JMU improved to 12-7 overall and won its seventh straight game against
The Dukes had eight extra-base hits in the game and were led by the bottom half of the batting order, with the five through eight hitters going 11-for-18 with 11 RBIs.
Junior third baseman Kent Burford (
Junior outfielder Matt Browning (
Freshman Evan Scott (
Tyler Light took the loss for the Flames to drop to 1-1. He allowed four runs on five hits with three walks in three innings. Shortstop Matt Williams was the only
Redshirt junior Matt Townsend (
Scott cruised into the third inning when
The Dukes blew the game open with four runs in the fourth. Langston led off with a single. Lowery smashed a hit deep to the wall in left field with Jeff Jefferson shaken up as he smashed into the wall, allowing Lowery to reach third for a triple and drive in Langston for a 2-1 lead. After an intentional walk, Lescanec hit a slow roller just past the second baseman to plate Lowery for a 3-1 Dukes’ lead. Burford then hit his first JMU extra-base hit with a double off the wall in left to score Browning, but Lescanec was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second. On the next play, Burford was thrown out at the plate as well trying to score on a groundball to third. Townsend smashed a double off the wall in left center, narrowly missing a home run by three feet, to score junior second baseman Mike Fabiaschi (Torrington, Conn./Torrington) for a 5-1 lead.
Langston again got things started in the fifth inning with a single to left. He came all the way around to score on a double deep to right center by Lowery for a 6-1 JMU advantage.
The Dukes loaded the bases in the seventh on a single and a pair of walks. Lescanec then lined a shot to the gap in left center to empty the bases for a three-run double and a 9-1 JMU lead.
JMU added on in the eighth inning as Knight and Haynes led off with singles. Browning hit both in with a double to left center. Two more scored on the first JMU homer by Burford for a 13-2 lead for the Dukes.
The Dukes will play their first midweek road contest of the season on Wednesday at Radford at 3 p.m.