JMU improved to 22-17 overall and 7-6 in the CAA with its fifth straight victory, the longest winning streak of the season. UD dropped to 21-13 for the year and 7-6 in the league. The Dukes defeated the Blue Hens for the fifth straight time and the ninth time in 11 games.
JMU jumped out to a commanding 7-0 lead in the game, only to see
After Johnson helped send the game to extra innings with a strikeout, caught stealing double play in the ninth, he earned the big hit for the Dukes in the 10th. Junior second baseman Mike Fabiaschi (
Sophomore right-hander Kevin Munson (
The game started as a showdown between the CAA’s strikeout leaders as JMU sophomore Turner Phelps (
Rorick finished with seven runs allowed on 13 hits with six strikeouts in seven innings. Corey Crispell took the loss with three innings in relief, allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts.
The top six hitters in the JMU lineup each had multiple hits. Redshirt junior right fielder Matt Townsend (
Fabiaschi hit a pair of doubles to extend his streak to 11 games while scoring once and driving in two. Junior left fielder Matt Browning (Mystic, Conn./Fitch) went 3-for-5 with his sixth home run and two RBIs. Junior center fielder Alex Foltz (
Catcher Ryan Reed went 2-for-4 with a run as the only Blue Hen with multiple hits. Designated hitter Chris Nehl smacked a two-run home run. Third baseman Carlos Alonso also drove in two with a double.
JMU jumped on the board first in the first inning as Townsend led off with a full-count single through the left side. He moved to second on a groundout and reached third on a bloop single to right by Herbek that landed just in front of the outfielder. With two outs, Foltz poked a single to left to drive in the first run of the game. Fabiaschi followed with a double drilled to the gap in right to plate two more runs for a 3-0 lead.
The Dukes led off the third with a single to left by Herbek. He moved to third on a throwing error by Rorick on a failed pickoff. He then scored on a bouncing grounder through the left side by Browning.
Browning added his second RBI of the game in the fifth on a solo home run to right, his sixth of the season.
Langston drilled a one-out double to the gap in left in the sixth. Townsend then followed with an opposite-field, two-run shot off the scoreboard in right, his 15th round tripper of the season, to put the Dukes up 7-0.
Phelps was cruising until the sixth when the Blue Hens struck for seven runs on just five hits. Reed singled through the left side with one out and Nehl followed with a line-drive home run to left for his fifth of the season. Left fielder Jared Olson reached on a double that Townsend couldn’t handle in the sun, and second baseman Pat Dameron drove him in with a two-out double to the gap in right. After a walk by shortstop Kyle Davis, Alonso drilled another double to the gap in right to pull the Blue Hens to within two at 7-5. Munson entered and walked Merkler before Reed then reached on an error by Herbek, allowing two runs to score.
Game two of the series will be Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., a change from the originally announced time of 1 p.m.