Cougars Quick Start Downs Dukes

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (JMU Athletics) -- James Madison baseball dropped their fourth straight conference game on Friday, falling 5-1 to College of Charleston. The Dukes fall to 18-13 and 2-5 in conference play. Kevin Kelly fell to 4-4 on the season and Griffin McLarty pitches his second complete game this season.

College of Charleston took an early lead in the top of the first with a single through the right side. The Cougars would add two in the top of the second and one in the top of the third. Brady Harju extended his hit streak to six with two singles. Fox Semones doubled down the line in right, scoring Conor Hartigan to cut the lead to 5-1.

- Conor Hartigan made his return to the lineup Friday, tallying a hit and scoring the lone run
- Kevin Kelly fell to 4-4 on the season with the loss on Friday
- Brady Harju had the only multi-hit game for the Dukes this evening
- Griffin McLarty pitched his second complete game of the season with the win against JMU

Top 1st | JMU 0 – CHARLESTON 1 | The Cougars took an early 1-0 lead with a single through the right side.
Top 2nd | JMU 0 – CHARLESTON 3 | Charleston added two more in the second to extend their lead to 3-0.
Top 3rd | JMU 0 – CHARLESTON 4 | College of Charleston added their fourth run in three innings to increase their lead to 4-0.
Top 7th | JMU 0 – CHARLESTON 5 | Charleston launches a home run over the wall in left and extend their lead.
Bottom 7th | JMU 1 – CHARLESTON 5 | Fox Semones doubles down the line in right and the Dukes scratched across their first run of the ballgame.

"Tonight was a tough one. We couldn't get the bats working and it is uncharacteristic of us this season. I was pleased to see Conor back out on the field. He has been working hard to get back and I think now that he has that weight lifted off his shoulders he will start to make a big impact like he was before he went down with an injury."

The Dukes will host College of Charleston, Saturday for game two of the three game set. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. from Veterans Memorial Park.