Dukes Keep it Close Against No. 8 Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. No. 8 Louisville swept James Madison on Sunday to complete the series sweep against the Dukes. The sweep was the first the Dukes had incurred since March of 2016 against Gardner-Webb. The Cardinals defeated the Dukes 11-1 in game one and 1-0 in game two of the doubleheader. JMU was able to pitch five scoreless innings against the Cards in game two and only allowed one run on six hits. Trevon Dabney scored the only run for the Dukes this weekend, crushing a home run over the left field wall in game one of the doubleheader.

James Madison will be back in action on Tuesday against George Mason at 4:00 p.m. The game against George Mason will open up a six-game home stand for the Dukes.

GAME ONE

GAME FACTS
- Nick Bennett had a career high in strikeouts for the Cardinals with 10 in the first game of the doubleheader.
- The Dukes held the Cardinals at bay until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Louisville scored five to blow open their lead to 8-0.
- Trevon Dabney scored the only run for the Dukes this weekend, blasting a home run to left field in the top of the seventh. The home run was the first of Dabney's career.
- Nick Stewart was pegged with the loss after allowing 3 runs on, 2 hits and struck out one.

SCORING SUMMARY
Bottom 1st| JMU 0 – LOU 1 | Tyler Fitzgerald grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Jake Snider to take a 1-0 lead.
Bottom 2nd| JMU 0 – LOU 3 | Louisville tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the second, after a ground out to short and a triple cleared the bases.
Bottom 5th| JMU 0 – LOU 8 | The Cards broke open the scoring five runs in the bottom half of the inning to extend their lead to 8-0.
Bottom 6th| JMU 0 – LOU 9 | Zach Britton singled through the right-side scoring Tyler Fitzgerald to take a 9-0 lead in the sixth.
Top 7th| JMU 1 – LOU 9 | Trevon Dabney hits a solo home run to left field to cut the lead to eight.
Bottom 7th| JMU 1 – LOU 10 | Trey Leonard singled up the middle and scored a 10thrun for the Cards.
Bottom 8th| JMU 1 – LOU 11 | Justin Lavey doubled off the wall in right to add to the Cardinals lead.

GAME TWO

GAME FACTS
- David Willis made his first career start in game two, playing left field for the Dukes.
- Bryan Hoeing had a career high in strikeouts with 9 against the Dukes on Sunday afternoon.
- Brett Ayer was tabbed with his first loss of the season, falling to 2-1 and did not record a strikeout for the first time all season.
- Game two was the shortest game JMU has played in this season, finishing in 2:21.

SCORING SUMMARY
Bottom 6th| JMU 0 – LOU 1 | Tyler Fitzgerald flied out to left field scoring the only run of the ballgame on a sacrifice fly.

WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
"It was a tough weekend at Louisville. They have a lot of good arms and they were excellent on the bases. I thought our pitchers did a great job of coming in and doing their job especially in game two today. Joe was great to start and Brett, Dan and Matt all did what was asked. We gave up one run in the sixth and that was the difference. We struggled to hit the baseball and we will learn from this weekend and get ready for Tuesday."

UP NEXT
JMU will host George Mason on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. to open up a six-game home stand at Veterans Memorial Park.