Dukes Split Sunday to Take Series from High Point

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (JMU Athletics) -- On a beautiful Sunday in Harrisonburg, the James Madison baseball program split the doubleheader to win the series over the High Point Panthers. The Dukes posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2011 with a 2-0 win on Saturday and an 11-0-win Sunday morning. Nick Stewart picked up his first win of the season in game one of the doubleheader and the Dukes posted the most hits in a game this season with 16.

In game two High Point was able to get their first runs of the weekend, defeating JMU 8-6. The Dukes improved to 10-5 on the season and will now host Lehigh for two games during the midweek. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Park.

GAME ONE

GAME FACTS
- With the 11-0 victory in game one of the doubleheader, JMU posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2011.
- Kyle Novak went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in game one to extend his hitting streak to eight consecutive games.
- Nick Zona had himself a ballgame going 4-for-5 from the dish and driving in one run. He also scored a run for the Dukes.
- Nick Stewart earned his first victory of the season this afternoon, improving to 1-2. Stewart pitched 5.0 innings, allowed no runs, on 4 hits, and struck out 4.
- The Dukes exploded for 8 runs in the eighth to break open the game late.
- DaVonn Griffin hit his first homerun of the season with a blast to left.

SCORING SUMMARY
Bottom 1st | JMU 1 – HPU 0 | Carson Bell singled to second base allowing Trevon Dabney to score.
Bottom 4th | JMU 2 – HPU 0 | Nick Zona singled to left field to score Dom Cepullio.
Bottom 7th | JMU 3 – HPU 0 | Harry Brown singled to right field to score Michael Morgan.
Bottom 8th | JMU 11 – HPU 0 | Kyle Novak cleared the bases with a double and advanced to third on the throw to score three runs. Brady Harju would ground out to score Matt Dipasupil. Travis Reifsnider picked up his first career hit and scored Michael Morgan. DaVonn Griffin blasted a three-run home run to left to extend the lead to 11-0.

GAME TWO

GAME FACTS
- Kyle Novak increased his active hit streak to 9 games with a near inside the park home run in the second inning.
- Christian Bourne tied a season high outing this afternoon, pitching 1.0 inning and not allowing a hit.
- Dan Goggin was pinned with his first loss of the season.
- Anthony Piccolino II had a career high appearance striking out two in his 1.2 innings pitched.

SCORING SUMMARY
Top 1st | JMU 0 – HPU 1 | High Point scored their first run of the weekend in game two after the pitcher Joe Johnson singled through the left side.
Bottom 2nd | JMU 5 – HPU 1 | The Dukes scored five in the bottom of the second including a near inside the park home run by Kyle Novak. Novak was thrown out at the plate, but score two runs to increase the lead to 5-1.
Top 3rd | JMU 5 – HPU 4 | High Point scored three in the top of the third to cut the Dukes lead to 5-4.
Top 5th | JMU 5 – HPU 5 | High Point's JJ Woodard was caught stealing in a run down and allowed a runner to score to tie the ballgame.
Top 6th | JMU 5 – HPU 8 | The Panthers tacked on three more in the top of the sixth to take an 8-5 lead.
Bottom 8th | JMU 6 – HPU 8 | The Dukes got one back in the eighth when Dom tripled to left center and Harry was able to score.

WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
"I was happy to see the guys come ready to play our fourth doubleheader of the season today. Nick Stewart was good on the mound in game one and our offense really found its rhythm in the eighth. We played clean on the base paths and our pen did their job. Nick Zona had a great day at the plate going 6-for-8 and knocking in a couple runs. In game two things were in reach. We weren't able to push across enough runs to win and we will work on a couple things heading into the midweeks."

UP NEXT
The Dukes will host Lehigh for back-to-back midweek matchups at Veterans Memorial Park. Both the Tuesday and Wednesday games are scheduled for 4:00 p.m.