ELON, N.C. (JMU Athletics) -- James Madison baseball dropped their first CAA series of the season, falling to Elon 3-1 on Saturday. The Dukes fell to 18-10 on the season and 2-3 in conference play. Elon scored the first three runs of the ballgame capitalizing on one walk and an error by the Dukes.
JMU would respond in the fourth inning, scratching across one run thanks to a sacrifice fly by Matt Dipasupil. George Kirby would improve to 5-0 with a complete game over the Dukes. Kirby allowed one run on four hits to earn the victory tonight. Nick Stewart fell to 3-3 on the season with the loss and the Dukes will send Joe Williams to the bump on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
- Matt Dipasupil drove in the only run the Dukes score on Saturday, punching a sacrifice fly out to center field to score Michael Morgan.
- Nick Stewart and Brett Ayer combined for eight strikeouts, four apiece. Stewart went 5.0 innings, allowing four hits and three runs.
- The back-to-back losses to Elon was just the third time this season that the Dukes have lost 2+ games in a row. JMU hasn't lost more than three games consecutively this season.
Bottom 1st | JMU 0 – ELON 1 |Elon got on the board first with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Bottom 3rd | JMU 0 – ELON 3 | The Phoenix increase their lead on a wild pitch and scored a second on a single to right center.
Top 4th | JMU 1 – ELON 3 | The Dukes broke through in the fourth when Matt Dipasupil flied out to center. Michael Morgan would score from third to cut the lead to 3-1.
WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
"Today was a battle. I think we knew that Kirby had some good stuff and he showed that pitching a complete game. We just couldn't capitalize on our guys on and baseball is a game of free bases. They won the battle of free bases and ultimately won the game. We will have to come out and be tougher than them, as well as win the free bases game."
The Dukes will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. from Latham Park.