Big Second Inning Propels Dukes to First CAA Series Win of the Year

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (JMU Athletics) -- James Madison baseball defeated the Delaware Blue Hens Sunday afternoon, 7-4, to pick up their first CAA series win of the season. The Dukes improved to 17-8 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Joe Williams was relieved in the fourth after breaking rhythm thanks to a seven-run second inning for the Dukes. Brett Ayer came entered in the fourth and earned his third victory of the season, improving to 3-1.

JMU's second inning scoring started with Nick Zona being hit by a pitch. Trevon Dabney worked a walk and then DaVonn Griffin scored on a wild pitch. Fox Semones hit a three-run shot to left center to increase the Dukes lead to 6-0 and Matt Dipasupil pushed a sacrifice-fly out to center field to cap off the seven-run inning. The Dukes will travel to VMI on Wednesday, before dipping back into conference play at Elon this weekend.

GAME FACTS
- Joe Williams picked up a no-decision when he was relieved in the fourth by Brett Ayer. Ayer picked up his third win of the season conserving the Dukes lead to improve to 3-1.
- Fox Semones went 2-for-4 on the evening, collected three RBIs on his blast to left center field. The home run was Semones first of the season. His hits today extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
- Matt Dipasupil picked up where he left off last night going 1-for-2 with a run, RBI and a walk.
- The Dukes stole five bags again tonight brining the season total to 47.
- JMU pitchers struck out nine batter to bring the season total to 247.

SCORING SUMMARY
Bottom 2nd | JMU 7 – DELAWARE 0 | Nick Zona is hit by a pitch in the second to push Michael Morgan home. Trevon Dabney walked to push Matt Dipasupil home. DaVonn Griffin scored on a wild pitch and the two batters later, Fox Semones crushed a home run to left center to give the Dukes a 6-0 lead. Matt Dipasupil would fly out to center a couple batter later and allowed Kyle Novak to score.
Top 3rd | JMU 7 – DELAWARE 3 | Delaware strung a few singles in the third to score three in the top half to cut the Dukes lead to 7-3.
Top 9th | JMU 7, DELAWARE 4 | The Blue Hens scored their final run in the top of the ninth on an errant throw by the catcher.

WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
"I am really proud of how the guys responded after Friday. Fox was superb at the plate and has really changed the way he plays. He started the year trying to swing for the fences, but has kept it simple lately and has shown how valuable he is. I really felt for Joe who plays such a rhythm style game. He pitched well in his outing, but the 45-50 minutes off in the second inning really messed up his momentum and halted it. All in all it was a good start to conference play and we will now shift our focus to VMI on Wednesday and Elon this weekend."

UP NEXT
James Madison will travel to VMI on Wednesday for a midweek matchup against the Keydets. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. from Gray Minor Stadium.