to left in the seventh finished the scoring.
JMU and Northeastern will close the series on Saturday at noon.
NOTES: Sophomore first baseman Matt Tenaglia (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) saw his hitting streak snapped at 20 games, one shy of the top 10 in JMU history... junior catcher Jake Lowery (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) saw his streak of consecutive games reaching base snapped at 33 games... Logan's two home runs gave JMU 76 for the season for the third-highest total in team history.