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Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:04/26/2009
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

HARRISONBURG, Va., April 26, 2009 – Redshirt sophomore Trevor Knight (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield) pitched 5 1/3 innings of dominant relief and doubled twice at the plate to lead James Madison to a 6-5 victory over Georgia State to finish a Colonial Athletic Association baseball sweep on Sunday afternoon at Long Field/Mauck Stadium.


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 (Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby) started for JMU and allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.  Both runs came on solo homers.


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 (Mystic, Conn./Fitch), sophomore third baseman McKinnon Langston (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian), and redshirt senior first baseman Lee Bujakowski (Hopewell, Va./Hopewell) each had RBI hits for the Dukes.


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.


Georgia State took the early lead on a pair of solo home runs in the third inning by Hogan and Mimeault.  A third run scored in the fourth after a pair of walks and a dropped popup by the pitcher, Knight.


JMU finally got on the board in the fifth as freshman catcher Jake Lowery (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) led off with a single to right center and reached second on a bunt.  He came around to score on an RBI single up the middle by Bujakowski for a 3-1 score.  Knight smashed an opposite-field double off the wall in right center to score Bujakowski, however, redshirt junior right fielder Matt Townsend (Lorton, Va./Hayfield) was thrown out at the plate just a few steps behind.


In the sixth, junior second baseman Mike Fabiaschi (Torrington, Conn./Torrington) singled and Lowery reached on a walk.  Langston then poked a single the opposite way through the right side to drive in Fabiaschi with the tying run.


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 Maryland at 4 p.m.



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 Georgia State... Fabiaschi extended his hitting streak to 17 games.

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