JMU improved to 27-18 on the season with its 10th win in 11 games. The Dukes have also won seven of eight league contests to improve to 11-7 after their first sweep of the season. GSU, which lost to JMU for the seventh straight time, fell to 26-18, 8-7 in the league.
Knight entered with one on in the fourth and allowed a walk and a run to score on an error before then retiring 10 consecutive batters, including striking out the side in the sixth. He allowed no hits until two outs in the ninth on a single and a two-run home run. He recovered to end the game on his sixth strikeout to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Senior left-hander Justin Wood (
Aiden Francis took the loss in relief for GSU after allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits in 1 1/3 innings. He took his first loss of the season to fall to 4-1.
Knight paced the offense with a pair of doubles, a run, and an RBI. Junior center fielder Alex Foltz was also 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Junior left fielder Matt Browning (
The Panthers had just five hits in the game. Center fielder Nick Hogan homered twice and drove in three. Catcher Marc Mimeault also had two hits with a solo home run.
JMU finally got on the board in the fifth as freshman catcher Jake Lowery (
In the sixth, junior second baseman Mike Fabiaschi (
Knight led off the seventh with a double to center and moved to third when Hogan bobbled the ball. After a hit batter, Browning reached on an error by the shortstop, Childers, while driving in Knight for the go-ahead run. Foltz then lined a single up the middle to drive in two for a 6-3 lead.
JMU will be on the road for seven consecutive games, beginning Tuesday in a rescheduled game at
NOTES: Matt Townsend had his hitting streak snapped at 34 games after tying the school record of 34 set by Mark Brockell in 1988... Townsend went 0-for-4 with a hit by pitch... Townsend’s streak began March 7 in the second game of a four-game set at Stetson... he has had just four games all season without a hit... JMU is now 14-2 all-time against