Northeastern jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings on its way to a 17-1 win over James Madison to clinch the Colonial Athletic Association baseball series on Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park.
JMU drops to 16-31 overall and 7-10 in the CAA. Despite the series loss, the Dukes still sit in the sixth and final playoff spot with one conference series remaining. Northeastern improves to 23-25 overall and 8-10 in the conference.
Four Northeastern players had multiple hits in the game, including Jason Vosler, who singled, doubled and drove in four runs. Michael Foster had three hits for the Huskies, while Brad Burcroff and Sean Lyons had two hits apiece.
In his final at-bat at Veterans Memorial Park for JMU, senior third baseman Ty McFarland (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) broke up a shut out with a solo home run to right field to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. He had two hits in the game, as did redshirt sophomore shortstop Kyle Weston (Penn Laird, Va./Spotswood) and senior designated hitter Nick Merullo (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand). Senior right fielder Tyler Gregory (Dothan, Ala./Houston Academy) and senior second baseman Conner Brown (Richmond, Va./Godwin) chipped in with one hit apiece.
The Huskies’ Dustin Hunt remained unbeaten at 6-0 after pitching six scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked two batters and had six strikeouts. The Dukes’ Mark Gunst (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI) took the loss, dropping to 2-7 on the year.
JMU will play its final non-conference game of the season when it travels to Longwood on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.