Dukes Late Rally Comes Up Short

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (JMU Athletics) -- James Madison baseball fell to 15-7 on Wednesday night after being defeated by Fairfield 9-2. Justin Showalter fell to 1-1 on the season and the Dukes failed to score until the ninth inning. Liam McDonnell pitched a career high 1.0 innings on Wednesday in relief, as Christian Bourne recorded his first strikeouts. Kyle Novak drove in the only two runs for the Dukes this afternoon on a single to right field. The Dukes will host Delaware this weekend to open up CAA play. First pitch is slated for 4:00 p.m.

GAME FACTS
- Trevon Dabney walked a season high three times in Wednesday's loss to Fairfield.
- Liam McDonnell pitched a career high 1.0 innings on Wednesday and Christian Bourne recorded his first strikeout of the season.
- Kyle Novak drove in the only two runs for the Dukes this afternoon on a single to right field.
- The Dukes will open up conference play with Delaware coming to town this weekend.

SCORING SUMMARY
Top 6th | JMU 0 – FAIRFIELD 2 | The Stags score two in the top of the sixth to take a 2-0 lead.
Top 7th | JMU 0 – FAIRFIELD 3 | Fairfield added a third run on a single to right field.
Top 8th | JMU 0 – FAIRFIELD 7 | Fairfield was able to score four runs in the top of the eighth to increase their lead to 7-0.
Top 9th | JMU 0 – FAIRFIELD 9 | Stags add two more in the top half of the ninth to increase their lead to 9-0.
Bottom 9th | JMU 2 – FAIRFIELD 9 | Kyle Novak singles to right field to score two, but the late rally ends as the Dukes fall on Wednesday.

WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
"I have to give Fairfield credit, they were able to put runs up and extend the lead when they needed to. I thought the guys out of the pen did a good job limiting their totals, they were just able to add small amounts to put us away late. We are looking forward to really showing what we can do against Delaware this weekend."

UP NEXT
JMU baseball will open up conference play with a weekend series against Delaware. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. inside Veterans Memorial Park.